SC gaming laws need an overdue updating

info@islandpacket.comMay 14, 2013 

We residents of Sun City Hilton Head have recently been informed that we can no longer play "Go Fish," "Monopoly," "Parcheesi," "Backgammon," "War" or "Double Solitaire," not to mention mahjong and social bridge, because they are gaming and South Carolina law (from when?) prohibits playing cards or rolling dice, even if there is no money involved, at places that serve liquor.

In Sun City, we have three buildings, without bars or restaurants, where on special occasions, such as New Year's Eve or the annual Halloween dance, liquor, wine and beer are brought in.

We wonder if these games are now restricted at Sea Pines, Palmetto Dunes, Oldfield, Wexford, Moss Creek and the other fine communites in Beaufort County.

So as we have it now, we and our granddaughter can go to jail for a year and be fined for playing Monopoly and other such board games at our community centers. Isn't this what all of you have been fighting against for all these years? Government run amok and infringing on our freedoms? Don't you think it might be wise to revisit what I have been told is an 1802 law and make common-sense changes?

Charles Moss and Lisabeth Isom

Bluffton

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