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May 1st, the city council had a public hearing about the proposed second hand ordinance.

http://www.ketv.com/article/om aha-city-council-holds-public- hearing-on-secondhand-ordinanc e-next-discussion-may-22/20118 880

http://www.omaha.com/news/metr o/councilman-plans-exemption-t o-proposal-to-fingerprint-phot ograph-sellers-at/article_a6ff feef-21af-585e-ab99-32f50a40af 16.html

Here’s what was discussed.

Proponents

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer started by saying the original ordinance has benefited the Omaha police department that allows police to trace stolen goods and see ordinance as a way to address property crime in Omaha.

Todd later stated “police are willing to work with everyone & is not against any business and appreciated the comments during the meeting.

John Dineen of Sol’s Jewelry & Loan was for the ordinance saying the system has been effective and have no complaints from people getting fingerprints & photographs. “Those two weeks, I understand some people’s concerns, but also, too, you’re talking about product that could potentially be stolen and you want to make sure that rightful owners do get it back if it is.”

Opponents

3 Jewelry stores/owners started off fighting the ordinance. Borsheims Chief Financial Officer Erin Limas said the ordinance should not apply to trade in property – rings.

Mark Schmelzer, owner of Mark Edward Private Jeweler. “I can’t imagine the blowback from my good clients when I ask them for a fingerprint,”

Gundersons just stated agreed with counterparts.

Rockbrook Camera, owner mentioned privacy issue & hinderance of the law.

Play it Again Sports, owner good friend Rich Messina has spear headed the effort in trying to stop this ordinance from passing. “It’s a tremendous amount of administrative time and effort and costs that applied on a small business.” Rich stated the law is not going to prevent theft. “It just means they’ll have to find another place to sell it,” “I’m buying mostly from moms and dads selling their kids’ stuff,” he said. “I know most of my customers. We’re engaged in the local community.” It’s a tremendous amount of administrative time and effort and costs that applied on a small business.

Coinhuskers and ABC coins spoke on behalf of coin dealers. I started out stating we’re a financial institution as defined by the Bank Security Act which means our business is required to have an anti-money laundering program and bank managers watch how we do business. Stated both our shops have been broken into. The police were not able to help us but we are suppose to be able to help the police? Stated “The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.” – Milton Friedman Then, asked Todd Schmaderer (Omaha Police Chief) who was sitting behind me… what is the success ratio of solving home burglaries in Omaha about 15% Todd? Todd stated higher than the national average. Then, stated if the police can only solve 15% of home burglaries and has an 85% chance of not solving home bulglaries how do you expect us to help? We are not in business to do the police job – that is what they are paid for. Business and people will go where they are treated best. Mention why left CB because of similar regulation. Tom spoke about holding bullion for 14 days and how many dealers are on online selling that will not be under this ordinance. Councilmen Brinker Harding asked Tom to explain how a daily transaction works.

Two council members — Aimee Melton and Brinker Harding — said they thought the ordinance as proposed went too far. “If we continue to put more regulations and burden our brick-and-mortar businesses … it makes it harder for them to do business,” Harding said. Brinker also states “How embarrassing it would be to get Bill Gates ID to sell to trade in items at Borsheims. You do not need an ID to vote but need an ID to sell items.”

Ben Gray made a few odd comments… (paraphrased) one being we are not trying to hit a home run with this ordinance. We have got to first base with this ordinance now where trying to get to second base.

Other Comments

Police Sgt. Tina Jennum said some neighboring communities require sellers to submit two pieces of identification and agree to longer hold times.

Festersen noted that the city can’t regulate online retailers. And he said the city’s Law Department advised against lowering the hold time from 14 days, saying the city should remain consistent with state law.

“We’re not asking for more,” she said. “We’re asking just to keep up.”

The council took no action, though it agreed to move a vote on the proposal to May 22, the next meeting when all council members would be present.

“Watch money. Money is the barometer of society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done not by consent but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods but in favors – when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – then you will know that your society is doomed. Gold is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half property, half loot.” – Ayn Rand

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