JEFFERSON CITY — A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting.
Rep. Diane Franklin of Camdenton said Tuesday that the 1 percent sales tax would finance mental health programs and law enforcement measures to curb mass shootings.
The tax would be charged on video games rated teen, mature and adult-only by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
Franklin's proposal is the latest in a string of measures in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 students and six adults. Another Missouri Republican has filed a measure allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom.
Similar legislation to tax violent video games failed in Oklahoma and New Mexico in recent years.