Monday, 21 April 2008

Laser lunatics face $5000 fines

Police will have powers to frisk people they suspect of carrying any laser and those without reason to have them - such as educators, architects or astronomers - will be fined up to $5000.

NSW Premier Morris Iemma said today the government would ban the most powerful laser pointers and make it a summary offence to carry any laser pointer without a lawful reason.

Class three and four laser pointers will be declared prohibited weapons and carrying them could attract a maximum penalty of 14 years jail.

Mr Iemma said the misuse of these devices have the potential to cause mass murder.

"It only takes a fraction of a second for a pilot to become temporarily blinded and that could have catastrophic consequences" Mr Iemma said. "It is a gutless and cowardly act that could result in an horrific outcome".

Quote: Do you see the light? Laser lunatics face $5000 fines and 14 years jail and everyone else gets strip-searched and goes without lasers at their dance party. Blanket bans are draconian and offensive to every other law abiding citizen.

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