Please Note: Amendments by 2015 Wyoming SB 11, effective July 1, 2016, are included in this summary. Title 34, Ch. 19 Junkyard Control includes screening and licensing requirements for yards near interstate or primary systems but is not included in this summary.
"Junk Dealer" is defined as any person, firm, or corporation engaged in buying "second hand, or broken metals, such as copper, brass, lead, zinc, tin, steel, cast iron, rags, rubber, or waste paper".
Junk Dealers must keep a book written in ink or a dedicated computer software program recording the following information in English at the time of transaction for purchases or sales of junk metal or rubber goods:
For purchases, a Junk Dealer must additionally record either of the following (optional for common household and personal items of less than $50 market value):
Dealers must post the following conspicuously in the office of their place of business
A retention period is not specified
Records shall be open at all times to inspection by the sheriff of the county and his or her deputies, or any member of the police force of any city or town, in the county where the Dealer does business.
Dealers may not purchase articles from a person appearing to be intoxicated or from a person known to be a thief or to have been convicted of larceny. If the owner of stolen property "which has been so sold" is found, the property shall be returned without any payment from the owner.
A dealer found guilty shall be subject to a:
The law does not impair the power of cities or incorporated towns to license, tax, and regulate entities "engaging in the buying and selling of second hand metals."
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