18 USC Sec. 1953 01/05/2009
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 95 - RACKETEERING
Sec. 1953. Interstate transportation of wagering paraphernalia
(a) Whoever, except a common carrier in the usual course of its
business, knowingly carries or sends in interstate or foreign
commerce any record, paraphernalia, ticket, certificate, bills,
slip, token, paper, writing, or other device used, or to be used,
or adapted, devised, or designed for use in (a) bookmaking; or (b)
wagering pools with respect to a sporting event; or (c) in a
numbers, policy, bolita, or similar game shall be fined under this
title or imprisoned for not more than five years or both.
(b) This section shall not apply to (1) parimutuel betting
equipment, parimutuel tickets where legally acquired, or parimutuel
materials used or designed for use at racetracks or other sporting
events in connection with which betting is legal under applicable
State law, or (2) the transportation of betting materials to be
used in the placing of bets or wagers on a sporting event into a
State in which such betting is legal under the statutes of that
State, or (3) the carriage or transportation in interstate or
foreign commerce of any newspaper or similar publication, or (4)
equipment, tickets, or materials used or designed for use within a
State in a lottery conducted by that State acting under authority
of State law, or (5) the transportation in foreign commerce to a
destination in a foreign country of equipment, tickets, or
materials designed to be used within that foreign country in a
lottery which is authorized by the laws of that foreign country.
(c) Nothing contained in this section shall create immunity from
criminal prosecution under any laws of any State, Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, territory, possession, or the District of Columbia.
(d) For the purposes of this section (1) "State" means a State of
the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, or any territory or possession of the United States;
and (2) "foreign country" means any empire, country, dominion,
colony, or protectorate, or any subdivision thereof (other than the
United States, its territories or possessions).
(e) For the purposes of this section "lottery" means the pooling
of proceeds derived from the sale of tickets or chances and
allotting those proceeds or parts thereof by chance to one or more
chance takers or ticket purchasers. "Lottery" does not include the
placing or accepting of bets or wagers on sporting events or
(Added Pub. L. 87-218, Sec. 1, Sept. 13, 1961, 75 Stat. 492;
amended Pub. L. 93-583, Sec. 3, Jan. 2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1916; Pub.
L. 96-90, Sec. 2, Oct. 23, 1979, 93 Stat. 698; Pub. L. 103-322,
title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)
1994 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this
title" for "fined not more than $10,000".
1979 - Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 96-90, Sec. 2(1), added cl. (5).
Subsecs. (d), (e). Pub. L. 96-90, Sec. 2(2), added subsecs. (d)
1975 - Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 93-583 added cl. (4).