Mississippi is considering passing a law that would make it a felony to purchase or sell stolen copper. If you are convicted of that crime you could get up to $10,000 in fines and ten years in prison. It may not stop the crack heads and other addicted felons from stealing copper, but it may have the scrap metal dealer cooperate with police. It?s laughable to think that the metal dealer doesn?t know that the copper he?s getting from a rummy breath isn?t stolen. Oh yea, 200 feet of perfectly good 4/0 copper is a common item found in every homeowners recycling bin.