[hackerspaces] N.J. Assembly advances bill prohibiting sale of lasers used to point at airplanes

Chris Weiss cweiss at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 19:37:00 CEST 2012

On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM, B F <bakmthiscl at gmail.com> wrote:
> I would be interested in feedback on this article from somebody
> knowledgeable about lasers and their uses.  Is this likely to be a
> problem for makerspaces?
> http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/09/nj_assembly_passes_bill_prohib.html

doubt it.

"1.    a. No person shall sell or offer to sell a laser pointer that
exceeds one milliwatt in output power."

so only selling is banned.  Possession/use is not mentioned.

Those that want to sell can label product as "may not be used for
aiming, targeting, or pointing out features" and call it something
other than a pointer, such as "laser projection pen"

what a poorly written bill, and a waste of time.  it's not like NJ is
so large that it's not feasible for someone to drive to another state
to get one.

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