The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a 2005 California law that prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to minors is unconstitutional, saying that the “lawmakers failed to produce evidence that violent video games cause psychological or neurological harm to children,” and that there were other ways to deal with access to violent games, including the current voluntary rating system, public campaigns to educate parents, and parental controls.
The law was never enforced because a lower court barred it from taking effect back in 2006.
Jack Thompson is going to be pissed.
“California’s video game law ruled unconstitutional” [Reuters]
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