Video game law struck down

February 20, 2009 11:30:36 AM PST
A federal appeals court has struck down a California law that sought to ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the 2005 law violates minors' rights under the First and 14th amendments to the Constitution. The ruling by the three-judge panel upholds an earlier ruling in U.S. District Court.

The state law was authored by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, who is a child psychologist.

It would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18. It also would have created strict labeling requirements for video game manufactures.

In a written opinion, Judge Consuelo Callahan says there are less restrictive ways to protect children from unquestionably violent video games.

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