GTA V Might Get Banned If New Bill Passes

Grand Theft Auto V, also known as GTA V or GTA 5 is one of the most iconic video games of all time. Unfortunately, GTA V might get banned if a new bill passes. Well, the whole GTA series and its developer Rockstar Games have been under the radar of the US Government and Law Makers.

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So the latest controversy is related to the game is Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. from Chicago. He is seeking to amend a law that dates back to 2012. The law prevents the purchase of certain video games by minors.

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Last week, Evans filed HB3531, an amendment that wants to ban the sales of games featuring “psychological harms” and carjackings for both minors and adults.

According to Evans, such games promote criminal activities and as a result, they can hurt the community.

“The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities,” said Evans.

As if this wasn’t enough already, the founder of Operation Safe Pump, Early Walker has also worked on the bill with Evans. Walker believes that GTA 5, in particular, has become an issue.  

“I feel like this game has become a huge issue in this spectrum. When you compare the two, you see harsh similarities as it relates to these carjackings,” said Walker.

The bill will ban the sale of games that will fall under the aforementioned criteria. Along with this, the bill will also change the definition of a “violent video game”. That would be “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.”

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As of now, it is not very clear to make any rigid statements about the bill. This of course has a lot of GTA V fans and fans of video games concerned. The government does not censor the sales of video games and they are largely untouched by legislation. So if the bill becomes law, this would affect more than just GTA V.

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