A Chicago lawmaker has put fourth a new bill that seeks to ban the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone. The bill, HB3531, wants to amend the Violent Video Games Law in the state of Illinois’ Criminal Code of 2012 to make it more extreme.
The current code states that violent video games cannot be sold or rented to minors, but the new bills wishes to ban the sale of all violent video games to everyone. Additionally, the bill wants to change the definition of “violent video game” to the following:
“A video 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.”
This bill also wants to change the definition of “serious physical harm” to include “psychological harm and child abuse, sexual abuse, animal abuse, domestic violence, violence against women, or motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present inside the vehicle when the theft begins.”
The bill was introduced this week into the 102nd General Assembly by Illinois state representative Marcus C. Evans, a democrat.
HB3531 has been referred to the Illinois General Assembly’s Rules Committee, consisting of three democrats and two republicans. A hearing date has not been set for the bill, according to the General Assembly website.
Evans spoke with the Chicago Sun Times about the bill, siting his reason for the introducing it was the rise in carjackings throughout Chicago. The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities,” he said.