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National Fraternal Order of Police asks House Oversight Committee to Oppose Adelson’s Federal Online Gaming Ban and Keep Pathway for Strong Regulatory Framework Open
National FOP President says a federal prohibition of online gaming would hinder law enforcement’s ability to protect vulnerable citizens and would make communities less safe, not more so
Washington, DC – Today, Chuck Canterbury, the President of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) sent a letter on behalf of over 330,000 FOP members to Representative Chaffetz and Representative Cummings, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, to oppose the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” a blanket federal ban of online gaming first introduced by Representative Chaffetz. In his letter, President Canterbury argued that regulations and associated safeguards and technologies, not bans, have been proven to protect vulnerable populations like children and problem gamblers by allowing states to enforce gaming laws and empowering law enforcement to crack down on fraud and other consumer abuses.
President Canterbury argued that instead of banning online gaming and strengthening illegal offshore sites, states and the men and women in uniform should be working together to create a system that protects children and adult consumers alike, not further empower the black market.
The bill, H.R. 707 introduced by Oversight Committee Chairman Representative Chaffetz and backed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has drawn wide-ranging opposition from law enforcement, states rights supporters and Internet and children safety advocates across the country. President Canterbury’s letter follows similar letters from state FOP chapters in California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia; all of which urged Congress not to close the door on state based regulations that have been proven to protect communities.