Will New York Fine Violent Videogame Sales to Minors?
May 24 (LPAC)--On May 22, the New York State Senate passed a bill which enforces mandatory fines on retailers who sell violent video games to minors. If it passes the State Assembly, and is upheld if challenged in the courts, it will be the first law of its kind. The bill's sponsor, Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) introduced it after the VA Tech massacre and the release of a video game "V-Tech Massacre." In the Albany newspaper North County, Lanza called it "a sick game which exploits the Virginia Tech University tragedy, and is a painful reminder of the culture of violence which has severe consequences on our youth and society."
The bill has invoked anger from gamers. One website, www.digitaltrends.com, writes of it: "Currently, selling M-rated games to someone under 17 results mostly in bad press, but no legal repercussions. In the future, it could result in fines. However, the bill is unlikely to become law with this section intact, since such restrictions have been ruled unconstitutional over and over again in other parts of the country where they have cropped up, including Mississippi, Utah and Indiana."