Pawn shop owners were exchanging words, not products, Wednesday at the Rapid City legal and finance meeting.
Several pawn shop owners said they did not feel included in the creation of the ordinance, which seeks to stop the sale of stolen products. Several owners said the ordinance requires pawn shops to take pictures of each item that is pawned, and that the shops receive a 60-day suspension of operation if a stolen good is sold.
Pawn shop owners said less than 1% of their products end up being stolen, and that forcing owners to temporarily close is unfair. "I don't think any business can sustain with that much lost revenue," said Mark Millar, the owner of First Choice Pawn. "And that big of a time frame of being shut down"
Millar says if he had a list of criminals to watch for, he wouldn't accept sales from them.