State's gaming chief said Vegas shooting prompting casino security here – The Salem News

BOSTON – In the wake of the mass shooting that left 58 dead in Las Vegas last week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission began 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 Las Vegas for an industry conference that began the morning after the Oct. 1 mass shooting and said at Thursday’s commission meeting that casino safety was at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

“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,” Gaming Commission Executive Director Edward Bedrosian said. “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.”

Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby was in Las Vegas the night of the shooting and from his hotel room “heard what I now know were shots, but I didn’t know what they were. I thought it was just noise coming from up above me. I could see Mandalay Bay right out there,” Crosby said, referring to the hotel from which the gunman unleashed his barrage.

“It was a horrifying time to be out there,” he said.

Crosby’s meetings as part of the Global Gaming Expo included talks with other top state gaming regulators, including Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett, about how states that already have resort casinos protect them and respond to incidents there.

“We were able to have a lot of conversations about active shooter training, terrorism training, what are other jurisdictions doing,”

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