[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Chelmsford 10-16-2000 by Art. 17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with MGL c. 140, § 177A, as amended from time to time, any individual or business desiring to keep and operate an automatic amusement device for hire, gain or reward shall secure an annual license from the Board of Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen shall not grant a license for any automatic amusement device that presents a risk of misuse as a gaining device.
Automatic amusement devices which may present a risk of misuse as gaming devices are those devices which have one or more of the following features:
The device involves matching random numbers, patterns or cards.
The device accumulates more than 26 plays.
The device is equipped with a "knock off" switch, button or similar device that resets the total points won as shown on the video screen and adds these points to a second meter and/or recording device.
The device has a mechanism for adjusting the odds.
The device has a remote control feature that can reset the device from another location.
The device is capable of returning money to the player, other than the change for the excess amount put in.
The device permits a player to pay for more than one game at a time.
Each game on the device shall cost exactly the same amount for each player, and no player may change any aspect of the game by paying a different amount than any other player before or during the game.
There shall be no metering device that accounts for both money/points in and money/points out.
The maximum number of automatic amusement devices allowed on any single business premises shall be four, except in the case of duly licensed arcades and amusement parks.
Any individual or business desiring more than four automatic amusement devices on a single business premises shall require a special license from the Board of Selectmen.
The enforcing authority under this chapter shall be the Chelmsford Police Department.
All licenses for automatic amusement devices granted by the Board of Selectmen shall be subject to inspection by the Chelmsford Police Department to ensure conformance with submitted application information and local code requirements.
Any unlicensed automatic amusement device shall be subject to immediate seizure by the Chelmsford Police Department.
Violation of this chapter shall be liable to a penalty of $250, with each unlicensed amusement device constituting a separate offense.
The provisions of this chapter are declared to be severable, and if any section, subsection, sentence, clause or part thereof is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of any remaining sections, subsections, sentences, clauses or part of the chapter.