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EMA Lauds Block of Louisiana Video Game Law

28 Aug, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The Entertainment Merchants Association (formerly the Video Software Dealers Association) hailed the Aug. 24 district court's preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the recently enacted Louisiana state law prohibiting the sale of video games depicting violence to minors.

The EMA is a co-plaintiff in a legal challenge to the law, which is still pending.

“We are gratified that Judge Brady has granted a preliminary injunction effective in the East Baton Rouge Parish to protect retailers from this blatantly unconstitutional law,” said Bo Andersen, president of the EMA. “We are optimistic that District Attorneys throughout the state will follow the constitutional guidance in Judge Brady's decision and abstain from attempting to enforce this law pending further action in this case.

“We also hope that this ruling will cause the state of Louisiana to rethink its position and abandon its strident defense of this misguided and poorly drafted law. A less-wasteful approach for the state and its citizens would be for the state to encourage parents to utilize retailers as a source of information and make effective use of the industry's voluntary game ratings system.”

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