Illinois state rep. Marcus Evans Jr. filed Friday, Feb. 19, a proposal to amend the "Violent Video Games Law in the Criminal Code" and ban the sale of "all violent video games". Put shortly, Evans' HB3531 aims to:
- Prohibit the sale of all violent video games
- Modify the definition of "violent video game" to mean a game that "allows a user or player to control a character within the video game 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"
- Modify the definition of "serious physical harm" to include psychological harm, child, sexual, and animal abuse, domestic violence and violence against women, and vehicle theft with a driver/passenger present
According to Evans' the bill is meant to stop the promotion of "activities we're suffering from in our communities".
One Early Walker, Operation Safe Pump founder who worked with Evans on the house bill, singled out Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V as a problem and blamed it on its relation to vehicle thefts.
"I feel like this game [GTA V] has become a huge issue in this spectrum. When you compare the two, you see harsh similarities as it relates to these carjackings," Walker said.
At the time of publishing this article, the bill has gone through first reading in the House and it's been referred to the Rules Committee. Updates as the story develops.
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