2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:31 - Confiscation and destruction of gambling devices

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:31 (2018)

§31. Confiscation and destruction of gambling devices

A.(1) All law enforcement officers of municipal police forces, sheriffs' departments, and the division of state police are hereby authorized and empowered and it is made mandatory and compulsory on their part to confiscate and immediately destroy all gambling devices or machines used for gambling that come to their attention.

(2) Any gaming device or equipment in possession of a licensed manufacturer, seller, distributor, transporter, or repairman in this state shall not be subject to confiscation and destruction unless such device or equipment is being used for unlawful gambling activities. If such confiscated device or equipment is considered an antique under Louisiana law, the device may be sold and such proceeds shall go to the office of state police fund as provided in R.S. 47:7001.

B. As used in this Section the term "gambling device" means:

(1) any slot machine; or (2) any machine, mechanical or electronic device of any sort whatsoever with a cash automatic payout device; or (3) a pinball or other ball machine, mechanical or electronic device equipped with a mechanism to release the number of free games or replays and a mechanism to record the free games or free plays so released.

C. Whenever any other machine, mechanical or electronic device, including but not limited to roulette wheels and similar devices, designed and manufactured primarily for use in connection with gambling, and (1) which, when operated, may deliver, as the result of the application of an element of chance, any money or property, or (2) by the operation of which a person may become entitled to receive, as the result of the application of an element of chance, any money or property, is used to conduct gambling, then following the conviction of any person for the crime of gambling by use of any such machine or device, the court wherein the verdict of guilty was returned shall order the immediate destruction of the machine or device by the proper law enforcement agency of the parish wherein the machine or device was used for gambling.

D. Whenever any machine or other mechanical or electronic device of any kind whatsoever, not designed and manufactured primarily for use in connection with gambling, including specifically but not limited to coin-operated bowling games, shuffle alleys, mechanical baseball games, pinball games, mechanical guns, electronic ray guns, digger type machines, iron claws, and all similar types of coin-operated games, is used to conduct gambling, then following the conviction of any person for the crime of gambling by use of any such machine or device, the court wherein the verdict of guilty was returned shall order the immediate destruction of the machine or device by the proper law enforcement agency of the parish wherein the machine or device was used for gambling.

E. The ownership of a federal gambling stamp for any machine or device, other than a machine commonly known as an "iron claw" or a "digger" machine, shall be absolute proof of its use for purposes of gambling, and neither the State of Louisiana nor any subdivision, agency, agent or enforcement officer shall be liable civilly or criminally for the destruction of any gambling device or gambling machine for which a federal gambling stamp has been issued.

Acts 1966, No. 311, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 1967; Amended by Acts 1972, No. 130, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1973; Acts 1987, No. 443, §2.

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