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Video Game Voters Network: Send in your old controllers to protect freedom of speech

%26ldquo;Let Senator Leland Yee know you stand up for your First Amendment rights!%26rdquo; implores anew web pagefrom the Video Game Voters Network. Next month, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments for the reinstatement of the blocked CCC 1746 %26ndash; 1746.5 %26ldquo;California Video Game Law.%26rdquo;

Championed by Senator Yee, the law would make it a crime to sell 'violent' games to minors, punishable by a fine of $1,000. In addition to the VGVN, the law is opposed by several entertainment and liberty groups including the ACLU and the NCAC.The law wouldmake videogames unprotected speech - if you'd like to know more,the VGVNhas posted a good summary:

"By placing legal limits on certain types of video game content, the government is effectively telling game publishers what to produce. Publishers will be afraid to innovate and create edgy content for fear of the legal restrictions. Retailers would stop selling more mature games to avoid the risk of prosecution."

TheVideo Game Voters Network encourages us, the average Joes, to make our voices heard. How, you ask? By sending your old controller to the good senator with your own personal message declaring the reasons for your opposition to the law (please remain civil).

If you feelinclined to join the protest, you may send yourcontrollers to:

The Honorable Leland Yee
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Suite 14200
San Francisco, CA 94102

But before you do, the VGVN requests you send images to the protest page. Will you participate? Let us know in the comments.

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