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Collierville to lift ban on door-to-door salesmen

The Town of Collierville is being forced to lift its ban on door-to-door sales but to counter the change, the town is voting tonight to equip citizens with a new tool: a "no knock list." The Town of Collierville is being forced to lift its ban on door-to-door sales but to counter the change, the town is voting tonight to equip citizens with a new tool: a "no knock list."

(WMC-TV) – The Town of Collierville is being forced to lift its ban on door-to-door sales but to counter the change, the town is voting tonight to equip citizens with a new tool: a "no knock list."

A 1996 ordinance bans hawkers, hucksters and foot peddlers from selling goods by knocking on doors in Collierville.

But some vendors have challenged Collierville's ban on door-to-door sales and Collierville must comply with a new law.

"I have always taught families, including my own, that you don't answer that door unless you can identify who it is," said Andy Wise, Action News 5 Chief Consumer Investigator. "They've obviously targeted Colliervile as a place where they want to do business. I understand the economic base in Collierville is a great place to do business. And they have a right to have their views heard before the government of Collierville."

Andy Wise says he is glad the issue will put people on notice.

"It's now part of public discourse and it's raising awareness," he said.

The new law says a ban on door-to-door solicitations is unconstitutional, an infringement on the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech.

"So we're having to make changes to our ordinances to basically allow people to once again be able to go door-to-door to sell their wares," said James Lewellen, Collierville's town administrator.

It's not just a dinner interruption, it's a safety issue.

"In this day and age there's a fear factor," said Lewellen. "It gives criminals chance to case the joint, so to speak.

"We're not happy with it, but I don't think we have any choice."

But citizens have the right to erect No Trespassing or No Solicitation signs.

Collierville is taking the concern a step further by adding a special provision to the ordinance.

"We're also going to try to establish a version of the Do Not Call or Do Not Solicit list," said Lewellen.

That means salesmen cannot go door-to-door at the addresses where people have signed up for the Do Not Solicit list.

The third and final reading on the ordinance is May 14.

That is when the aldermen will have to vote. When it passes, Collierville citizens can expect advertisements for the Do Not Solicit list.

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