LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pawnbrokers are the subject of new legislation at the Arkansas State Capitol. The businesses would be required to electronically upload their customer records to assist in the investigation of crimes, if House Bill 1369 passes. Many pawn shops already use electronic records, but some in rural areas do not.
William Lulky is the owner and operator of National Pawn in North Little Rock, a family-owned and operated business since 1945.
"Well, it's really easy-a lot easier on the pawn brokers," Lulky said.
Pawn brokers in North Little Rock and Little Rock are required by city ordinance to submit records to police, but the method is a frequently changing format.
"In those days, we hand wrote the reports to the police department. They would pick them up or we'd drop them off. Then we would type them. And, now it's real convenient because we don't have to do any of that. We just upload it," Lulky said.
State Representative Homer Lenderman, D-Brookland, is one of the authors of House Bill 1369, which would require all pawn brokers in the state to submit electronic records for law enforcement to access.
"My bill has started as bill to address those items that were easily identifiable with a license or a serial number," Representative Lenderman said.
"It provides law enforcement with the information quicker so if there is a property crime to be investigated then they get on it much quicker this way, because they have the information much quicker," said Tim Collier is President of the Arkansas Pawnbroker's Association.
The nation's largest electronic system for this purpose is known as "leads online." It includes secure, but specific information for police about the seller, including driver's license and personal ID numbers, which is something Lulky enters daily.
"Some things might slip through, but the chances of that happening with an electronic system is almost null," Lulky said.
All electronic records are to be used for the sole purpose of solving crimes, that's according to the language of the bill. It states that anyone in violation could face a fine of $1,000.
Lawmakers expect to bring up House Bill 1369 within two weeks.