New secondhand dealer law may come to Wicomico County

Second Hand Dealer Law

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - In Wicomico County, a new law could affect business owners.

But there are two sides to this.

The reason it's being looked it as because it's implementation could help to curtail the opioid epidemic. 

It's called the Secondhand Dealer Law. 

Monday night, over 20 business owners met discussing their concerns.

This would affect anybody that buys used items such as antiques, used furniture, and collectibles.

Joe Holloway, one of Wicomico County's council members, went around town notifying owners.

This issue even hitting close to home, as his wife owns the same type of business. 

Holloway tells 47 ABC, "I discovered this on the agenda and I requested it that we look at it a lot closer before we do anything with it. The law that's written is pretty cloudy, we would like to get more clarification on it and we will clarification on it. But first, I did want to meet with the people that were in the business and see what their views were on it."

Seasons Bests Antique of Salisbury is just one of those shops that may get hit with a price tag. The specifics would be having to buy licenses and having to buy fees on a data base. Each valuable being documented.

This gives law enforcement agencies a chance to monitor the selling of stolen property.

Wicomico County's Sheriff's Office wanting this enforced, since it can be a way to put a dent in the opioid crisis. 

Holloway says, "The connection is they think people is just walking off the street and selling things for cash. And retrospect, most of the people that are in this business buy from private homes or from auctions or other businesses."

We also spoke to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff’s Office says this law is in it's initial stages. 

They said this would target any transactions where individuals come into a secondhand dealer and sell things like tools or jewelry. 

If this law does go through, they would have to report it through the rapid system, which is done through the state of Maryland.

From there, they would receive that information at the Sheriff’s Office. 

Sergeant Mark Wagner says, "Those individuals that are addicted to the opiods take items into these stores, take money to purchase the drugs."

For right now, it is in it's initial stages.

It has to be presented to Wicomico County Council.

Business owners are pushing to meet with the Sheriff's Office in order to get everyone's voices heard. 

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