October 19th, 2011

Louisiana prohibits residents from using cash when buying, selling secondhand goods



Louisiana prohibits residents from using cash when buying, selling secondhand goods

Sunday, October 16, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson



(NaturalNews) If you buy or sell secondhand goods and live in the state of Louisiana, you can no longer use legal tender to complete such transactions. Ackel & Associates LLC (A&A), a professional law firm, explains that House Bill 195 of the 2011 Regular Session (Act 389), which was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, prohibits anyone who “buys, sells, trades or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property [from entering] into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of [such items].”

Besides prohibiting the use of cash, the law also requires such “dealers” to collect personal information like name, address, driver’s license number, and license plate number from every single customer, and submit it to authorities. And the only acceptable form of payment in such situations is a personal check, money order, or electronic transfer, all of which must be carefully documented.

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. But according to A&A, 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.

The new law is so broad and all-encompassing that individuals who buy and sell on sites like eBay or Craigslist using cash will also be in violation of it. Even a stay-at-home-mom who holds a garage sale with her neighbors more than once a month could be required to refuse cash from customers, as well as keep a detailed record of every single purchase made, and who made it.

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

There really is no legitimate reason for banning cash payments, especially in light of the required collection of detailed and excessive personal information. The measure is simply just another excuse for the government to spy on individuals, and take away their economic and civil liberties.

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7 Responses to “Louisiana prohibits residents from using cash when buying, selling secondhand goods”

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    Gregory Romeu Says:

    The people of Louisiana need to realize, we ALL must clean up our states and get our national house in order by yesterday! We will be having hundreds of thousands of our Veterans returning from combat, expecting to see and take advantage of the fruits of their sacrafices overseas.

    So far they will come back to, no home, no job and no viable future. In essence, they will be coming home to a country of citizens that didn’t do their job to truly support our troops by maintaining our country in their absense.

    THIS is a red flag to the citizens of Louisiana to step-up and remove and refresh their state representatives and take a much needed active approach in their state government… Or, be led around by like a bunch of sheep.

    Semper Fidelis,
    Gregory Romeu

  2. 2
    ThomNJ Says:

    Sounds like a few towns or neighborhoods, at least, need to get together and hold a bunch of garage sales at the same time….and only accept cash.

  3. 3
    Daniel Says:

    If you follow the story to its source (as you always should) you’ll see the law states “who buys, sells, trades in or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property more frequently than once per month from any other person”, therefore unless you’re holding monthly garage sales, you’re not likely to be affected. I agree it’s an egregious over reach of government restrictions, but you won’t win any battle by misstating the issue.

  4. 4
    Jim Says:

    I would be marching on the capital. Our liberty is being stripped away from us and that’s a fact.

  5. 5
    Howard Nicholson Says:

    illegal, imoral, totally evil. leaders need tried and punished.

  6. 6
    Ken LaRive Says:

    There was a time when a handshake meant something. Before our laws became loop-holes, and irresponsibility and treachery was taught as normal. A time when a simple signature in India ink, a melted wax droplet on a document stamped with a family crest, or an oath of alliance yelled moments before a battle, brought unbounded strength of purpose, and the courage for true conviction. When a man finally came to a righteous conclusion, by his own volition, that honor was more important than one’s own life, from that moment on he was called an oath keeper.

    Read more here:http://www.examiner.com/article/the-oath-keeper-1

  7. 7
    Ken LaRive Says:

    I remember well the night we all stood there in our new dress blues in New Orleans Louisiana, and held up our right hands to pledge allegiance to our flag and our constitution. At the time I didn’t comprehend the power of that oath, and I am ashamed to say that the gravity of those words did not hit home for another 30 years.

    Read more here:http://www.examiner.com/article/an-oath-to-the-oath-keepers-of-america

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