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May 22nd, the Omaha city council approved a new second hand dealer ordinance with a 4 to 3 vote.


Who voted for the Ordinance
Pete Festersen – Created the bill and there was no way to changed his mind.

Ben Gray

Chris Jerram – Mentioned he was a victim of a home burglary so he has perspective on the issue and the Omaha police helped him recover an item that was pawned to a local pawn shop.
Chris gave an emotional response saying his wife’s jewelry was stolen in a home burglary, along with a camcorder with every first moment of our daughters lives. Every one. It included video of the first time they said mama and took first steps.
He thanked Pete Festersen for improving the ordinance and said he can definitely see and appreciate the need and can relate to the thousands of property crime victims in the city.

Vinny Palermo – Mentioned he was against the Ordinance initially.
He said having the police chief say the Ordinance would be helpful changed his mind.

Who voted against the Ordinance
Brinker Harding – Talked about how our civil liberties are being taken away with this law. Brinker talked about gold dealers dealing with a market that changes by the second having to hold onto product for two weeks – the required holding period – some items do not have identifying marks or serial numbers, making it hard to return the items to rightful owners.
He mentioned it would be hard for gold dealers to stay in business with the Ordinance.
“I still philosophically am not on board with this.” – Brinker Harding

Aimee Melton – Talked about the privacy issue with the Leads Online program… a third party database.

Rick Pahls – Noted that people can still sell stolen goods online and that the ordinance could undercut local brick-and-mortar businesses.

The ordinance now goes to Republican Mayor Jean Stothert, who earlier this month voiced support for it on The World-Herald’s “10 Minutes With the Mayor.”
“I think it’s a tool that will help the police,” she said, noting that it had the support of Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

What’s in the Ordinance?
14 day hold time
Digital photograph of items bought, signature, photograph’s and fingerprints of sellers. ID’s will be collected as well.
Sellers are entered into a third party Leads Online program that puts all liability on business owners

“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 r-ewarded 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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