Legislation introduced in Connecticut, a state rocked by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, would ban youths from playing “violent point-and-shoot” video games in arcades and public places.
The measure, introduced by Democratic state Sen. Toni Harp, would apply to games that use a “facsimile of a firearm” or an imitation that a “reasonable person would understand was intended to depict a weapon of violence.”
The bill also would establish a task force on violent video games to study their effects on youth behavior and make policy recommendations to state officials.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors.
A version of this article appeared in the March 06, 2013 edition of Education Week as Conn. Bill Would Ban Video Gun Violence