SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City Councilors voted to extend a ban new pawn shop licenses Monday.
The city of Springfield stopped giving out new pawn shop licenses about two years ago, but that ban is set to expire next month.
22News was there when City Councilors voted unanimously in-favor of the extension on Monday. Many of them said it will help attract positive business to downtown Springfield, especially once MGM Springfield opens in 2018.
Supporters of the ban have said that over the past two years, the moratorium has helped police recover stolen items, and control crime.
Right now, there are more than 40 pawn shops in Springfield. Many city councilors have said that’s more than enough.
City Councilor Tom Ashe said he wants the council to extend the ban for three years. He told 22News, “I want to give MGM the opportunity to get a solid foothold in the area. We want to attract positive business to downtown, restaurants and so on.”
Many of the current pawn shop owners are also in favor of the ban because it will help reduce competition.
A final vote on the extension is expected to take place next Monday. If it passes, the ban will remain in effect until the end of June, 2019.