Battle over violent video games

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Do states have the right to keep children from getting their hands on violent video games. It's an issue that's being taken up by a federal appeals court in the state of California.

A three-judge panel of a federal court of appeals has heard arguments on a California law that tries to limit access to adult-themed games. The law bars the sale or rental of such games to anyone under 18 and requires such games to be clearly labeled. But the measure was struck down last year by a lower court.

Video game manufacturers argued it violates minors' First Amendment rights. But a California Deputy Attorney General wants the federal appeals panel to uphold the law, saying violent games are just as obscene as the sexually explicit material already limited from children by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Courts in several other states have struck down similar laws barring restrictions on games containing extreme amounts of violence.

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