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NSW Bans Laser Pointers

By p1 - 21 April 2008 25

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It appears that in response to people shining lasers at aircraft, the state is banning laser pointers.  Does anyone know if there is a minimum strength of pointer, of if this is a blanket ban?  If it is a blanket ban, then be very careful driving to Queanbeyan if you have one on your key ring.

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NSW Bans Laser Pointers
Mr Waffle 8:44 pm 22 Apr 08

They said on ten news last night a police chopper got “hit” with a laser pointer last night, but “luckily they were able to maintain control of the helicopter”. I get hit with the blinding light of the sun every time I drive down Fairburn avenue in the afternoon, bouncing off those bloody glass panels, do I deserve a medal for not wildly veering into oncoming traffic?

Moleson 6:15 pm 22 Apr 08

Aurelius said :

I used to think this was all a furphy. I mean, surely the planes would be able to land with zero visibility weather, so even if the lasers blinded the pilots, it wouldn’t matter.
But then I remembered that I had seen X-wings taken out by lasers.
So they must be extremely dangerous!

Aurelius do you play the game “Savage” ?

Moleson 6:14 pm 22 Apr 08

I CANT BELIEVE THEY BANNED LASER POINTERS, WHAT A BUNCH OF RETARDS, THIS PROBABLY THAT POTATO HEADED KEVIN RUDD’S DECISION! >:(

(By the way Aurelius, do you play the game “Savage” by any chance?

Skidbladnir 12:31 pm 22 Apr 08

Very odd… These proposed laws make laser pointers of any variety or strength illegal and in the same category as prohibited weapons and firearms unless they either have a licence\permit for the strength and variety or valid reason.
(but the Class II, IIIa, and IIIb ones avialable around the place would need licences if ever you were sprung anyway, and Class IV and higher are only research\military hardware)

So you could possibly get away with having an unpermitted <1mW red one for “entertaining a cat” according to Iemma, but anything else without a valid permit will get you up to 14 years in jail.

Way to limit opportunities for non-institutional research and spontaneous in-the-field astronomy education, while increasing opportunities for beat-up arrests, and increasing government bureaucracy.

But at the same time, its illegal to possess or own one without a permit, its illegal to sell one without a licence\permit, and without a permit it is illegal to buy one.

So everyone at the time of passing who has one without a permit is a criminal with options including either destroy it or sell it on (black market style), and unless you make it like the fireworks where the ‘applictaion form’ is a self-assisted licence, applicants are still criminals until the licence is granted.

Although apparently the secondary market price of green lasers and component hardware has increased significantly, meaning people like this guy just get to rake in profits.

Iemma is displaying an extraordinary degree of ineptiude here.

Skidbladnir 9:27 am 22 Apr 08

I have previously had need to use a green pointer (the ones visible in air at night) for saying “That group right there is the Southern Cross” to a bunch of scouts with an interest in astronomy but no idea about the basics.

They do serve legitimate educational purposes and not just trying to blind pilots.

But 65mW and above (above 50mW above legal limits) green ones are still selling on eBay, so the laws haven’t worked yet. :\

Meconium 12:16 am 22 Apr 08

GTA IV – one week before release, and counting.

ant 10:46 pm 21 Apr 08

Thumper said :

The frightening thing is what sort of person would do this?

Seriously?

People who think that life is a video game.

Thumper 9:41 pm 21 Apr 08

The frightening thing is what sort of person would do this?

Seriously?

Meconium 9:05 pm 21 Apr 08

Considering only about one in ten packages marked “gift” are randomly opened by Customs, you’re likely to be able to buy a powerful laser from overseas. In fact, there’s a long thread on Whirlpool Forums discussing that exact topic.

These lasers are powerful enough to pop a balloon (not sure about an X-Wing though) and can be seen up to six kilometres away!

Banning laser pointers a tenth or a hundredth of the strength of these ones is a stupid idea, laser pointers are tiny, people will easily be able to bring them in from overseas, either in their bags or by mail.

So, again, we give up a civil liberty for a useful item, and we still end up having numskull kids shining them at incoming passenger jets for a laugh. Well done again state government.

gooterz 6:15 pm 21 Apr 08

I can see them having a big laser bust at the Uni’s some lectures have like 5 each:P

Thumper 5:42 pm 21 Apr 08

Going to have to ban fricken angry sea bass as well….

p1 5:32 pm 21 Apr 08

Gonna have to ban all dvd players as well of course…

Aurelius 5:00 pm 21 Apr 08

I used to think this was all a furphy. I mean, surely the planes would be able to land with zero visibility weather, so even if the lasers blinded the pilots, it wouldn’t matter.
But then I remembered that I had seen X-wings taken out by lasers.
So they must be extremely dangerous!

adeptacheese 4:45 pm 21 Apr 08

any laser with the power to hit an aircraft would already have been banned. Seems like some pointless “tough on crime” posturing to me

zig 3:12 pm 21 Apr 08

NSW Police/Government can’t even control banned/illegal firearms.

How are they going to manage banning laser pointers?

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