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  Model Anti-Gambling Act

The Model Anti-Gambling Act was adopted in 1952 and declared "obsolete" in 1984 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (211 E. Ontario St., Suite 1300, Chicago IL 60611, T: 312-915-0195.

It was originally adopted by only a few states. The Act contains the comments of the drafting committee, which was The American Bar Association Commission on Organized Crime, and these are instructive in understanding and interpreting the meaning of some statutory provisions in various state laws. 

The act contained a three-pronged approach to defining and criminalizing gambling. The first was pointed at those who conduct gambling activities for profit. They were treated most harshly. Then came those who played in the illegal, for-profit games, and they were also treated somewhat harshly. The general activities of mere social gamblers were treated as criminal offences.

The Model Act is no longer generally available.


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