Kids can continue to legally play ultraviolent videogames after the Supreme Court ruled this morning that California cannot restrict kids from buying or renting the shooting games.
The court voted 7-2 that such a ban, which was spearheaded by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), is unconstitutional and would violate freedom of speech rights protected under the First Amendment. More than 46 million households have videogame systems, bringing in some $18 billion annually, according to media outlets.
"Even where the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the ruling.
Yee, who is running for San Francisco mayor, is expected to hold a press conference this morning to respond to the ruling. However, Yee was quick to criticize it, issuing the following statement: "Unfortunately, the majority of the Supreme Court once again put the interests of corporate America before the interests of our children."