Louisiana prohibits residents from using cash when buying, selling secondhand goods

(NATURAL NEWS)   If you buy or sell secondhand goods and live in the state of Louisiana, you can no longer use legal tender to complete such transactions. Ackel & Associates LLC (A&A), a professional law firm, explains that House Bill 195 of the 2011 Regular Session (Act 389), which was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, prohibits anyone who “buys, sells, trades or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property [from entering] into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of [such items].”

Besides prohibiting the use of cash, the law also requires such “dealers” to collect personal information like name, address, driver’s license number, and license plate number from every single customer, and submit it to authorities. And the only acceptable form of payment in such situations is a personal check, money order, or electronic transfer, all of which must be carefully documented.

The stated purpose of the law, which excludes non-profits and pawn shops, is to curb criminal activity involving the reselling of stolen goods, particularly metals such as copper, silver, and gold. But according to A&A, existing Louisiana state law already requires businesses and other resellers of secondhand goods to account for transactions, and has specific laws already on the books that address the selling of stolen goods.

The new law is so broad and all-encompassing that individuals who buy and sell on sites like eBay or Craigslist using cash will also be in violation of it. Even a stay-at-home-mom who holds a garage sale with her neighbors more than once a month could be required to refuse cash from customers, as well as keep a detailed record of every single purchase made, and who made it.

“Can law enforcement not accomplish its goal of identifying potential thieves and locating stolen items in a far less intrusive manner?” asks A&A. “Why does the Louisiana State Legislature need to enact more laws infringing on personal privacy, liberties and freedom?”

There really is no legitimate reason for banning cash payments, especially in light of the required collection of detailed and excessive personal information. The measure is simply just another excuse for the government to spy on individuals, and take away their economic and civil liberties.

Sources for this article include:

http://ackelandassociates.com/cash-…

http://www.naturalnews.com/033882_Louisiana_cash.html

3 Responses to Louisiana prohibits residents from using cash when buying, selling secondhand goods

  • Until this came out here, I had a lot of respect for Gov. Bobby Jindal….But no more…Who would have thought that Louisiana would become the first offical Police State!…In many forms, the NAZIs & KGB used the same type of tactics to control the movement of the people in Germany…

    Eventually, this kind of repressive government will cause the REAL Americans to rise up against it and that will end in violence… A violence that the morons in government who haven’t a clue how real Americans feel, will not have enough HLS camps to hold the multi-millions who are ready and who will rebel with gusto…

    It’s time to vote out ALL state and federal congress & senates…

    And the foreign army that Janet’s HLS has and is training to contain us, won’t work bc real Americans are armed, too…and one could estimate that perhaps 20-30 million pissed off Americans aren’t going to be taken down so easy….

  • Dosen’t our currancy ( fiat that is) state right on the front ” for legal tender in all debts public and private”? Each day it seems the fed, state, and local gov. are reeling in liberties, freedom etc… Our Republic is long gone.

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