In the wake of the state’s highest court upholding a ban on video sweepstakes games, Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said Monday that his office will resume enforcing the ban.
The state Supreme Court last week ruled in two cases in which amusement machine and other companies sought to overturn a 2010 law banning sweepstakes machines as a form of gambling. The high court said the law was a constitutional effort to close a loophole since the state outlawed video poker machines in 2007.
On Monday, the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association told the state’s 100 county law enforcement officers that the law can be enforced beginning on Jan. 3.
“No doubt, the owners of these businesses are already working to find loopholes around this law,” Cathey said in a statement. “The Supreme Court has issued its ruling, and we’re ready to move on it.”
Cathey said his deputies would begin building cases “immediately.” The Associated Press contributed.