A Republican lawmaker from Missouri is proposing a sales tax on violent video games. More specifically, State Representative Diane Franklin (R), of Camdenton, stated that the 1 percent sales tax is a direct response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. More so, the tax is specifically made to benefit mental health programs and law enforcement measures to prevent mass shootings.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), in response, told Joystiq that, “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled only 18 months ago that laws penalizing video games are unconstitutional. Taxing First Amendment protected speech based on its content is not only wrong, but will end up costing Missouri taxpayers.” If anyone remembers, Oklahoma tried something similar, and failed miserably. Let’s see how far this bill goes.