Offenses Against General Welfare and Animals

ORS 167.164
Possession of a gray machine

  • disposition of machine
  • defense


A person commits the crime of possession of a gray machine if the person manufactures, sells, leases, transports, places, possesses or services a gray machine or conducts or negotiates a transaction affecting or designed to affect the ownership, custody or use of a gray machine.


Possession of a gray machine is a Class C felony.


If any device is seized by a law enforcement agency based on a contention that the device is a gray machine, and a motion for return or restoration of the device is filed under ORS 133.633 (Motion for return or restoration of things seized), the burden of proof is on the state to establish that the device is in fact a gray machine.


Violation of, solicitation to violate, attempt to violate or conspiracy to violate subsection (1) of this section constitutes prohibited conduct for purposes of ORS chapter 131A. A device that is claimed to be a gray machine may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of only if a judgment of forfeiture has been entered under ORS 131.550 (Definitions for ORS 131) to 131.600 (Record keeping and reporting requirements) or ORS chapter 131A.


It is a defense to a charge of possession of a gray machine if the machine that caused the charge to be brought was manufactured prior to 1958 and was not operated for purposes of unlawful gambling. [1991 c.962 §5; 1999 c.59 §33; 2009 c.78 §58; 2013 c.128 §1]


Last accessed
May 30, 2023