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City councilmembers in National City will consider enacting an emergency ban on new pawnshops, secondhand stores, and precious metal buy-back stores during a council meeting tonight.

A crackdown on pawn shops was first discussed in April as a way to reduce crime in the community. On April 5, city councilmembers and the Mayor discussed a report dealing with the concerns that gold-buying businesses were becoming a place for thieves to take stolen jewelry in exchange for cash. According to the staff report, the city had 9 pawn shops and gold-purchasing stores open for business.

"The signs are popping up all over town," Mayor Ron Morrison said during the April 5 council meeting. "It seems like hair salons now have signs saying, 'we buy gold."

If approved, the moratorium will take effect immediately and will be in place for ten months and 15 days.

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