Florida bans computers, smartphones and consoles on a technicality

Florida may have banned all computers and smartphones in a rush to crack down on internet gambling.

 

The bill was rushed through the legislature and signed into law by governor Rick Scott in April.

The intention of the law was to shut down around 1,000 internet cafes where it was possible to play slot machine-like games. Now, one of those owners has launched a court case against the state of Florida.

Consuelo Zapata is arguing that the law is so poorly worded that it effectively bans the use of all computers and smartphones in the state.

According to the Huffington Post: “The ban defines illegal slot machines as any ”system or network of devices“ that may be used in a game of chance.”

Given the vague definition, the law technically bans all electronic devices that are a system or network that can be used to gamble.

That means everything from laptops to tablets, smartphones to games consoles are technically illegal in the state.

The case has been picked up by Miami law firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen and Levine.

Zapata is suting the state, hoping that raising the issue will result in the law being overturns as unconstitutional.

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