TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill that would make it a felony in Florida to sell violent video games to minors was introduced Wednesday by a lawmaker who discovered her teenagers playing a game filled with killing and profanity.
"As a parent, I was appalled," said Rep. Sheri McInvale, who brought along two videos, "Grand Theft Auto III" and "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City." She said young children could obtain them by simply walking into a video store and plunking down their money.
McInvale's proposal would limit the sales of video games rated "M" (mature) or "AO" (adult only) by requiring retailers to verify the age of the purchaser, who would have to produce identification showing they were at least 17 years old.
At least one major retailer, Best Buy, has begun a policy requiring ID's be checked before adult games are sold to children, said McInvale, a Democrat from Orlando.
She cited a recent Gallup Poll that said 71 percent of American teenage boys have seen "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City."