PENDER and BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The push to shut down sweepstakes parlors is growing stronger.
Local authorities, and even some business owners, are starting to take action, and while there's been a lot of controversy over the topic, the bottom line is that they cannot operate anymore.
Pender County has already visited each gaming establishment, informing business owners about the new law, and in Brunswick County, letters are being sent out.
The District Attorney says at this point, there is no grant of immunity for any owners operating the businesses.
Currently, the law states that they can be subject to both civil and criminal penalties.
On top of that, their equipment can also be confiscated as evidence.
Local agencies say enough is enough, and they won't accept any excuses.
"People have been updated on it, so they know that the law changed, and there's been some confusion over the years, but it's clearly defined now, and we are going to enforce it," said Chief Deputy Charlie Miller with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.
Some owners in Pender and Brunswick counties have already shut their businesses down, and they will reportedly have to seek their own legal counsel if they believe they have software that removes them from this law.
So far, no one has been cited.
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