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ISRI Metal Theft Laws - State Preemption

Many states have determined that it is in the best interest of the state and law enforcement to have a uniform statewide metals theft law to deter thieves from "forum shopping" to avoid detection. State preemption provisions for metals theft often include statutory limits that range from full preemption to preemption of only conflicting local law. To build a report, just select the states you'd like to review from the list below. This information can also be included in a Custom Report by selecting Preemption from the General category:

What Is Included In This Report

  • Preemption

This report can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF or as a CSV file (Excel or other database).


Please Note: This database is not intended to serve as legal advice; please consult an attorney or legal advisor regarding the application of the laws and any regulations to specific situations you may encounter. This database does not cover vehicle detitling/dismantling laws, scrap yard / junk yard zoning and screening requirements, laws on the purchase and processing of precious metals and jewelry, such as gold, silver, and platinum, or secondhand materials laws.


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Justin Short
Legislative Analyst
JShort@isri.org
(202) 662-8508