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Thread: FBI vs Laser Pointers! Who will win?

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    Default FBI vs Laser Pointers! Who will win?

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    Not sure it's a contest to be won, but unfortunately an inevitable crackdown.
    There's a lot of morons with high-powered handhelds out there...
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    it will result in the loss of our ability to get anything over 1mw without the equivalent of a gun license.

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    How bad would it be if lasers were licensed?

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    actually it might not be bad at all. it would keep the idiots from having dangerous lasers and let the rest of us not have to worry about being whacked in the eye by a kid on a big wheel playing light saber.

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    Where is the hotline to turn people in. I go to festivals all the time, and at pretty much every festival there's 2 to 5 people who shine their pointer at aircraft. I've tried to get onsite police and 911 to help to no avail

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    Being near one of the 12 cities, I hear numerous radio spots that stress the penalties, as well as urging the reporting of laser pointers aimed at aircraft. It must be doing some good - it's being reported that these incidents are down 19% in a 90 day period for the 12 cities involved.

    In February 2014, the federal agency began the reward program in FBI field offices where “laser strikes against aircraft are prevalent.” Those cities included Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and the Washington Field Office.
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    Thought I'd toss this in
    UPDATE May 2 2014: The FDA today announced its intent to effectively ban the sale of laser pointers and handhelds over 5 milliwatts. To do this, they are expanding the existing definition of “surveying, leveling and alignment” lasers to also include any laser that is compact, battery powered, and can be held in the hand. The discussion below was written by LaserPointerSafety.com well before the FDA action. It first objectively describes FDA’s authority, then gives analysis and opinion stating that the FDA is wrong in its arbitrary re-definition of SLA lasers.

    http://www.laserpointersafety.com/pe...s/sla/sla.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Displaser View Post
    Being near one of the 12 cities, I hear numerous radio spots that stress the penalties, as well as urging the reporting of laser pointers aimed at aircraft. It must be doing some good - it's being reported that these incidents are down 19% in a 90 day period for the 12 cities involved.

    In February 2014, the federal agency began the reward program in FBI field offices where “laser strikes against aircraft are prevalent.” Those cities included Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and the Washington Field Office.
    Live in Los Angeles, still havent heard a single thing.
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    Looks like they're going to try to regulate any battery powered handheld laser that is over 5mW .. The definition of a "demonstration" laser looks vague, though.

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