Senators propose violent video game sale bill

— 1:09 PM on December 19, 2005

A number of Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would make selling violent video games to minors a federal misdemeanor. The bill would enforce current ESRB ratings, making it illegal to sell games rated Mature, Adults Only, and Rating Pending to anyone under the age of 17. ESRB president Douglas Lowenstein isn't happy, though.

The president of that association, Douglas Lowenstein, said the proposed measure was unconstitutional and infringed on the industry's creative rights. "We place our trust in parents, not Congress, to decide what's right for their families," he said in a statement.
The ESRB's own game ratings guide claims that the rating system is "designed to give parents the information they need to evaluate a computer or video game before making a purchasing decision." However, the proposed bill wouldn't restrict the purchase of games by parents.
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