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Federal Court Rules Ban on Violent Games Unconstitutional

Federal Court Rules Ban on Violent Games Unconstitutional

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Friday - July 16, 2004
The US District Court of Seattle has ruled that the state law forbidding the sale of violent video games to minors is unconstitutional, as it is a violation of free speech. The law, HB1009, was originally passed by the Washington state legislature in March of 2003, then was signed in May of that year by Governor Gary Locke (pictured). However, the ban, which called for retail violators to pay $500 if caught selling or renting games to minors, was never enforced as U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik needed time to review the constitutionality of the law. The video game industry welcomes the ruling, and continues "to encourage retailers to voluntarily refuse to sell 'mature-rated' games to children under 17, as movie theaters voluntarily check IDs for youngsters heading into R-rated movie". Read more.

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