NJ Senate OKs bill banning some laser pointers

TRENTON - The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would bar the sale of certain powerful laser pointers, sending the measure to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.

But it's not yet known when or if the governor will act on the bill.

The measure passed yesterday by a 36-1 vote that would ban the sale of laser pointers that exceed one milliwatt in output power. Current federal regulations allow for the sale of laser pointers that have an output power of up to five milliwatts.

The Assembly approved the measure in June. Violators would face $500 fines for the first offense and up to $1,000 for subsequent offenses.

Federal law enforcement authorities say lasers can temporarily blind pilots and put an aircraft's crew and passengers at risk.

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