State lawmker suggests Illinois law restricting violent video sales be considered in Oklahoma

Wednesday, October 5th 2005, 5:29 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma lawmaker wants his fellow legislators to consider implementing a recently passed Illinois law that makes it a crime to rent or sell violent and sexually explicit video games to minors.

The state House Health and Human Services Committee is studying video game violence and options to counter what Rep. Fred Morgan calls a growing problem "that needs to be addressed."

Morgan, R-Oklahoma City, said he asked for the study after learning about the content of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," a popular video game that is part of a series that includes what critics say is violence against police and women.

"The research shows that parents don't know what's in these games," Morgan said.

The study could lead to legislation when lawmakers return to session early next year.

The Safe Games Illinois Act includes a $1,000 fine for anyone who rents or sells a violent or sexually explicit video game to a minor.