California fights to ban sales of violent video game to kids

The Sacramento BeeMay 21, 2009 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Attorney General Jerry Brown said Wednesday they are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look at a lower court ruling that threw out the state's law banning the sale of violent video games to children.

Schwarzenegger signed SB 1179 into law in 2005. The act prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to those under the age of 18. It also required violent games to be clearly labeled as such.

But the Video Software Dealers Association and Entertainment Software Association quickly filed a lawsuit challenging the law. A U.S. District Court decided in the associations' favor in 2007, on the grounds that the law violated First Amendment free speech rights. The governor appealed to the Ninth Circuit appeals court, but lost again last February.

"California's children are exposed everyday to video games that glamorize killing sprees, torture and sexual assault," Brown said in a press release. "In the face of this brutal and extreme violence, I am petitioning the Supreme Court to allow the state to enforce its reasonable ban on the sale or rental of violent video game sales to children."

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