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

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Mon Sep 24 19:51:45 CEST 2012

honestly, why not just put in the same provisions as an industrial use laser.


On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM, Chris Weiss <cweiss at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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