Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Banning The Tool And Not The Act In NJ

The New Jersey General Assembly has passed a bill out of the Consumer Affairs Committee that would ban the sale of laser pointers that generate more than one milliwatt output. The ostensible reason behind this ban is that law enforcement authorities say people have been shining laser pointers at plane cockpits.
Earlier this month, state and federal law enforcement authorities warned of the dangers of pointing lasers at planes, an increasingly common occurrence that can temporarily blind pilots and put the crew and passengers at risk.

There were
269 reported laser "strikes" in New Jersey airspace last year, authorities said, as compared to just four in 2007.

"Laser pointers can serve a legitimate need in the classroom and in business settings, but clearly in those cases we don’t need super-powered laser pointers that can put people at risk," the sponsor of the bill, Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Cumberland) said.

The bill would impose fines of not more than $500 for the first offense and not more than $1,000 for each subsequent offense. An identical bill passed the Senate in June.

people at risk.”
The bill, A3169, doesn't just impact those laser pointers used in making presentations. From the text of the bill:
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

     1.    a. No person shall sell or offer to sell a laser pointer that exceeds one milliwatt in output power.
     b.    For the purposes of this section, "laser pointer" means any device that emits laser light to project a beam that may be used for aiming, targeting, or pointing out features.
     c.     Nothing in this section shall apply to the sale of a laser pointer intended to be used by, or under the supervision of, a health care practitioner licensed under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
By this definition, the sale of the laser products sold by Crimson Trace, Viridian, and LaserMax would all be outlawed.  Their peak output is 5 milliwatts.

This is a bill that needs to go nowhere. It will end up banning a self-defense tool that can help in stressful situations. It is so typical of politicians that rather severely punishing the transgression they think it is easier to just ban something.


  1. Such might be used against the "Authoritahs" in a insurrection, so, just as with guns, they want us disarmed in every way.

    1. New Jersey is the Rectum of the world!

  2. What are ya gonna put the Crimson Trace on in NoGun Jersey anyway? They should be passing Shall-Issue laws instead of this garbage!

  3. I'm pretty sure that the laser in a CD, DVD, or Blue-Ray player is used "aiming, targeting, or pointing out features."

  4. Correct me if I am wrong, but this has to do with selling, not owning, or buying lasers. If you go and buy it outside of state and bring it in, would that be a problem?