Proponents of the sale restrictions, similar to those in a measure proposed in the District, argued that the games have incited a wave of violence across the country, contributing to such killings as the slayings at Columbine High School in 1999 and Lee Boyd Malvo's shootings in the 2002 Washington area sniper killings.
They point to the fact that Malvo played Halo regularly before the sniper shootings, according to a witness at Malvo's December 2003 trial. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine shooters, were obsessive players of "Doom."
Proponents believe that the Maryland measure would probably withstand a test in court because the games pose a "public safety hazard," according to Jack Thompson, a lawyer representing the families of several Alabama police officers killed in a shooting by a teenager who Thompson said modeled the killings on a popular video game.
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