Illinois State Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. has introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of violent video games, including Grand Theft Auto.
According to Chicago Sun-Times, representative Evans Jr. will amend a 2012 law which will ban the sale of violent video games depicting “psychological harm” and “motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present”. Among the games to be banned will be titles from Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto franchise.
The move was prompted by a rise in carjackings in Chicago. Evans Jr. said: “The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities.”
The bill also changes the definition of a “violent video game” such as Grand Theft Auto to one in which players “control a character within the video games that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence, in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.”
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