Ettagale, I am having a hard time believing what your points.A quick
search of the act and relevant US Code reveals my naivet?
Title II, section 352 applies specifically to those who deal
in diamonds, precious gemstones and precious metals.
Section 352 is found under Title III, Subtitle B, as I read it.
If you buy, or sell, more than $50,000 worth of those goods in
any given year, you are subject to the conditions of the act. You
are then considered to be a financial institution by the government
and must comply with the rules which are still in the process of
Note how the US Code defines a "financial institution" under the
relevant section. No requirement of a dollar amount is mentioned.
Sec. 5312. - Definitions and application
(a) In this subchapter -
(1) ''financial agency'' means a person acting for a person (except
for a country, a monetary or financial authority acting as a
monetary or financial authority, or an international financial
institution of which the United States Government is a member) as a
financial institution, bailee, depository trustee, or agent, or
acting in a similar way related to money, credit, securities, gold,
or a transaction in money, credit, securities, or gold.
(2) ''financial institution'' means -
(A) an insured bank (as defined in section 3(h) of the Federal
Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813(h))); ...
(M) an insurance company;
(N) a dealer in precious metals, stones, or jewels;
(O) a pawnbroker;
The act appears to me to have a number of unconstitutional areas and
as such will crumble in time, in my SQHO. However, there will be a
lot of trouble before it does. Tell us more, Ettagale.
Bruce D. Holmgrain
JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler