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Anti-gambling laws make local arcades illegal

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 5/23/2013 4:22 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local amusement centers with games where children can win coupons and exchange them for merchandise are technically now breaking the law.

Large arcades like Dave and Buster's are granted an exemption, but smaller businesses must operate at least 50 coin-operated machines to comply with the law.

One arcade owner who doesn't want to be identified because he believes he is breaking the law told Action News, "I don't think anybody realized that until the spotlight went on the law and how it was interpreted."

Lawmakers say amusement centers were not the target of the new legislation.

Without complaints from the public, law enforcement officials consider these businesses a low priority.

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Fred Thompson - 5/23/2013 12:08 PM
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Gambling of any sort is just plain stupid' especially teaching your toddler how to "GAME OF CHANCE" get this garbage out of our city. Lotto bull included' spending food and rent $$$ foolishness. BROKE BROKE BROKE all it leads to

nativejax - 5/23/2013 9:24 AM
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Yes.

cabgx2 - 5/23/2013 9:13 AM
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Was this yet another law that had to be passed first so everyone would know what was in it?

RetiredJSO - 5/23/2013 7:58 AM
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There is a big difference between these arcades and the gambling halls that masqueraded as internet cafe's.
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