Prosecutors and elected officials in Pennsylvania are mulling a change to a 1984 pawn broker law that would require shop owners to report purchases of video games and systems.
As reported by the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, the Precious Metals Act was created more than two decades ago to help police track down stolen jewelry. Luzerne County District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll said:
I think it would be a great help to law enforcement to have pawn shop dealers report the video equipment and video games. These systems and games are expensive; they cost an arm and a leg.
State Rep. John Yudichak (D) has introduced legislation adding games and consoles to the precious metals reporting requirements.
By enacting this law, we give police another tool to track whether a stolen item has been pawned, thereby increasing the likelihood of returning the property to its owner and prosecuting responsible parties.
It's unclear whether the regulations would apply to used game trade-ins at retailers such as GameStop.