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Gavin Newsom signs bills aimed at reducing catalytic converter thefts

Original post made on Sep 28, 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom's office earlier this week announced Newsom has signed two bills aimed at cracking down on catalytic converter theft.

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Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 28, 2022 at 9:39 am

Bernie Brightman is a registered user.

A mostly useless law.
As a person who has had their converter stolen three times, I have researched this issue.
Thieves are not taking catalytic converters to resell them. They are breaking them down for the constituent rare elements such as palladium that are inside, which they then sell, and then they throw away the rest. So passing a law to prevent resale of stolen converters won't help anything.
This is likely an example of our government wanting credit for appearing responsive, but actually being too stupid to do anything meaningful, like give more money to law enforcement so that they can break up the organized crime that's rife in the Central Valley and who are using these thefts to fund themselves.

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