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Nashville To Start 'No Knock List' For Solicitors

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On April 1, a new law starts in Nashville that could cut down on the number of knocks at your door from salespeople.

The city's "no knock law" goes into effect Monday and restricts the households commercial solicitors can approach during sales calls.

Councilman Phil Claiborne co-sponsored the bill after getting complaints about salespeople from residents in his district.

"They were just very aggressive, they wouldn't take no for an answer," Claiborne said.

His proposed legislation passed Metro Council and puts both the permitting of salespeople and the "no knock list" under the watch of the Metropolitan Clerk's office.

"Before, part of it was housed at the Metropolitan Police Department, and the other half was here in our office. Now everything will be under our office," said Ana Escobar.

Under the new law, the clerk's office will now perform national background checks on anyone applying for a permit to sell on the streets of Nashville. The office will also issue new identification cards for approved vendors.

Starting Monday, the clerk's website will have a form residents can fill out to become part of the "no knock list."

"The web site will provide a list for the solicitors to check continuously and the burden is on them to check that list continuously," according to Escobar.

A resident will be included on that list for 365 days, then their address will be removed by the clerk's office.

"It is up to the homeowner, or lawful occupant, to re-register that address," Escobar explained.

There are exemptions to the "no knock list" and permit requirements. Political, religious, charitable and literary sales calls will still be permitted.

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