Sec. 14-211. Possession of gambling device.


(a) A person commits the offense of possession of a gambling device if he or she manufactures, sells, transports, places, possesses, or conducts or negotiates any transaction affecting or designed to affect ownership, custody, or use of any gambling device, knowing that it shall be used in the advancement of unlawful gambling activity.


(b) This section shall not apply to any coin-operated mechanical gaming device, computer gaming device, electronic gaming device, or video gaming device which has the capability of awarding free games, which is intended to be played and is in fact played for amusement only and which may allow the player the right to replay such gaming device at no additional cost, which right to replay shall not be considered money or property, except that such mechanical game:


(1) Can be discharged of accumulated free replays only by reactivating the game for one additional play for each accumulated free replay; and

(2) Makes no permanent record directly or indirectly of free replays so awarded.


Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, any mechanical game or device classified by the federal government as an illegal gambling device and requiring a federal gambling device tax stamp as required by the Internal Revenue Service in its administration of sections 4461 and 4462 of Title 26, United States Code, amended July 1, 1965, by Public Law 89-44, are hereby declared to be illegal and excluded from the exemption granted in this section. 


Source:  Ord. No. 3869, 2, 5-4-92