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Missouri lawmaker wants tax on violent video games

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | 12:28 p.m. CST; updated 3:59 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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.


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