All 50 state legislatures have passed laws intended to combat the growth in metals theft over recent years. These laws impose varying requirements on purchasers, sellers, law enforcement, and other parties, with little uniformity between the states. In addition, many of the states are frequently amending their laws – the 2013-2014 session alone saw over 50 bills passed.
All of these changes makes it increasingly challenging for citizens, law enforcement, lawmakers, and recyclers to stay on top of current requirements. This database is a public resource to help understand the laws by allowing visitors to view and download pre-made or custom reports on the provisions and states that interest them.
Please pay careful attention to the Materials Covered and Exemptions for each state! States may define the same term (such as "regulated metal") to cover entirely different types of metals or transactions and give varied exemptions for particular materials and entities. ISRI has attempted to present the definitions and materials covered as clearly as possible; unfortunately, this means that we've occasionally had to edit the definitions from how they are presented in the state law.
You can also download a Compilation of ISRI's State Metal Theft Law Summaries (last updated February 5, 2015); please note that this is an 10 MB PDF and may take some time to download.