SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to review Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers, a case on California’s law that would ban the sale of violent video games to children:
“We have a responsibility to our kids and our communities to protect against the effects of games that depict ultra-violent actions, just as we already do with movies. I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up this issue, and I look forward to a decision upholding this important law that gives parents more tools to protect their children, including the opportunity to determine what video games are appropriate.”
Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court last May to review a lower court decision that struck down the California law. In 2005, the Governor signed AB 1179 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to prohibit the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under the age of 18 and requiring such games to be clearly labeled.