Honolulu councilman considers developing gambling machine ownership bill
The Honolulu City Council is considering making it illegal to own a gambling machine.
Councilman Joey Manahan says he wants to give law enforcement more tools to crack down on gambling.
He says more establishments with sweepstakes machines have been popping up and neighbors have complained.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor to manage, maintain, produce, possess or use the machines. It would be punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Companies that own the machines say they are not gambling devices.
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