Changes to 'copper laws' take effect Sunday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - New laws take effect Sunday that restrict the selling of scrap metals, specifically copper, in the state of South Carolina.

The new laws eliminate 48-hour permits. Only two-year permits will be given by sheriff's offices across the state.

Additionally, exceptions will be made for sales between businesses, government entities, and other organizations registered with the state.

The changes read as follows:The primary changes in the Copper Law include certain exceptions and exemptions from the law for the business community selling or purchasing scrap metal from another business, governmental entity, a manufacturing or industrial vendor that generates or sells regulated metals in the ordinary course of business, or is a holder of a retail license, an authorized wholesaler, an automobile demolisher as defined in Section 56-5-5810 (d), a contractor licensed pursuant to Chapter 11{} Title 40, a residential home builder licensed pursuant to Chapter 59, Title 40, a demolition contractor, a provider of gas service, electric service, communications services water service, plumbing service, electrical service, climate conditioning service, core recycling service appliance repair service, automotive repair service, or electronics repair service, or organizations, corporations, or associations registered with the state as charitable organizations or any non profit organization.{} Additionally, no manhole cover or drainage grate may be sold for scrap.{} It is unlawful to pay cash for any copper product, catalytic converter or beer keg.

Auto DemolishersAs of December 16, 2012, the only way an auto demolisher may purchase a vehicle for the purpose of demolishing the vehicle, the seller must provide one of the following four items:{}{} {}1. {}{} Title to the Vehicle{}{} {}2.{}{} {}A magistrate bill of sale{}{} {}3.{}{} {}An affidavit provided by DMV swearing ownership (auto must be held for 72 hours before being demolished.){}{} {}4.{}{} {}Sheriffs Certificate of Disposal (only for vehicles 12 years old or older and completely {}{} {}{}{} {}{}{} {}{}{} {}inoperable.A vehicle should not be considered inoperable merely because it does not have a battery or key for the ignition if by appearance the vehicle appears operable.

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