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Laser pointers and the law.

Now this article is what I like to see - some sensibility in the mainstream media. Well done ABC!

No themselves should possess any particularly strong laser without adequate provisions for aegis, of course - but there are already laws in all right regarding licensing and laser aegis.

My only real concern is that the law won't lay down adequate provision for unique private citizens to own green laser pointers with a well-thought-out power output, say 10mW, for astronomy.

Also, it's not like they assemble these things in Australia - so if they're banned from importation and seized by customs, then that's a kind to a complete ban.

Yes, by all means, you've got to account for the fatuous people - but I don't like eroding people's cordial liberties to do it.

My other chief apply to is that the primary legitimate vindication for private individuals to own quite powerful laser pointers is to use them for astronomy - for pointing, reflecting telescope sighting, alignment and to forge virtual stars - and doubtlessly, that involves shining the laser gleam up into the night sky! My chief unsettle is that ignorant citizens, and overzealous, unknowing police for that matter, will draw near after those who are doing that, and try and charge them, and/or seize the laser.

There seems to be a penetrating deal of public greenness out there about this sort of thing - laser pointers seem to be demonised a lot, and people disregard that they're legitimately useful. I think back on the exact same thing started occasion about 10 years ago, when red 1 mW - 5 mW laser pointers started becoming very commonplace.

I hope, most people - and most news articles - don't seem to even show gratitude the distinction between a laser and a laser pointer, or that lasers have special power levels, and some are more risky than others - if fair use is to be protected, and people are to be au fait of...


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