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Lawmaker seeks to ban Grand Theft Auto video game following uptick in Illinois carjackings

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 23/02/2021 23:35:00 Jake Dima
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An Illinois lawmaker wants to ban the sale of Grand Theft Auto, a video game featuring shootouts, robberies, and high-speed chases, alongside most other video games that feature violence, as his state experiences an uptick in carjackings.

Democratic state Rep. Marcus Evans on Friday introduced a bill, HB 3531, which would amend an Illinois law that prevents violent video games from being sold to children to an outright prohibition on the sale "of all violent video games" to anyone. Evans, who mentioned Grand Theft Auto by name during a Monday press conference, defined violent video games as "a video game that allows a user or player to 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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The Democrat said Grand Theft Auto promotes behavior similar to what the Chicago area is suffering from. Carjackings in the city doubled in 2020 compared to previous years, and juveniles, some of whom are as young as 11, have found themselves behind bars for felony crimes. On Monday, two teenagers, ages 13 and 14, were arrested after allegedly presenting weapons and stealing a vehicle from a 42-year-old in connection to a January incident.

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

"Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking," he continued. "Carjacking is not normal, and carjacking must stop."

Chicago is on pace to see upward of 1,800 car burglaries for 2021, and more than 40 law enforcement officers have been added to task forces designed to curb the rampant theft. Prosecutors have also expressed concern about the age of some of the perpetrators.

"If you've got a 12-year-old or 11-year-old or 14-year-old engaging in this behavior, there is something wrong," Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said earlier in February.

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The bill was read and referred to the House Rules Committee on Monday.

Rockstar Games, the creator of Grand Theft Auto, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.

Tags: News, Illinois, Chicago, Video Games, Cars, Crime, Juvenile Justice, Burglars

Original Author: Jake Dima

Original Location: Lawmaker seeks to ban Grand Theft Auto video game following uptick in Illinois carjackings

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