Margaret Chin, a City Council Member, is pushing for a law against buying counterfeit handbags in New York. In 2011 Chin proposed a local law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the purchase of counterfeit goods. The law had been stalled since 2011 however the New York Post now reports that Chin and lower-Manhattan residents are petitioning for a hearing on the measure.
Most consumers don't know that buying a fake handbag isn't, in itself, illegal, raising questions as to how effective this legislation might be. Others have argued that to take counterfeiting seriously, it should be treated in the same as theft: those caught buying fakes should be punished.