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Monday
Apr082013

RED ALERT: The Gold Police Have Arrived!

This is becoming a disturbing trend.

In Houston you are now considered a criminal if you sell gold or silver.

 

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Info Wars

Law Requires Any Consumer Selling Gold To Submit To Fingerprints And Mugshots

Last week the Houston City Council passed an ordinance requiring people who sell precious metals to be fingerprinted and photographed.  According to KTRK-TV, the ordinance is “meant to help track down criminals who try to resell stolen valuables."

"Gold-buying businesses will now be required to photograph and fingerprint sellers as well as photograph the items that are being sold to the dealer."

In other words, citizens who sell gold will be considered criminals until they demonstrate otherwise.

“It’s going to allow us the tools necessary to combat a lot of the high-end jewelry thefts that’s going on in the city, whether it’s robberies or burglaries,” Houston Police Officer Rick Barajas told the news station last Wednesday.

Audi S8s, Shelby Mustangs, BMW M5s, Dodge Chargers and Honda S2000 roadsters are stolen thousands of times a year and yet people who own them are not required by government to be fingerprinted and photographed in order to sell their cars. Ditto folks who sell expensive items at pawn shops or on eBay. Can you imagine the chaos in commerce that would occur if every item over say $1,000 required the seller to surrender fingerprints and photographs – more accurately, mugshots – which the buyer would be obliged under penalty of law to submit to the state within 48 hours?

"No precious metals thief is going to agree to a mug-shot and thumbprint," said Houston City Council Member Helena Brown in response to the law.

"That’s like declaring that the thieves are going to be turning themselves in.  It’s ludicrous.  I don’t know who told HPD that this is going to help them.  It’s not going to help anyone, but rather it will be damaging to an industry and to our self-respect and liberty."

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Update:

Gold Sellers in Houston Must Submit Fingerprints & Mugshots

 

Is this the start of a trend:

New Bill Requires Gold & Silver Registration In Illinois

 

 

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Reader Comments (22)

ok, so now no individuals that want to sell their gold necklaces can without a finger print? You have got to be kidding me. The people will just go to another city,
Feb 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnne
Fuck em.
Feb 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Cmon DB. In regards the pictures of the precious metals. Just changed my sheets. Damn you.
Feb 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Anne

Exactly. It's a death sentence for businesses that buy gold and silver in Houston. Or a 2-tier market will develop at jewelers and pawn shops -- Here's our offer if you submit to fingerprints and photos, or here is our LOWER offer if you want to sell on the downlow.
Feb 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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Feb 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Just another boost for the underground economy, anther step in making the "real" economy irrelevant.
Feb 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterMr. Mojo
Fuck em doggie STYLE ..........Under ground buyers who PAY CASH will flourish!
Feb 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterFuck Houston ,Texas
This is ridiculous and definitely the Government trying to watch the preppers and take what we have. Real money. First guns, then food and now they are coming after your real money.
Feb 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterPreppers Unite
"Go to another city," you say?

That's silly. It's the Feds testing the water. When you just refuse right from the beginning, they'll back down.

Remember, you have to gang together. There're more of us than there is of them!
Feb 12, 2013 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
If someone is actually stealing and selling gold jewelry for a living in Houston, the cops already know who they are. And if they really are, they are using a $15.00 graphite crucible and a cheap bottle of propane w/ torch, like any hardware store sells to solder plumbing joints, to melt the gold into an unrecognizable lump. They will still get same "scrap" price.

BTW: the "scrap" gold market declined last year by 50%, the second straight year of declining sales. (See kingworldnews.com 2/13/13 interview with gold investment billionaire Eric Sprott for details of the decling scrap/"secondary" market declines.)

You see, the Chinese are buying over 50% of the monthly total of gold mining output world-wide. (100 tons in December out of 200 tons produced.) The Russians have bought more gold than any nation since 2001. India also sucks up huge amounts of gold.

"Houston, we have a problem."

Americans: Got Gold?
Feb 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM | Unregistered Commenterfarang
UNBELIEVABLE!! Gold control? Check. Gun rights? Working on that. Next thing will be fingerprinting those who buy groceries for more than $200. Banana republic here we go. We are so screwed.
Feb 14, 2013 at 12:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterdee dee
All these so-called Patriots and so little push back. Just alot of blowhards bloviating on forums, while the perps blatantly steal and defraud us- openly, surely and unopposed.
Soon the drones will be used to hunt down registered PM owners like they did in Lakota, ND when a rancher's cattle strayed into a neighbors pasture. THAT crime should have been a cause celeb bellweather case and it passed with nary a sniffle among the truthers, oathers and other bull$hitters. Each rights-invasion allowed, emboldens the PTB to commit even bigger next time.

But- no problem, as long as they dont block superbowl coverage.
Feb 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Unregistered Commentersnopes
This is yet another half-assed law promoted by liberal morons who believe that CRIMINALS will follow the law. Yeah right. It won't make a bit of friggin difference because Darius don't take fingerprints or pictures - he just takes the gold and gives you what you want... no questions asked, because Darius is a criminal too.

WE, The People, constituted our government with certain rights, and We, The People, jealously reserved the rest for ourselves. We need to continuously defend those rights against encroachment.
Feb 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterNope
However, if someone breaks into a house and steals all the gold, its going to be harder for them to sell it, and from that point of view this helps to limit crime, doesnt it?
Feb 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM | Unregistered Commentersean
So by getting fingerprinted like a criminal and photographed you prove that you are not a criminal? Where are those pictures and prints being sent?
Feb 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM | Unregistered Commentertyranny
don't know if its true about the requirements, but I think its funnier than shit. Gold bugs complacency and arrogance will now a turn for the better....at least them buggers will be more tolerable and humble.

This is funnier than shit.
Feb 26, 2013 at 11:06 PM | Unregistered Commenterdogismyth
This is where the Super Rich and the governments of the world will fail utterly because a very healthy black market for gold and silver will ensue. People will go back to smuggling gold and silver all over again. Countries offering the highest discount and private business transactions will have the gold trade sown up. You move here,we move there and action thus reaction. Governments will fail as has been proved in history before time and time again.
Apr 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM | Unregistered Commenterbob
I never lost anything in Texas, good thing I don't have to go back.
Apr 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
LMFAO. Reminds me of when I lived in a dry county. Go 10ft over the county line and there's a liquor store. Looks like the same sht they plan for guns. Just say no. Fkm
Apr 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40
Just because a law is made does not always make it right!
Apr 10, 2013 at 8:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterVince
Why do buyers have to show I'd and take a picture and finger print? Give me one good reason how that will affect crime... I can Nederland sellers, but buyers?
Apr 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterMatt cUSUMANO
Good grief!! What else does the government want to control?
Apr 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM | Unregistered Commenteririshrovr

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