Industry groups sue over California ban on violent video game sales to minors

Industry groups sue over California ban on violent video game sales to minors

[JURIST] A ten-day old California law barring the sale of violent video games to minors is being challenged by trade groups associated with the entertainment industry. The Entertainment Software Association [group website] and the Video Software Dealers Association [group website] filed suit Monday seeking to enjoin enforcement of the law. The state law [text; JURIST report] bans the sale and rental to minors of violent games that are deemed especially heinous, atrocious or cruel, subjecting violators to a $1,000 fine. The industry groups argue that such laws are an unconstitutional infringement on First Amendment freedoms. Last year, a federal district court struck down [JURIST new report] similar legislation in Washington that banned the sale of violent video games to minors. Reuters has more.