Judge nixes California violent game law


A federal court judge has nixed a California Assembly bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would have outlawed the sale of violent video games to minors.

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte signed a permanent injunction blocking Assembly Bill 1179, citing the lack of evidence linking video games to violent behavior. Whyte already had issued a preliminary injunction in Dec. 2006 after trade organizations for the video game industry sued to stop the bill.

Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), who authored the bill as Assembly Speaker in Oct. 2005, urged Schwarzenegger to appeal the ruling.

"I am shocked that the court struck down this common-sense law," said Yee. "AB 1179 worked to empower parents by giving them the ultimate decision over whether or not their children should be playing in a world of violence and murder."