RCMP against ex­empt­ing trad­ing cards from sec­ond-hand deal­ers by­law

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Mark NIELSEN Cit­i­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­zen.ca

Prince Ge­orge RCMP is raising con­cerns about a pro­posal to ex­empt trad­ing and col­lectible cards from a re­quire­ment un­der the city’s sec­ond-hand deal­ers and pawn­bro­kers by­law that they be held for 30 days be­fore they can be put up for sale.

City coun­cil will con­sider the idea dur­ing its reg­u­lar meet­ing on Mon­day in re­sponse to a re­quest from Kelsy Pol­nik of Game Quest for the ex­emp­tion, sim­i­lar to one made in 2014 for video games. In pre­par­ing an amend­ment to the by­law, city staff con­sulted with RCMP. Insp. Shaun Wright, who dif­fered with the view that trad­ing cards are the same as video games.

“The con­cerns are that col­lectible and trad­ing cards can be quite valu­able and can also be quite rare or unique, al­low­ing for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­turn to the right­ful owner,” city plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment man­ager Ian Wells said in a re­port to coun­cil.

“They may also come with au­then­ti­ca­tion pa­per­work that adds to the abil­ity of the RCMP to pos­i­tively iden­tify those items. As such, it is use­ful for the po­lice to have those items held for the 30-day wait­ing pe­riod, sim­i­lar to other iden­ti­fi­able items such as elec­tron­ics with se­rial num­bers.”

Wells ad­vised coun­cil to take Wright’s po­si­tion into ac­count but, for the time be­ing at least, pass the amend­ment through first and sec­ond read­ing. Once that is done, a pub­lic hear­ing on the is­sue will be held.

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