Court Ban Sought To Stop Retailers Selling Violent Games

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In the US where consumers can buy guns at a local corner store an application has been made to the US Supreme Court in an effort to ban children from buying violent video games.

In the US where consumers can buy guns at a local corner store an application has been made to the US  Supreme Court in an effort to ban children from buying violent video games.

The Supreme Court appliction wants to ban retailers from selling or renting games to those under the age of 18.

Opponents of the measure says it breaches the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.

But supporters say the law is necessary as violent games can cause harm to children.

The BBC said that the California application prohibits the sale of violent video games to children “where a reasonable person would find that the violent content appeals to a deviant or morbid interest of minors, is patently offensive to prevailing community standards as to what is suitable for minors, and causes the game as a whole to lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors”.

After a legal challenge by industry groups, a district court and then the court of appeals stopped the law coming into effect.

The Supreme Court may have to decide if California is required to demonstrate “a direct causal link between violent video games and physical and psychological harm to minors” before stopping games being sold to them.

 


Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is supporting the legal case against the Entertainment Merchants Association, with a number of other trade groups and rights activist bodies involved.

Under the California law retailers would be fined up to $1,000 If an adult bought the game and gave it to a minor that would not be an offence.

There is already a nationwide voluntary system of game classification.
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