State Representative Diane Franklin (R) of Camdenton, Missouri, is proposing a 1 percent sales tax on violent video games. The AP
reports the tax is in response to the school shootings in Connecticut and is designed to support mental health programs, along with law enforcement measures to prevent more mass shootings.
For its part, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA
), which fought a similar California law all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, told us, "The U.S. Supreme Court ruled only 18 months ago
that laws penalizing video games are unconstitutional. Taxing First Amendment protected speech based on its content is not only wrong, but will end up costing Missouri taxpayers."
That isn't even a veiled threat. The ESA has a habit of recouping lawyer costs. California paid out nearly $2 million
for its unconstitutional
attempts, but it hasn't been the only state
Oklahoma also tried a similar violent game bill
last year that was killed
before it got too far.
We've reached out to Rep. Franklin's office to find out if she's still looking to pursue the bill.