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Chicago might ban Grand Theft Auto because of recent car thefts

A new bill has been introduced to ban video games due to an uptick in thefts and violent crimes

Jack Schooner, 16, looks at Grand Theft Auto video game at GameStop in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, June 27, 2011. A new bill has been introduced to ban video games due to an uptick in thefts and violent crimes
Jack Schooner, 16, looks at Grand Theft Auto video game at GameStop in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, June 27, 2011. A new bill has been introduced to ban video games due to an uptick in thefts and violent crimes.
Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

A Democratic lawmaker in Chicago has recently introduced a bill that would ban some video games in order to put an end to violent crimes.

What’s going on?

Illinois Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. has called for a new amendment to an existing law that would ban the sale of any video games that include ”motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present” to minors, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

  • “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.

More details

Specifically, the amendment would be made to a 2012 law that current prohibits games being sold to minors.

  • The bill would ban games that include “psychological harm,” too, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
  • The bill hopes to limit how often the games are sold to children in Illinois, according to Fox News.

Why would ‘GTA’ be banned?

Early Walker, who started Operation Safe Pump to prevent car thefts at gas stations and shopping centers, said that Grand Theft Auto specifically needs to be banned because of carjackings, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

  • “I feel like this game has become a huge issue in this spectrum,” Walker said. “When you compare the two, you see harsh similarities as it relates to these carjackings.”

Evans said “GTA” creates bad practices for young people, according to ABC 7.

  • “Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking,” he told ABC 7. “Carjacking is not normal, and carjacking must stop.”