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Americans Should Be Able to Sell Stuff Without a Permit

• The Atlantic Monthly
In a small municipality on the shores of Lake Michigan, a town council passed a law earlier this summer that is especially objectionable in tough economic times. "It is in the interest of public safety and welfare to require certain individuals to obtain a license before conducting solicitations or making sales transactions throughout the town," the Burns Harbor, Indiana, ordinance states. Put simply, if you aren't a resident, you'll need an expensive permit to make or sell anything, whether on the street, door-to-door, or in a brick-and-mortar business inside town.

What's required for a permit?

One hundred dollars, getting fingerprinted by police, and a criminal background check. "If the applicant has been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony, the permit application may be rejected," the law states. And if you're granted a 30 day permit? Once it expires, you're ineligible to apply again for six whole months. 

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Comment by Eric Gaetz
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The Supreme Court stated in Hale v. Henkel,201 U.S. 43, 74-75.   " We are of the opinion that there is a clear distinction in this particular between an individual and a corporation, and that the latter has no right to refuse to submit it's books and papers for an examination at the suit of the state.  The individual may stand upon his constitutional rights as a citizen.  He is entitled to carry on his private business in his own way. His power to contract is unlimited.

Comment by Ken Valentine
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 I'd take a Valium if I could get my teeth unclenched.


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