The Marietta Daily Journal – Smyrna looks to Cobb on pawn shop ordinance

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The Marietta Daily Journal – Smyrna looks to Cobb on pawn shop ordinance

SMYRNA — The city of Smyrna is taking cues from unincorporated Cobb County when considering how to move forward with a controversial pawn shop ordinance.

The Cobb Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance July 23 mandating that pawn shop and precious metal business owners report transactions, items pawned and photos of customers pawning items to police through an electronic database maintained by a private corporation.

Smyrna had a similar provision in effect but suspended it waiting to see how the county would address the issue.

“We delayed implementing the electronic reporting requirement, not the entire ordinance, to first get feedback from pawn shops,” said Eric Taylor, city administrator. “Then we held off to see what the county was doing to implement.”

Taylor said the city wants to be compatible with the county’s ordinance and use the same vendor for the database. Cobb has not yet selected a vendor.

The electronic reporting provision in Smyrna has been suspended until Oct. 21 when Taylor hopes to implement it again.

Cobb’s ordinance saw criticism from some pawn shop owners who thought providing information to a third-party website is a security risk and who said taking photographs of customers is a violation of their privacy.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Smyrna looks to Cobb on pawn shop ordinance.

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