Supreme Court: California Cannot Ban Sales of Violent Video Games to Kids

June 27, 2011 - 11:04 AM

video games

The Supreme Court says California cannot ban the rental or sale of violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto, shown here, to children. The high court agreed on Monday, June 27, 2011 with a federal court's decision to throw out California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. (AP Photo/Pakuma)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says California cannot ban the rental or sale of violent video games to children.

The high court agreed Monday with a federal court's decision to throw out California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento said the law violated minors' rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments.

The law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18. Retailers who violated the act would have been fined up to $1,000 for each infraction.

The court on a 7-2 vote said the law was unconstitutional.

More than 46 million American households have at least one video-game system, with the industry bringing in at least $18 billion in 2010.