JASPER, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall is commending local law officers for closing down what he termed unlawful electronic bingo halls in Walker County.
Law officers recently confiscated 40 electronic bingo machines and other evidence from a Jasper business, Skill Games, The Daily Mountain Eagle reported.
Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith and Carbon Hill Police Chief Eric House have as well approached Carbon Hill businesses operating similar games to warn them they were illegal.
AG Steve Marshall has praised the law officers for taking appropriate measures against illegal bingo shops in the county.
“I wish to personally commend Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith and his department, as well as Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair, for taking swift and decisive action to close illegal bingo parlors under their jurisdiction.
“As sworn law enforcement officers, our first duty is to enforce the law. When illegal activity is unchallenged and allowed to thrive, our state’s entire legal system is undermined.”
Steve Marshall added that the state law is “crystal clear” on the issue.
“Electronic bingo and coin slot machines are illegal. No matter what the operators of these unlawful enterprises claim, the Alabama Supreme Court has definitively and repeatedly ruled that electronic bingo and coin slot machines are illegal gaming devices. There is no debate, there is no ambiguity. As the Supreme Court stated on March 31, 2016, all that is left to do is to enforce the law,” he said in a statement.