CINCINNATI (AP) -- A scrap yard has filed a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati saying a new ordinance placing restrictions scrap metal sales will drive away customers.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/wgf5e8 ) that the suit filed by Garden Street Iron & Metal Inc. in U.S. District Court on Friday says the rules violate the U.S. Constitution's protection for interstate commerce.
The city's rules require permits, background checks, licensing and additional record keeping. Much of Garden Street's metal is shipped in from other states and a company lawyer says sellers have said they will stop doing business.
The city passed the ordinance Wednesday in an effort to curb the theft of scrap metal. Police say such thefts accounted for 40 percent of the city's break-ins and burglaries last year.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com