The City Council makes the following findings regarding the need to license and regulate and operating within the city.
(a) Purchasers of jewelry, coins, and other secondhand and merchandise who operate within the city on a temporary basis present an opportunity for the commission of crimes similar to the permanent pawnbrokers, and regulated by the city. If unregulated, such temporary businesses have the ability to and transfer stolen property easily and quickly, thus hampering local law enforcement efforts.
(b) Purchasers of jewelry, coins, and other secondhand and merchandise who operate within the city on a temporary basis present unique consumer protection issues, because such businesses often have out-of-state addresses not easily traced by consumers.
(c) There are greater consumer protection issues and risk of receiving stolen property with respect to due to the much greater intrinsic value of the merchandise, its general lack of unique identifiers and its greater liquidity. Hence a higher level of regulation is appropriate in this context.
(Ord. 94-24, passed 5-16-1994; recodified by Ord. 95-13, passed 8-7-1995; amended by Ord. 2007-18, passed 5-7-2007)