Following in the footsteps of states including Michigan
, lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering passing local laws that would make it a crime to rent or sell violent and sexually explicit video games to minors.
According to an Associated Press report, The House Health and Human Services Committee is studying video game violence and considering recommendations for possible new laws to address what Republican Fred Morgan calls a growing problem "that needs to be addressed." Morgan asked for the study after learning about the content of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Depending on the results of the study, this could lead to legislation when lawmakers return to session early next year. The Safe Games Illinois Act, which Morgan has expressed support for, includes a $1,000 fine for anyone who rents or sells a violent or sexually explicit video game to a minor. The law also requires ratings on the game packaging and that stores must post an explanation of the ratings.
"The research shows that parents don't know what's in these games," Morgan said. His comments and the reasons for the study mirror similar concerns recently expressed, not only within the United States, but also in the UK
and in Japan
– with Grand Theft Auto
apparently being the title most focused in on for complaints around the world.