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Assembly Committee Rejects Ban On Sales Of Violent Games To Minors

Sacramento, CA — An Assembly committee has rejected a bill that would ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children under age 17, despite testimony that use of the games encourages violent behavior in minors.

The measure by Assemblyman Leland Yee of San Francisco fell one vote short of passing the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee today on a five to four roll call.

It needed at least six votes to pass the 10-member committee and reach the Assembly floor.

Supporters likened the bill to bans on allowing minors to buy alcohol or tobacco but opponents said the bill could create an enforcement nightmare for retailers.