By Sara Brown
Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso would like to see a pawn shop-free Revere.
Guinasso discussed an ordinance he has been working on for a year at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
The updated ordinance would not allow the License Commission to issue more than 3 second hand dealers licenses. Licenses issued before the new ordinance will be grandfathered in.
“I don’t think a pawn shop does anything good for a community. We don’t need anymore,” the Ward 3 councillor said. He also stated, “The ones we have now are fine but you never know what you are going to get in the future.”
Councillor-at-Large Jessica Giannino agreed. “We are trying to attract world class businesses and restaurants to come to the city. These types of business [pawn shops] bring in the completely wrong crowd,” she opined.
Ward 5 Councillor John Powers believes that sometimes pawn shops draw in criminals to a community. “People steal things. Where do they want to go to get quick money? A pawn shop,” Powers said. “When I visit a community and they have a lot of pawn shops, it sends a bad message,” he added.
However, Ward 4 Councillor Stephen Reardon disagreed with the ordinance. “I have a strong faith in the free market economy. Once you say yes to one, everyone has a right to apply for a license,” Reardon said.
Reardon also brought up an ordinance the council passed last year that requires pawn shops to keep detailed accounts on where and who they get their items from in case of theft. “We have taken the right measures,” he noted.
Some argue that if a casino comes to Revere that there will be more pawn shops in the city. “I disagree with the notion that there will be an influx of these types of business if a casino comes to the city,” Reardon said.
Councillor-at-Large John R. Correggio agreed with the ordinance. “We are trying to beautify the city and I think this will help,” the councillor said.
The ordinance was placed on file.