Chapter 376

2007 -- H 5988

Enacted 07/07/07


A N  A C T



     Introduced By: Representatives Kilmartin, Serpa, and Fellela

     Date Introduced: March 01, 2007


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 6-11.1-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 6-11.1 entitled "Purchase

and Sale of Precious Metals" is hereby amended to read as follows:


     6-11.1-1. License required -- "Person" defined. -- (a) No person, including a

pawnbroker, and consignment shop, or salvage yard operator shall engage in the business of

buying or receiving for the purpose of selling gold, silver, platinum group metals, or precious

stones, or any articles containing those items, other than coins purchased for their numismatic

value rather than their metal content, referred to in this chapter as "precious metals," from the

general public for the purpose of reselling the precious metals in any condition without first

obtaining a license from the attorney general of the state of Rhode Island, also called "the

attorney general" in this chapter. The attorney general shall not issue any license to a person who

has not registered a permanent place of business within the state for the purchase or sale of

precious metals. The criteria for determining a person's permanent place of business shall be

formulated by the attorney general immediately on or after July 1, 1981.

      (b) The word "person," when used in this chapter, shall include individuals, partnerships,

associations, and corporations.

      (c) This chapter shall not apply to any financial institution which is covered by federal or

state deposit insurance, nor to jewelry and silverware manufacturers purchasing precious metals

directly from trade suppliers.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.