Alabama Enacts Stricter Law on Scrap Metal Sales

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A new law signed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is trying to crack down on metal theft by setting up
stricter requirements for selling scrap metal.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Poole of Northport and Republican Sen. Ben Brooks of Mobile says sellers of scrap metal must be photographed, provide a copy of a personal
identification card and give information about the identity of their vehicles.

Scrap metal purchasers must send the information to a statewide database and keep it for at least one year.

Poole told the Press-Register that thieves often do thousands in damage to get a small amount of metal. He said law enforcement can use the database to help find the culprits.

Mississippi already has a similar law.

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  • by waterman on Jun 1, 2012 at 09:34 AM
    I am all for it. There are people out there that will break into a empty house or apartment and destroy the entire place to get a couple of hundred dollars worth of metal. I mean come on, if someone pulls into a screap yard with 4 outside A/C units in the back of a truck and they are not a licensed A/C repair person doesn't that look out of place. You must have a drivers licensed, how do you get the stuff there.
  • by bearhunter on May 31, 2012 at 09:02 AM
    I like it. If your not a crook , should not be a problom. I like the ID thing to. I wonder how many can whip out a ID to get paid but can't or have a problom with when it comes time to vote. With that said I bet the naacp steps in saying its discrimination, pickin on the black folks so they cant get paid.
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