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Louisiana bans cash transactions, restricts personal freedom

Want to be a vendor at a flea market? Want to hold a couple garage sales? Want to sell something on Craigslist or eBay? Well guess what: if Louisiana is where you live, you can’t do that like the old days. As of August 15, 2011, cash transactions are subject to reporting requirements by the state government and no individual is exempt. Even second hand stores like Goodwill are targeted. The new law is expected to cause a chilling effect on local commerce as well as a significant axe blow to personal freedom.

The new reality in Louisiana commerce.

“The broad scope of this definition can essentially encompass everyone; from your local flea market vendors and buyers to a housewife purchasing goods on eBay or Craigslist, to a group of guys trading baseball cards, they could all be considered secondhand dealers,” said Thad D. Ackel, Jr. Esq. “Lawmakers in Louisiana have effectively banned its citizens from freely using United States legal tender.”

As Natural News reported, “The stated purpose of the law, which excludes non-profits and pawn shops, is to curb criminal activity involving the reselling of stolen goods, particularly metals such as copper, silver, and gold.” According to Ackel, existing Louisiana state law already requires businesses and other resellers of secondhand goods to account for transactions, and has specific laws already on the books that address the selling of stolen goods.

Michael Allen of Opposing Views reported that state Rep. Rickey Hardy who co-authored the bill said it is targeted at criminals who steal anything from copper to televisions, and sell them for cash. He claims that having a paper trail will make it easier for law enforcement: “It’s a mechanism to be used so the police department has something to go on and have a lead.”

“Can law enforcement not accomplish its goal of identifying potential thieves and locating stolen items in a far less intrusive manner?” Ackel said. “Why does the Louisiana State Legislature need to enact more laws infringing on personal privacy, liberties and freedom?”

“We’re gonna lose a lot of business,” Danny Guidry, who owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette, told KLFY-TV. “We don’t want this cash transaction to be taken away from us. It’s an everyday transaction. I think everyone in this business once they find out about it, there will definitely be a lot of uproar.”

KLFY-TV also reported, “Pawn shops have been forced to keep records of their clients for years. However under this bill they are still allowed to deal in cash.”

“Personal freedoms are being trashed to herald a world reminiscent of the nightmare predictions laid down long ago by Orwell and Huxley,” Richard Hensley Davis said on The Economic Voice.

“For every transaction a secondhand dealer must obtain the seller’s personal information such as their name, address, driver’s license number and the license plate number of the vehicle in which the goods were delivered,” Ackel said. “They must also make a detailed description of the item(s) purchased and submit this with the personal identification information of every transaction to the local policing authorities through electronic daily reports.  If a seller cannot or refuses to produce to the secondhand dealer any of the required forms of identification, the secondhand dealer is prohibited from completing the transaction.”

“Louisiana is among a handful of states and cities to ban junkyards from purchasing scrap with cash as police crack down on copper and metal thefts,” New Orleans CityBusiness said on Business Insider. “What sets the Louisiana law apart is its breadth. Louisiana law bans cash purchases for all secondhand goods.”

“If you wish to be paid in cash, you’re a criminal,” said attorney Danielle Waterfield of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, representing more than 1,600 scrap dealers nationwide. “We have a problem with that.”

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