Federal Judge Blocks Oklahoma Video Game Law

Federal District Judge Robin Cauthron has issued a preliminary injunction to block Oklahoma’s video game law from taking effect on November 1st. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Brad Henry (left) ┬áin June.

Although not a final ruling, the issuance of the preliminary injunction means that the law is likely to be ruled unconsititutional and that the video game industry will prevail in its suit against the statute.

Of the ruling, Bo Andersen, president of the Entertainment Merchants Association, which represents video game retailers and renters said:

“We are pleased that the federal district court… recognized that the Oklahoma law is very likely to be found to violate the First Amendment and thus should not be allowed to be enforced. Video game restriction laws have been enacted by state and local governments nine times in the past six years, and nine times the federal courts have blocked these laws from going into effect…”

Read Judge Cauthron’s ruling here.

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