Supreme Court Rules CA Violent Video Game Sale Ban Unconstitutional
A ruling today by the Supreme Court may be felt as a loss for California Governor Jerry Brown, but a boon for youngsters with a love of video games and some cash in pocket. A 7-2 ruling made today "determined that California’s 2005 violent video game restrictions violated free speech rights protected by the First Amendment," according to the Sacramento Bee.
In his former post as state Attorney General, Brown had championed the ban of sales of violent video games to minors, as signed into law by then-governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, both among those voting to strike down the ban, said the law as-written was "well-intentioned," but still not in line with the U.S. Constitution. Justices Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas were the sole dissenters. Oral arguments for the case were heard back in November.
Today's ruling is limited to California's law, however there are nearly a dozen other states who came forward to side with California regarding the ban. The ban was put into law over six years ago, but has never been enforced. Lawmakers at the time believed the restriction was a way to help protect minors' "physical and psychological welfare, as well as their ethical and moral development."