While capital controls recently have reared their ugly head in the EU, namely in Italy & Cyprus, many thought it couldn’t happen here.
THEY WERE WRONG…
The State of Louisiana has just passed new legislation BANNING cash transactions for used goods, mandating that any purchase be made via check, electronic transfers, or money order issued to the seller.
The draconian new law also requires all transactions to provide the State documentation of a description of the goods sold, and the client’s personal information including name, address, driver’s license number and the license plate number!
LA House Bill 195 updates the original bill passed in 2011:
Every person in this state engaged in the business of buying, selling, trading in, or otherwise acquiring or disposing of junk or used or secondhand property, including but not limited to jewelry, silverware, diamonds, precious metals, ferrous materials, catalytic converters, auto hulks, copper, copper wire, copper alloy, bronze, zinc, aluminum other than in the form of cans, stainless steel, nickel alloys, or brass, whether in the form of bars, cable, ingots, rods, tubing, wire, wire scraps, 10 clamps or connectors, railroad track materials, water utility materials, furniture, pictures, objects of art, clothing, mechanic’s tools, carpenter’s tools, automobile hubcaps, automotive batteries, automotive sound equipment such as radios, CB radios, stereos, speakers, cassettes, compact disc players, and similar automotive audio supplies, used building components, and items defined as cemetery artifacts is a secondhand dealer.
Anyone, other than a nonprofit entity, 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, other than a nonprofit entity, shall be deemed as being engaged in the business of a secondhand dealer.
A secondhand dealer shall not enter into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of junk or used or secondhand property. Payment shall be made in the form of check, electronic transfers, or money order issued to the seller of the junk or used or secondhand property and made payable to the name and address of the seller. All payments made by check, electronic transfers, or money order shall be reported 16 separately in the daily reports required by R.S. 37:1866.
As Atty Thad Ackel of Ackel & Associates LLC notes, this law goes far beyond even the extraordinary step of banning cash transactions:.
The law goes further to require secondhand dealers to turn over a valuable business asset, namely, their business’ proprietary client information. 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. 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.
This legislation amounts to a public taking of private property without compensation. Regardless of whether or not the transaction information is connected with, or law enforcement is investigating a crime, individuals and businesses are forced to report routine business activity to the police. Can law enforcement not accomplish its goal of identifying potential thieves and locating stolen items in a far less intrusive manner? And of course, there are already laws that prohibit stealing, buying or selling stolen goods, laws that require businesses to account for transactions and laws that penalize individuals and businesses that transact in stolen property. Why does the Louisiana State Legislature need to enact more laws infringing on personal privacy, liberties and freedom?
At least in Louisiana, the slippery slope towards full-fledged fascism has begun…