Second Hand Trouble

This is a sad example of foolishly curtailing the freedom of all because a limited number break the law. Only this time, we are not talking about the TSA:

The law states those who buy or sell second hand goods are prohibited from using cash. State representative Rickey Hardy co-authored the bill.

Hardy says, “they give a check or a cashiers money order, or electronic one of those three mechanisms is used.”

Hardy says the bill is targeted at criminals who steal anything from copper to televisions, and sell them for a quick buck. Having a paper trail will make it easier for law enforcement.

The bill may be “targeted at criminals” but it just hit all the non-criminals who thought that cash was legal tender for transactions. Paper trails may make things easier for law enforcement, but this law makes thousands of daily transactions criminal–when they are not nor would be considered such by reasonable people.

May the outcry over this massive invasion of freedom in personal commerce cause the legislators who thought this up to follow up by thinking logically.

 

2 thoughts on “Second Hand Trouble

  1. The way that article is written, it implies that folks holding a garage sale in Louisiana will now have to be able to take credit cards.

    Ridiculous.

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