Violent video games could be taxed at 10 percent following a proposed bill in Pennsylvania.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Lawmakers in the state have put forward House Bill 109, which looks to put a "sin tax" on games rated in the US as M for Mature or Adults-Only.

As reported by Gamespot, the money collected would be used for a fund called the 'Digital Protection for School Safety Account' as a response to school shootings, such as those in Parkland, Florida and Newtown, Connecticut.

Republican state representative Chris Quinn put forward the bill last year - although it didn't make it out of committee - and he has now put forth a similar new version.

It's noted that the 10 percent tax would be added onto the usual state and local taxes.

This means that M-rated titles like 'Red Dead Redemption' could end up costing around $70 with the 'sin tax' added to the sales tax rate of 6 percent in Pennsylvania.

Speaking about the bill in 2018, Quinn said: "One factor that may be contributing to the rise in, and intensity of, school violence is the material kids see, and act out, in video games."

However, while he cites the National Center for Health Research's statement which shows a link between violent games and an increase in aggressive thoughts and behaviour, he didn't include the disclaimer that other factors - such as access to weapons and mental illness - should also be considered.

The Entertainment Software Association responded: "Numerous authorities--including scientists, medical professionals, government agencies, and the US Supreme Court--found that video games do not cause violence.

"We encourage Pennsylvania legislators to work with us to raise awareness about parental controls and the ESRB video game rating system, which are effective tools to ensure parents maintain control over the video games played in their home."