Violent video games, a frequent political target in Germany, once again came under fire following the horrific school shooting in Winnenden on March 11th.
While there were renewed calls for a complete ban on violent games, it was, surprisingly, paintball and laser tag which, ultimately, will find themselves outlawed.
The Local reports that violators of the upcoming bans could find themselves on the wrong end of a €5,000 (about US$6,800) fine. Wolfgang Bosbach, deputy head of the conservative Christian Union parliamentary group, commented:
We have agreed on reasonable changes that will mean more security without over-regulating hobby marksmen and hunters… [Paintball and laser tag] simulate killing.
The Winnenden case also sparked a debate on gun control in Germany. The BBC has more.