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Louisiana: No Cash For Secondhand Goods

October 21, 2011 by  

Louisiana: No Cash For Secondhand Goods

If you’re in Louisiana and you plan to buy secondhand goods, cash may be useless.

By order of new legislation in the State, House Bill 195, those who buy or sell secondhand goods are no longer allowed to use cash to complete the transactions more than once a month, according to The Consumerist.

Lawmakers in the State claim that the new legislation will cut down on theft of metal and other goods by creating a paper trail of money orders, checks and electronic transactions for police to use as investigative leads.

The law puts requirements on any individual who has a yard sale more than one time in a month and will also affect trading posts and flea markets. They will now all be required to keep detailed records of transactions by logging customer IDs and accepting only checks, money orders or electronic transfers. Many individuals who operate trading posts and flea markets reportedly are unaware of the new law, but backlash is expected as knowledge of the cumbersome fiscal regulation spreads.   

“The government is placing a significant restriction on individuals transacting in their own private property,” Thad Ackel Jr., a lawyer in the State told KLFY.

Pawn shops, which were already required to record transactions in detail, and nonprofit organizations are exempt from the law.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Al Sieber

    So now we’re gonna have the yard sale police?

    • Jibbs

      Thats just insane. I went to the scrap yard a few months ago to cash in what I had, some cans, copper and iron. It was a little over $200.00 and I was handed a check.
      What if it had been over $600.00, which it has been many times? I think that they are trying to collect taxes more that protect the citizens. It’s just another way for the duberment to steal money from us under the cloak of protection.

      • jimmy the greek

        Bring in some in the morning and the rest in the afternoon .

      • MJG2112

        Assuming you are referring to 1099 reporting, I do not believe that there is a concern here. Transactions over $600 are reportable only if a transaction is service-related or pertains to winnings (ex. lottery). Sale of merchandise has a much higer threshold; I believe it is $5,000.

      • Al Sieber

        Jibbs, I get screwed selling gold and silver, but, they pay me in cash, no ID. up to $9000. but if I sell copper, etc. they ask for ID. and give me a check.

    • slapjack

      If the Police were allowed to shoot thieves we wouldn’t have this problem. Nothing like Politically correct yard sales??????????????

    • Trudie

      Can you belive this stuff? No more government take overs of any kind.

    • http://www.headprimer.com kantstanja

      Just another opportunity to control the masses and strip them of their rights. And what will be the outcome of this? (uh, above and beyond the small percentage of actual criminals caught through trace) will be a running record of your transactions of which you had not paid taxes on and of which (at their whim) can and will use it to prosecute you on federal charges in a court of law if you commit any crime and get off on a technicality.. They devised a similar scenario on Capone and their not above making an example of you. Sound like paranoia? In time, you can judge for yourself.

    • s c

      Al, I can understand the need to look for solutions to problems, but when those solutions smack of pc, National Socialist or Stalinist methods, it’s not worth it.
      The next step will be for Uncle Scam to step in and take over to ‘make certain’ that Louisiana is doing it “right.” Heads we get Hitler. Tails we get Stalin. Watch out, Louisiana.

      • Al Sieber

        I agree s c.

      • DaveH

        And Louisiana will be looking to the rest of us for bailout when they reap the rewards of their failed policies. Sickening.

  • shadowmerlin

    What ever happened to “legal tender for all debts, public and private”?

    • No fool

      100% agree. This has gone too far !!

      • JTB

        gotta love those liberals! they’ll screw you every time, if WE allow it! I think in 2012 they’ll get the message and if they don’t then shame on us!

        • Dave

          How can you blame liberals when this bill was introduced by
          Clif Richardson and sponsored by other Republicans?

          • DaveH

            You do realize, Dave, that Liberals aren’t confined to the Democrat Party?

    • LarryH

      Apparently they’re getting ready to get rid of paper money altogether. They can’t control you if you have real money.

      • Concerned

        What they are getting ready for is, “No man can buy or sell unless he has the Mark of the Beast.” Chips and no cash transactions are on the way. They want to make sure they can TRACK EVERY SINGLE TRANSACTION that is done anytime, anywhere.

        • Erik

          Thanks for tossing in some bible fantasy. I do love you Jeebus freaks. lol

          • kodster

            Erik, try reading the Bible sometime… you’ll find that a lot of what is going on in the world today is now coming true… it’s definitely NOT fantasy, but Truth! By your statement, you’re an athiest, I’d take it, and haven’t taken the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Saviour. Believe it or not, if you do, you’ll understand what all is going on a lot better.

          • DaveH

            I look at the Bible as a history book. It has valuable lessons of experience that any thinking person should pay attention to, Erik.
            Although, in this case, I don’t think we need the Bible to figure out that Big Government is doing everything possible to control our Free exchanges with our fellow citizens. We’ve been losing our Freedom steadily to Big Government for 150 years now, and only the most blindered of the brainwashed sheeples can’t see that.
            For those of you who can’t think outside the box — Government is just people. Would you let your neighborhood people tell you who you can trade with and how?

      • Brian

        Paper money isn’t real money. It’s fiat money backed by nothing.

    • slapjack

      Seem’s to me we need to vote early and often to get a decent chance at a real human canidate. I’m tired of these LOOOOOSERS with the programable microchips imbedded in their butts.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        slapjack,
        Why not? Isn’t that how Nobummer got in???

    • http://www.headprimer.com kantstanja

      “What ever happened to “legal tender for all debts, public and private”?

      Just a word.. That’s what happened. Just as they applied it to the bible, they will now extend it to the law.. The word? “UNLESS’..!!

    • oldtimeyman

      shadowmerlin, your inquiry has a simple answer. Congress abdicated its responsibility and our national sovereignty when we embraced the Federal Reserve system of international banksters.

      April 5th 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a treasonous Executive Order ordering citizens to hand their gold and gold certificates to the private Federal Reserve Bank: Executive Order 6102: 

      “Section 2. All persons are hereby required to deliver on or before May 1, 1933, to a Federal Reserve Bank or a branch or agency thereof or to any member bank of the Federal Reserve System all gold coin, gold bullion and gold certificates now owned by them or coming into their ownership on or before April 28,
      1933″

      “Section 9. Whoever willfully violates any provision of this Executive Order or of these regulations or of any rule, regulation or license issued thereunder may be fined not more than $10,000, or, if a natural person, may be imprisoned for not more than ten years, or both”

      FDR proceeded to implement the “New Deal” which converted the United States of America to the United Socialist States of America. Instituting pure socialism in Social Security, the FCC to control the airwaves, the SEC to control banking and eliminate any potential competitors to the private Federal Reserve Bank.

      http://itistreason.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/the-federal-reserve-a-real-enemy-within/

  • Big Daddy

    iF THE BUREAUCRATS KEEP IT UP IT WILL COME DOWM TO PROVE IT NOF COURSE THEY NOW HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR ANOTHER STING FORCE TO BE HIRED TO ATTEMPT TO ENFORCE THEIR NEW AND SSTUPID LAW.
    i’M REMINDED OF SOMETHING SOCRATES WROTE WHEN DISCUSSING TYRANY
    “THE TIGHTER YOU SQUEEZE THE MORE SLIPS THROUGH YOUR FINGERS”
    WAY TO GO MR. POLITICIAN. “MORONS”

  • Bryan T

    Are these lawmakers really that stupid? If this legislation is designed to curtail “metal theft” then they should know that scrap yards already pay by check and require identification. The state has no right to make laws contrary to the federal government which prints on ever piece of paper money. “THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE” The state has no right to interfere in private commerce on this level. This is a free country and if a citizen wants to sell dirt clods out of his yard for cash every day to whomever want to buy them it is their right.

    • shadowmerlin

      Bryan, read the article more carefully. It’s OK if they’re selling NEW dirt clods. This would only apply if they were selling USED dirt clods.

      • LarryH

        New or used doesn’t matter to the principle being violated here. But since the State does not trump the Federal Govt, I’m not sure this law is actually legal. I hate the FED, but it IS authorized through Congress.

        • http://www.headprimer.com kantstanja

          Yes it is Larry, and THEIR nothing more than bottom feeding Morlocks who are finger puppets to the manipulators of dread. You may call them liberals, others may call them the far right rich but I call them heartless thugs with no real affiliation, even to their own party, who have always been a scourge upon civilization but now are operating in a controlling environment and guess what.. We voted them in (as well as in the past and the future if we don’t wake up).

    • eddie47d

      It does seem like a worthless law but there are thieves who do steal cable wiring and metals from buildings. That was in the news the other day about a gang with large trucks dismantled a whole bridge and took the metal and sold it. People are desperate and well organized to have pulled that off. I have heard about thieves stripping whole buildings of wiring and piping in the middle of the night then selling the copper.Those crimes are now hurting everyone with these new laws.

      • independant thinker

        eddie. How much scrap copper do you see at a yard sale? For that matter how much scrap metal of any kind do you see at yard sales or flea markets (and I don’t mean things you personaly think are scrap that someone else might find useful)? As the article stated the sale of scrap metal such as copper wire and pipe to scrap yards/recyclers is covered under other laws.

        • eddie47d

          Please go read the third sentence for that is what I was referring to.

          • independant thinker

            eddie as usual you missed the whole point. How will banning cash transactions at yard sales and re-sale shops or flea markets do anything to stop the theft of copper, bridges, or anything else that can be sold for scrap. You do not find scrap copper wire and pipe, bridges, scrap metal in general, etc. at those places either for sale or to be purchased. The ONLY place this law will have any possible effect on the sale of various types of scrap metal that has been stolen and sold for cash is the scrap metal and recycling businesses. Everything else is just harassment of the little man who you claim to support.

    • Jibbs

      Not all scrap yards pay by check, most pay cash.

      • independant thinker

        I am sure it would depend on the amount of the transaction. At some point ($500 and over perhaps) the scrap dealer or recycler would pay by check instead of cash.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Bryan T,
      I go to the scrap yard about twice a year here in northeast ohio, and they have NEVER given me a check!! The last time I went in, I walked out with 200.00 CASH!!!

  • http://www.motorcarsfinancial.com Brad

    That is almost as good as sales tax stamps for the drud dealers. Remember this from years ago?

  • David in MA

    next there will be a law
    to keep track of your barter
    activity for tax purposes….
    friggin socialists!

    • http://www.PaulAllenLaufer.com Paul

      If you read the tax code you will find that barter transactions are an income event. Question that comes to mind is how to pay the barter tax? Do I come to the IRS and barter with them? Should I mow there lawn for my tax on the past barters proformed? Not all trading is conducted in currency.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Paul,
        Trade in services only. make sure your service is of the same worth as his. NO GAIN!!

        • oldtimeyman

          I dealt with the IRS years ago on this issue. Here’s how their “minds” or what passes for their minds see it.

          Let’s pretend I own a market-ready, 200 pound pig ready for slaughter and you own a yearling calf ready to be fattened up for slaughter. You need the pork, I want the beef and since both are worth $200 each, we agree to swap. Simple right?

          But the IRS (social planners/NWO banksters) see it thusly: I “sold” my piggy to you for $200 and thus owe the appropriate tax on $200. You “sold” your calf to me for $200 and you thus owe the tax on $200. Our little zero sum trade has now become a double sale with double tax.

          Ain’t government WUNDERFUL?

          • http://?? Joe H.

            oldtimeyman,
            That’s still goods and not services!!

    • Dave

      So you are saying Republicans are socialists when this bill was introduced by a Republican Clif Richardson and sponsored by other Republicans?

      • DaveH

        Do you think somebody can call themselves Republicans and escape the Socialist label when they do Socialist things?

        • AnhydrousBob

          DaveH,
          I think you got it a bit wrong. Just because someone wants bigger government, it doesn’t make him a “Liberal”, unless I’ve missed your point. The un-liberals – the neocons – want big government just as much as the typical liberals. They each just want opposite sides of big government, which, if you figure each side is busy growing their version just continue to grow government bigger and bigger.

  • Sam I am

    This is incredibly stupid. LA deserves to remain a 3rd world state within the US for passing this boneheaded rule. If I was a criminal, I would just drive my cache of stolen goods to the next state to conduct my sales for cold hard cash. Or, criminals will just blatenly ignore the law. How do you really track down on “illegal cash”?? This just another example why I hate corporations. This assaine law only impacts small businesses and people who conduct yard sales. Major crporations continue to be able to dump all their $#$# everywhere and give us all guranetted cancer in a few decades.

    • http://www.lp.org Jerome Bigge

      Looks to me like someone in the state government got the idea that forcing people who hold yard sales to keep records so that they can be required to pay sales taxes or use taxes. This is generally something you see Democrats (who love taxing people) doing. One of the reasons why I belong to the Libertarian Party by the way…

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Jerome,
        This sounds like double tax to me. The first purchaser PAID the tax on the goods.

        • DaveH

          Government people are expert at plucking the goose so as to get as little squawking as possible from the goose.

  • http://www.motorcarsfinancial.com Brad

    Sorry drug dealers. Complete idiots!!

  • JC

    LOL…Good luck enforcing that one.

  • http://www.USAQH.com Sandra

    Ok .. so I have a yard sale on January 30th and a bunch of people I have never seen before, show up and buy everything I have to sell by paying cash … Then I have a yard sale on February 27th. Is that a different month according to the law. I mean it is only 29 days since my last yard sale, but it is a different named month …
    And how do I identify the repeat buyers? Did I stamp their hands? Did I give them a ‘frequent yard sale buyer’ card? What if I DO remember them from last month and confront them? Do they give the money to their 3 year old kid and tell them to pay for it? What if they buy one thing with cash and then a half hour later return to buy something else that they had contemplated buying during the first purchase? Do I have to demand a check from them?
    Is this line of questioning getting ridiculous? Any more so than the law passsed by a bunch of bureaucratic morons? I think not …

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Sandra,
      Even better, how many of those checks willbe GOOD?????

    • DaveH

      Citizens should be seen and not heard.

  • CP

    David in MA, there already is such a regulation, enforced by none other than our fine friends at the IRS. You are required to list the value of anything you receive in barter, plus the value of what you gave, then do a bit of mathematical juggling to come up with a taxable difference. If what you gave was labor, the whole value of whatever you got, be it something as simple as a chair, or as fancy as some high priced dental work, is all taxable income.

    • DaveH

      Abolish the Income Tax!

  • http://www.PaulAllenLaufer.com Paul

    The Bible say in the end times people will not be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast. prehaps the beast is are own government. Just a Thinkers Thoughts…

    • Sam I am

      The bible also say that God punishes the “non beleivers” with eternal hell fire. I don’t care what anyone says, but not even Hitler, or Mao Ze Dung deserve that. 1000 years in Hell, maybe, but not eternity. The concept of hellfire and brimstone was thrown into the bible to cow the peasants into serving the almighty Church.

      • Steve T.

        It doesn’t say any where in the bible that God will burn the unbeliever in fire for eternity.It says you will be disposed of in the fire that burns eternally. ie in the olden days if you were a criminal and you died, you were considered unrighteous and your body was disposed of in the dump out side the city gate.
        Where, because garbage was added daily, the fire appeared to burn eternally. It blows my mind that we are supposed to be the most advanced species on the earth and yet more than half are still ruled by superstitious dogma, are too lazy to go out and find out what is actually going on, and insist on abdicating
        any power you might have to the greedy self absorbed. You rule the government, the government does not rule you.

      • Lost in Paradise

        WOW Sam! How do you know all this? You must be really smart.

      • Wil

        Sam,where does it state that hell is eternal?I’ve read through the Church of Rome-approved Bible and the Gnostic gospels,and havn’t seen it.In revelations,however,hell is referred to as perdition(death of the soul)and the second death.Do you really think a loving God would watch his creation suffer eternally?

    • http://www.headprimer.com kantstanja

      No Paul, the ‘beast’ is money and THAT’S the fact.. Always has been.. Always will and now their expanding the beast to include anything and everything that you buy, sell or barter for. Don’t you recognize him?

    • Erik

      The bible also states that unicorns are real and that snakes can talk.
      I wouldn’t put too much stake in a book of Jew fairy tales.

      • DaveH

        But you do put faith in the Liberal Fairy Tales? Funny.

  • http://larose@healthywealth.co.za Rose Layard

    You guys are still lucky. In Zimbabwe and South Africa they just chuck off the road anybody trying to be a vendor unless they get permits. In Zimbabwe they just plouged them into the ground and trashed them in an operation called “get rid of the rubbish”. All curio dealers had their beautiful art burnt. That’s where you”re heading mate, believe me, I was there.

    • Sam I am

      …and this is why most of Africa is a starving #@#$@ hole. If I was starving to death, I would rather die quickly and end my agony by enjoying a few seconds of sweet revenge maiming, crushing, or chocking a beurocrat or a Nazi policeman. I would then rest ashure knowing his wife and children will be in the kind of suffering I was assumming I was at least able to blind or maim the oppresive buerocrat

      • Steve T.

        The bureaucrat is your servant, he/she is there to do your bidding. That’s what they are paid to do.
        If they are not working in your best interest, fire them and get someone to do the job as you see fit.

        And to RL, i believe the original intention was to throw off the chains of slavery, and create a democratic
        republic that was second to none in the world, that would be a shining example of what is possible, not
        just be “still lucky”, although i do agree we are on a slippery slope downwards to a place very few will
        enjoy.

  • Steve G.

    More taxes, more government regulations, more freedoms lost……Welcome to the Socialist Republic of The United States.

  • star

    More taxes??? that’s what it is all about. we are not suppose to be double taxed on anything, and yet we are, over and over again. If it is used, it has already been taxed. If it is to stop the theft of metals (and I do understand this) than it needs to be specific. In WA.state anything over $30.00 you have to wait for a check to be mailed. There realy are other ways to handle it other than infringing on our rights. But first we have to get the dumb @$$%$ out of office.

    • Sam I am

      I know how to stop criminals. Its called a double barrel shot gun blast to the stomach. If you own a bunch of scrap and really truly care about, then you would invest in barbed wire fencing, and conduct random patrols with shot gun in hand. If you are not willing to do this, then you accept the risk that your stuff may be stolen. A few dead criminals may send the right picture to their wee little brains.

      • Steve T.

        “YOUR STUFF!” the concept of ownership is the bright shadow of its dark brother “GREED”!
        If you accept the fact that you can never actually own anything( what did Steve J. take with him to the grave?), that you are the custodian of the possessions that pass before you, that you are not rich because you have stuff, that if someone asks you for something do not hesitate to give it to them (it will lighten your load), that pretending that you own something is the only real reason you must amass armaments in a futile defence, then and only then you may actually grow up! Criminals are made up of two types of person, those
        that want something that is not theirs, and those that don’t understand that they want something that they
        didn’t need in the first place. Either way they are criminals because YOU think you have ownership.

        • TimAZ

          Spoken like a thief trying to advance his career through the theory that if no one owns anything then I can’t be prosecuted for acquire goods from another individual without permission. So long as you reside within the flesh you will be bound by the laws of man. Your theory of non ownership will never be accepted by those bound in the human condition. In your theory ones life in the flesh can not belong to the individual and is thus up for exploitation for any means by any other for any desire. That is the end result of non-ownership for those who exist within the flesh.

          • Scott

            “one’s life in the flesh cannot belong to the individual”

            THAT is very true, you do not OWN your own LIFE. It was a “gift” from the GOD that created it and IT belongs to GOD. Of course if you don’t believe in GOD or believe in some other form of GOD, other then the Judeo-Christian ONE, then I guess you could be like Frank S. and sing every day,, “I did it my way”…. but it still does not remove the Truth!

          • Steve T.

            On the contrary I am not propounding the theory one should not have power over those possessions that come our way. And i in no way condone taking anything away from anyone, that power of ownership grants under the law (whether formal law or informal law aka ‘finders keepers, losers weepers”)
            And i actually agree with Sam that part of your responsibility as custodian of material goods is accepting risks, I merely was trying to point out to Sam that ownership need not be taken so seriously that you need compound the situation by a) having to buy more goods ie guns and barb wire, and b) risk death
            and jail for killing someone just for the sake of SCRAP. If you change the mind of those that would die for the sake of scrap, or better still, make a world where scrap of any value isn’t worth dying for, maybe we could stop focusing on the minutia of life and explore some real possibilities, or even better evolve into something a few steps away from this caveman mentality we seem to cling to.
            And as for the idea about “life in the flesh” , i don’t “OWN” my life, i was granted this life. (not sure how it happen’s, don’t really need to, just happy to be alive)
            Is my life “exploited by others”….? Sometimes, but whether i own my life or not, seems to be irrelevant to the exploiters.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Steve T.,
          I need your house and ALL your money. Give it freely???

          • Steve T.

            Joe H.
            If you were in need which i seriously doubt, by the sarcastic nature of your question and i was able to help you i would. But you ask from the same point of view as those peoples and nations, that can’t see the riches they already possess, in the first place and only desire more and more, not realizing that when you acquire the wealth of others, you diminish yourself. If your desire for wealth is only to increase your possession, then your motivation is greed, nothing more. If your desire for possession is to compete with your neighbour, then your goal is futile, since there will always be someone who has more. And oh yea, if in fact you truly don’t ‘need’ my house and my riches, you are a liar, which i believe, is the main symptom of greed. And oh yea, ‘YOUR NEED is not an excuse to TAKE’, that’s why we punish thieves. As a friend of mine once said “you can hold the hand of a thief but you can’t hold the tongue of a liar”

          • http://?? Joe H.

            steve,
            Just answering your first post above. If you don’t own your home after it is paid off from you working your a$$ off, then why would you not willingly give it to me? Of course I don’t need it, mine is paid off and we make more than enough to pay the taxes.(SO FAR) All I am trying to get across to you is that if you want to give away all of your worldly goods, then by all means do it! Just don’t tell me what to do with mine or judge me for what I do with mine. I choose to give DIRECTLY to the groups giving the services to children and disabled vets, to mention two. for the government to come in, take my money and redistribute it to others that CAN work and DON’T then I call that THEFT!!

      • Lost in Paradise

        I don’t think you have heard! Defending yourself,family, and property is illegal in the USA. If they blow your head off with a shotgun you are supposed to call the police???? Well, do not shoot anyone or you will be charged for murder even if the were going to kill you. I was told this by several police men in my city. DO not do anything violent or it will be you we arrest.

        • independant thinker

          Don’t know where you live but I sure as hell do not plan to move there. Where I live self defence is accepted and not punished if you can show cause for defending yourself or your home and family.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            independant,
            Probably lives in Cali!!!! most likely LALA Land!!!

          • independant thinker

            Joe that or Mass. or NY city.

    • Brian

      But the item isn’t taxed. The transaction is.

  • Bob McCormick

    If this was really about crime prevention, LA could simply order the cops to do their job, patrol the neighborhood and investigate suspicious activity. A few weeks ago I was in an abondoned factory that had been broken into and had all the copper stolen. The police theorized that it took about three days work to pull off the crime. My question; knowing that the building was vacant, how is it that the cops didn’t notice activity on the property and with only a few scrap yards arround how hard is it to investigate after the fact. Cops are lazy good for nothing a—– all they want to do is write tickets.
    Interesting note, while I was there trying to unlock the gate a cruiser drove by, the cop looked straight at me and kept on going.

  • Lee

    The purpose of this is to prepare us for a cashless society.
    They have confiscated gold before and they will do it again.
    They are trying to put small farmers out of business.
    At the rate they are devaluing the dollar it won’t be long till it’s worth the paper it is.
    How long before a watermelon is worth more than $600?

  • Mike Houst

    Actually, that Louisiana law is un-Constitutional.

    Cash can not legally be prohibited as a monetary means of conducting a transaction.

    Pull out any bill in your wallet.

    Plainly states, “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.”

    Louisiana can require a paper trail, but the can not prohibit the use of cash.

  • http://na Jim

    First they make it illegal to sell vegitables out of your garden, then they tell kids they can’t have a lemonade stand, now no yard sales without restrictions. WTF?????? It has been previously commented on the way scrap metal is processed at scrap yards.

  • armyblue

    I wonder how long before they take us to a tax on oxygen use based upon our weight, activity, illnessness, etc. Seems to me those wind-bags in DC have been using their share, and then some, of oxygen that could have been used for useful purpose. Take the trash out, and, hold your breath.

  • http://www.gillysrooms.blogspot.com Gilly

    Is Louisiana a Communist State? Who are your Communist leaders to dictate how the sale of private property should be conducted and why have the Pawnshops been given a second hand trading monopoly? This smells of corruption to the extreme or perhaps the ex-Russians or the ex-Chinese communists have taken a foothold in your country?.
    Run them out of town fast at the next election before this Communist disease spreads to other States.

    What happens when you cant pay your mortgage or car payments and you need to raise some cash and the only buyer has to be your pawnshop or travel over your state borders? Are you mad in Louisiana ? Your police or the IR want to track every bit of your life which makes me think you are in Russia and your police are the KGB. Gillysrooms from Australia

  • http://www.gillysrooms.blogspot.com Gilly

    Amyblue, how did you guess a tax on oxygen… its coming… in Australia the pink Greens Party who hold the balance of power currently are forcing industry to pay $23 per tonne on Carbon Dioxide which plants need to produce oxygen….in their stupid belief that we humans will reduce our carbon emissions yet in China they are increasing emissions 1000 fold. The Communists have arrived in Australia and it will benefit the Communists in China who wont have a carbon tax to increase the costs of production in Australia…so guess what we will be importing more cheaper goods so less jobs in our country. from Gillysrooms from Australia,

  • Dayplace

    This is not about preventing or investigating criminals, this is about putting in place the means to keep track of ALL commerce. Think about it, do you spend more then claim in income? AUDIT! Do you buy and sell on eBay? AUDIT! Does your state have a USE TAX provision that requires you to pay sales tax on out of state purchases? AUDIT! People of Louisiana, you’ve been had by BIG BROTHER government.

    • Molon Labe

      You are correct!
      This is ALL about Government Socialist control of the private commerce in this country.
      The chip is coming to “allow” you purchase goods and services-
      Mass civil disobedience.
      They are coming for your guns next, so get ready for it.
      They are coming for your gold…
      The New World Order takes away our Constitution and sovereignty.
      OPPOSE THE UN and the UN SMALL ARMS TREATY THAT TAKES AWAY YOUR PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS!

      • DENNIS

        GEORGE SOROS IS BUYING UP GUN AND AMMO MANUFACTURES THROUGH SOME COVER COMPANY. IF THEY CAN’T TAKE THEM, THEY ARE GOING TO KEEP US FROM BUYING GUNS AND AMMO,, BETTER STOCK UP NOW,,,,

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Dennis,
          Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!!!

        • Brian

          Soros is doing no such thing. Just another stupid internet rumor. These baseless rumors serve no purpose other than to drive up the cost of guns and ammo. Are you a gun dealer?

  • ONTIME

    I would find it hard to believe that residents of La. would put up with this nonsense and if they are as smart as I think they are the proponents of that law are in deep trouble. This is just wrong in so many ways and it is a invasion of rights, tradition and privacy.

    You can fight city hall, it’s in your American blood.

  • Lost in Paradise

    THis will be the end of garage and thrift sales in Louisiana.

  • Shane Barber

    The dolts who came up with this un-constitutional, and un-enforceable law are the same bunch who frittered away the money to fix the levies in New Orleans which subsequently failed and caused enormous loss of lives and property. Note to the people of LA: If you have any sense, you will oust every single one of these people from office at your next opportunity. Criminal activity is criminal activity, no matter where it occurs. And the LA state house is no exception.

    • Bob from SoCal

      These kind of laws should be answered with civil disobedience. Everyone should use cash as much as possible in all transactions; as is their right to do so.

    • AnhydrousBob

      Physician, heal thyself.

  • Paul

    Previously stated: “Lawmakers in the State claim that the new legislation will cut down on theft of metal and other goods by creating a paper trail of money orders, checks and electronic transactions for police to use as investigative leads”.

    “Prove it”!!!!!!!

    Opinions are nothing but rhetoric without facts!!

    • Bob from SoCal

      This law has nothing to do with tracking theft. It will be used by law enforcement and government to track our every move.

  • dv

    I believe all but 1 voted for this. I think as well its for tracking everything we do plus no cash society. I think we should all use cash when se can because debit cards are just tracking device. We are made to feel like criminals by using cash. I don’t like to use a credit or debit card in places where iot leaves my view or on line.

  • http://www.texaslonghorn.com/temp/washer_valve.jpg Kirk Dickinson

    This law will not stand muster if taken to court.

  • Joyceann

    I can’t believe Lousiana is doing this! It was just done without telling the people. Does not majority rule here? Those who voted for unpopular laws will find their job limited until the next election. I’m so ashamed of Louisiana

  • Fed up

    Stay the F*** out of my business! It’s personal, it’s private and the gubment can kiss my ass.

  • http://www.personalliberty.com/news/debate-follows-familiar-trend-paul-speaks-up/?eiid=&rmid=2011_10_20_PLA_P11653503&rrid=394771247 Willianm L Collins

    welcome to the start of the new world order of government ploice control states next you will be told what to whear where you can go and what you can buy so you idiots keep putting these people in office that want too dectate to you the hitler regeam has started and it will get a hole lot worst if you people don’t start voting these commies out of office that are taken your freedom’s away from you every day

  • Bob from SoCal

    Soon money will be outlawed completely and the cashless society will be in place. You can see how close we are getting to the time of great tribulation spoken of in the bible. Get ready folks interesting times are here.

    • Erik

      Most intelligent people understand that God, Santa, and the Easter Bunny are the same person.
      Have a cookie on me.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        erik,
        no, actually most intelligent people realise you are full of it!!!

  • Moonsee

    Control is the issue here.

  • Altaica

    So is the government going to pay for yard sales and flea market owners, plus craigs list sellers to have credit card machines and protect them from fraudulent checks too. This is a stupid law. If I go to or run a garage sale I am not going to take checks or credit cards. I’m not paying fees and the cost of a card machine, I can’t afford that. And I’ve been burned by a fraudulent check, which would mean I lose money and my merchandise. Sounds more like a way to stick it to individual entrepenuers. Most people aren’t selling scrap at their flea market or yard sale. This is just idiotic to punish these people.

  • Bob from SoCal

    If the police are worried about scrap metal, I suggest that they do a better job catching criminals, and keep their nose out of our business.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Bob,
      now that would require them to open their eyes and look under the cars that these thieves are cutting the catalytic converters off of as they drive by!!!

  • Jeffrey A. Williams

    FWIW I believe that if LA. passes this legislation it will eventually be challanged it Fed Court as being unconstitutional as it has been the long standing history in America that CASH is legal tender for all debts.

  • Raggs

    This looney idea must have came from oblama.

    • eddie47d

      Your way to obsessed with Obama, Raggs. You’re a laugh a minute! Republican Bobby Jindal is the governor of Louisiana so go poke him in the eye if you need to pick on a politician.

    • Dave

      How can you blame Obama when this bill was introduced by Republican
      Clif Richardson and sponsored by other Republicans?

  • simian pete

    That’s strange, this time it’s a state government that’s interfering in business…usually the Federal government tries to be the executioner of individual properity …

    I just don’t understand why people elect deal killing politicians. There is just no profit in it !

    Nothing in it for me ! Must be a bad state to do business in …

    • simian pete

      Excuse my spelling, “properity” was suppose to be “prosperity” …

  • mari

    Buying used things is a big deal if you want to be GREEN. Reuse is the key word. They should make up their minds, do they want to save the earth or do they want to collect more money??? Oh,we all know what the answer to that is.
    Also, I thought that they wanted to help the poor. Who benifits from being able to buy used things? It ain’t the rich!!!
    FREEDOM IS BEING TAXED TO DEATH.

  • Herbert

    Folks this is stupid and you can not fix stupid.so heat up the tar and get the feathers and put these dip wads on a rail out of town and state.

  • Verus Langham

    Much akin to the methods employed by the ATF, ICE and the Patriot Act to rob Americans of their right to personal protection through gun controls which allow illegals to purchase firearms but not citizens who have paid their debts to society and are now living peaceful and civil lives, and those bonafide U.S. citizens who have never committed any crimes whatsoever. It all begins with a simple rule of “what is fair” being translated into legislation like MEA (now aiming to impose taxation on goods bought over the Internet – even though some of the customers making such purchases are those “brick and mortar” businesses are in fact small businessmen/women who cry “unfair, unfair – these Inet businesses are endowed with unfair advantage over us”….. you know those who want the cake and the icing as well). Then there are those states, cities even counties imposing laws which prohibit the Girl Scouts of America from door-to-door sales of their cookies…. and let us not forget those tycoon children reaping small fortunes selling lemonade from their own refrigerators to the public – what an atrocity to see them getting a piece of the American pie…. It is no longer a speculative pondering as to where big and callous government that has become so greedy (with the backing of a few minority groups) as to begin to further claim protection of the masses by restricting the flow of our goods no longer desired or needed by us into the hands of those who do want or need them.. for a small price. Apparently even the small amounts that the government cannot control has now become an item they can no longer tolerate – they want it all to redistribute as it sees fit. More socialist policies to fuel a failing economy, a failed leadership, a drowning Constitutional Republic, I dare say!

  • herman hootenholler

    what are they going to do about selling/buying on facebook? it seems more people will just be selling on websites like facebook & the like.

  • artbrownsr

    This tells me they don’t want my money,as I only deal in cash!
    I guess I’ll just stay in Alaska!

  • TSX74

    Glad I just read this, we were going to have our convention of about 42,000 members in New Orleans in 2014, but have decided to move it to another business friendly state.

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