City Considering New Pawn Shop Law

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- At Tuesday night's Harrisonburg City Council meeting, the Harrisonburg Police Department will try to make it a requirement that pawn shops report the things they buy to LeadsOnline.

It's a searchable online database of pawn items for police departments around the country to check for stolen objects.

"If everybody does it, its great. If some people do it then pretty soon the criminals are going to know where it isn't required and that's where they're going to go," said Sam Taylor, who owns Pawn Emporium.

Taylor said the old way of reporting items resulted in piles of paper that weren't organized in an efficient way, but that the new database is much easier. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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