WASHINGTON - (AP) - The Supreme Court says California cannot banthe rental or sale of violent video games to children.

The high court agreed Monday with a federal court's decision tothrow out California's ban on the sale or rental of violent videogames to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals inSacramento said the law violated minors' rights under the First andFourteenth amendments.

The law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violentgames to anyone under 18. Retailers who violated the act would havebeen fined up to $1,000 for each infraction.

The court on a 7-2 vote said the law was unconstitutional. More than 46 million American households have at least onevideo-game system, with the industry bringing in at least $18billion in 2010.