Mass. Gaming Regulators explore ways to prevent shootings, terrorist attacks

Oct 14, 2017 8:28 AM

Massachusetts Gaming Commission regulators, in Las Vegas for the G2E conference, say they are now talking to regulators in other states about what casinos can do to prevent or respond to shootings and terrorist attacks.

At least three of the state's top gaming regulators were in Southern Nevada for the industry conclave that began the morning after the Oct. 1 mass shooting. They told local media in Boston during Thursday's commission meeting that casino safety is certainly at the forefront of everyone's mind.

Executive Director Edward Bedrosian said, "As a commission, we need to be cognizant of public safety issues, which we are, and as with any major public safety incident, we will be attentive to the after-action plans and lessons learned. As part of the conference and meeting with other regulators, we were able to actually start some of those best practice conversations with other regulators around things like active shooter exercises specific to casinos."