Lawmakers May Pull Plug on Violent Video Games

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Wednesday, January 18 2006 Jan 18, 2006 Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:34:59 PM CST January 18, 2006 in News
Missouri lawmakers are considering a proposal to stop stores from selling games with "mature" ratings to minors.

"Video games are one place we see sexually-explicit situations, very violent behavior that is encouraged by these games," said Democratic Rep. Jeff Harris of Columbia. "And those aren't the kind of things our kids should be exposed to, and I think we should stand up and stop it."

Video games cater mostly to people less than 18 years old. The proposed law would make selling mature-rated games to minors punishable by a $5,000 fine or even jail time. So, stores such as Best Buy and Slackers could lose money.

But, Parent Michelle Dillard said there's a more important consideration. "I would be all in favor of it. I think it goes along with R-rated movies. I would be in favor of the restrictions."

Video game makers argue that proposed laws like Missouri's violate free speech rights. They say most minors buy mature-rated games only with their parents' consent.

Rep. Harris filed the same bill last session, but lawmakers didn't vote on it.

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