High Court Hears Arguments on Violent Video Games

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on a California law that prevents selling violent video games to minors.

The law ensures that age restrictions on adult entertainment are followed. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier declared the law unconstitutional.

The justices will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to reinstate a California ban that would make it illegal for retailers to sell or rent violent video games to anyone under the age of 18. Parents could buy the games and give them to their children, but retailers who sold them to minors could face fines up to $1,000.

Currently, the gaming industry has a rating system that restricts the sale of mature-rated games to unaccompanied minors.

Yet a recent study by the Parents Television Council found retailers ignore the rule 19 percent of the time. And nearly one out of five underage children is still able to purchase violent games.

Video game companies say it's a First Amendment issue. And the lower courts have said California lacked enough evidence to prove violent games cause psychological harm to minors.

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