Court Overturns Calif. Gaming Ban

  • June 27, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a law that would have banned the sale of violent videogames to minors.

In a 7-2 ruling, the court said the California law violated First Amendment rights, saying: "Even when the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply."

The ban was enacted in 2005, with California lawmakers saying that violent video games, such as "Call of Duty," could cause psychological harm, and make minors more likely to exhibit violent or aggressive behavior.

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