Earlier today, the Supreme Court struck down the California law that took effect January 1, 2006. California passed their law back in October 9, 2005, and it banned all sales of violent or mature video games to minors (those who failed to uphold the law were subject to a $1000 fine). But earlier this morning the Supreme Court voted that the ban was unconstitutional on a 7-2 vote.
The high court agreed with a federal court’s decision to throw out California’s ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Sacramento said the law violated minors’ rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments.
This is a big win for gamers, as it’s a huge win for the gaming industry. The gaming industry can just self regulate as they have been doing, and not have to worry about the government saying what they can and can not essentially make by banning certain material or games. And after all, in the end, it should be up to the parents to decide what their kids should or should not play, not the state or federal government.