Atlantic City casinos seek new regulation to hire armed guards

    Atlantic City casinos may be taking on armed security guards, officials told the Press of Atlantic City.

    This will be a huge change in the regulations of the casinos; the New Jersey Casino Control Act prohibits guns in casinos, without special written permission from the Casino Control Commission. Currently, casinos only use unarmed security, unless off-duty police officers are hired for overtime.

    The demand for change in state law is primarily due to the two fatal carjacking incidents in Trump Taj Mahal’s garage in the past 16 months.

    The state Division of Gaming Enforcement has not released any information on its stance of hiring armed security, but it intends to disclose more information on their position sometime this week.

    The new regulation depends on whether or not the DGE agrees to the request by Trump Entertainment — owner of Trump Taj Mahal.

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