A New Game Plan By Guylyn Cummins

On Feb. 20, 2009 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a California law banning the sale or rental of “violent video games” to minors and requiring such games to be labeled “18” (the legal age for adults). While this decision may surprise some California lawmakers and parents, its holding is fully consistent with substantial U.S. Supreme Court precedent entitling minors to a significant measure of First Amendment protection, and leaving parents with the duty to supervise “appropriate” content.

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