Debunking Myths about Internet Gambling

In the heated discussions about online gambling, a common mistake is the conflation of legal, regulated online gambling with illegal off-shore Internet gambling. Supporters of a nationwide ban on Internet gambling claim legalizing the activity would increase crime and fuel terrorism. But all the evidence—including the two-year experience of various states with regulated online gambling—belies those claims.

Preventing states from legalizing and regulating online gambling would simply push American online gamblers back into the black market, where crime is far more likely. In addition to being ineffective, a national online gambling prohibition would be unconstitutional. Regulation of Internet gambling is not a matter covered by any of the enumerated powers granted to Congress by the Constitution, and, as such, falls under the 10th Amendment jurisdiction of the states.

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