A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE LAWS PROTECTING AGAINST THE THEFT OF VEHICLES FOR DISASSEMBLY AND RESALE OF PARTS AND TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE THEFT OF VEHICLES.
Amends GS 14-72.7(a) (chop shop activity) to make it a Class G felony (rather than a Class H felony) to engage in any of the listed activities. Removes the requirement that the person knowingly engaged in the illegal activity, and instead makes a person guilty if the person knows or has reasonable grounds to believe there is an illegal component to the activity.
Amends GS 20-62.1(a) to permit a secondary metals recycler or salvage yard to purchase a motor vehicle 20 model years old or older (was, 10 model years old or older) without a certificate of title if certain conditions are met. Makes any violation of GS 20-62.1 (purchasing vehicles for scrap or parts) a Class I felony (currently, a first violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor and a subsequent violation is a Class I felony).
Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2013.
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