By SHANNON WATKINS
Current Virginia law states that pawnshops must see a government-issued identification from sellers, and give the police a daily report of each seller’s name, address and other information from their ID card.
A new law passed by Virginia state legislature states that in addition to these measures, the ID must have a photo of the seller, and pawnbrokers must keep a digital image of the seller’s ID.
Also, pawnbrokers will not be allowed to receive or resell goods that have had their original serial numbers altered or changed. Violating this law, which goes into affect on July 1, will be considered a Class 4 misdemeanor and punishable by up to a $250 fine.
Pawnbrokers in Pulaski County, however, aren’t too concerned about the new law.
Ron Frank Jr., owner of Pulaski Pawn and Firearms, said, “It’s a great thing. Anything we can do to get rid of the stolen stuff just makes things better for all of us. I don’t think it’ll affect us in any way. We work with the cops anyway. There’s really no change.”
“I don’t know. I mean, I haven’t really had time to think about it, to be honest,” said Sherry Ramey, owner of Dublin Pawn and Firearms, about the new law, though she went on to echo Frank’s sentiment by adding, “I mean, we’ve pretty much been doing everything all the way around anyway, giving reports to the police every day.”
Jeremiah Gardner, owner of Gardner’s Pawn and Antiques in Pulaski, said, “I think it’s a good idea. I don’t think it’ll affect us in any way.”
He noted that in addition to current measures, “all we’ll be doing is keeping a photo of the ID. It’ll cost me a little more in ink, but that’s about it.”