[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of North Andover. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with MGL c. 140, § 177A, as amended, 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 which presents a risk of misuse as a gaming device. Automatic amusement devices that present a risk of misuse as gaming devices are those that have one or more of the following:
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.
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 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 permit from the Board of Appeals.
All licenses for automatic amusement devices granted by the Board of Selectmen shall be subject to inspection by the North Andover Police Department to ensure conformance with this amusement device bylaw and the submitted application information. Any unlicensed automatic amusement device shall be subject to immediate seizure by the North Andover Police Department.