Carjackings are on the rise in Chicago, and consequently one native lawmaker is proposing a invoice that would probably ban the sale of violent video video games within the metropolis altogether.
As reported by the Chicago Solar-Instances, Democratic Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. has launched a invoice that may amend town’s 2012 regulation that forestalls the sale of violent video video games to minors, to be expanded right into a full ban. HB3531 will take a ban that applies solely to folks beneath the age of 18 and increase it wholesale.
In keeping with the abstract, HB3531 “Amends the Violent Video Video games Regulation within the Prison Code of 2012. Adjustments provisions that prohibit the sale or rental of violent video video games to minors to ban the sale of all violent video video games.” As a part of a rising concern over the elevated fee of carjacking within the metropolis, the lawmaker is proposing a ban on video games like Grand Theft Auto.
The invoice may even modify the present definition of “violent online game” beneath the Prison Code to imply video video games that “permits a person or participant to regulate a personality throughout the online game that’s inspired to perpetuate human-on-human violence through which the participant kills or in any other case causes critical bodily or psychological hurt to a different human or an animal.”
In a press release to IGN, the Digital Software program Affiliation (ESA) disagreed with the proposed invoice, saying:
“Whereas our trade understands and shares the issues about what has been occurring in Chicago, there merely is not any proof of a hyperlink between interactive leisure and real-world violence. We imagine the answer to this advanced downside resides in inspecting totally the precise components that drive such behaviors fairly than erroneously ascribing blame to videogames primarily based solely upon hypothesis.”
Video video games have lengthy been a goal of lawmakers, for causes past violence. Lawmakers in Hawaii proposed banning video video games with loot containers after worries that these mechanics are playing. And video video games are sometimes cited as causes of concern following public shows of violence in the US.
The invoice has but to be voted on, however Chicago already imposes a $1,000 advantageous on retailers who’re caught promoting violent video video games to anybody beneath 18.
Matt T.M. Kim is Information Editor at IGN. You’ll be able to attain him on Twitter @lawoftd.