SC senator: Update social gaming law or I'll sue

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Sen. Tom Davis says if legislators block his bill aimed at allowing retirees to legally play bridge, he'll sue to get South Carolina's centuries-old antigambling law thrown out altogether.

Davis said Tuesday his bill is the result of state law enforcement warning a manager at Sun City Hilton Head last year that the bridge and canasta social clubs advertised for residents violated state law. The Beaufort Republican says retirees in his district are outraged.

His bill specifies that members of social groups can legally gather at someone's home or community clubhouse to play games such as canasta and bridge.

It represents legislators' latest attempt to change the state's 1802 antigambling laws.

Some legislators and faith-based groups have opposed any change out of concerns about unintended consequences.

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