Laser pointers = weapons...?!?!?!


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mnw42
April 21, 2008, 09:22 AM
Here is a link to a Slashdot (http://news.slashdot.org/news/08/04/21/0340249.shtml) thread and the two articles form the Australian press here (http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/laser-lunatics-face-5000-fines/2008/04/21/1208629786565.html) and here (http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23572807-1702,00.html).

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TAB
April 21, 2008, 09:30 AM
in CA its a crime to point them at a LEO

ZeSpectre
April 21, 2008, 09:39 AM
Take away the laser pointers and a lot of folks will have to start walking their dogs again.

Standing Wolf
April 21, 2008, 09:52 AM
Take away the laser pointers and a lot of folks will have to start walking their dogs again.

Not to quibble, friend, but it seems you're assuming the people are smarter than the dogs. Is that what you mean? Is that a reasonable assumption?

Just asking.

ZeSpectre
April 21, 2008, 10:15 AM
I mean that when I had a dog I could sit on the back porch and run my dog all over the yard until she was exhausted because she'd chase that "red bug" like a fiend <grin>.

I enjoyed our morning walks but the laser was great in the evening when I was tired from a day at work.

lanternlad1
April 21, 2008, 10:23 AM
Lasers are great with cats too. I once left my guns with a friend while out of town, and his wife used my (empty) revolver's laser grips to entertain hers cats, which in turn entertained her. :)

shdwfx
April 21, 2008, 10:30 AM
So, what exactly do they consider "high-powered"? Stuff (http://www.amazon.com/Photon-Seeker-Green-Laser-Pointer/dp/B000ILIMCO) like (http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/lights/5a47/) this (http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=100603840&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=100603840&cm_mmc=1hd.com2froogle-_-product_feed-_-D27X-_-100603840).

John828
April 21, 2008, 10:53 AM
Here is what I read:

An anonymous reader was the first to point to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald which says that New South Wales (of which Sydney is the capital) will prohibit the possession of rocks, defining them as weapons, and make it an offense to carry any rock "without a lawful reason." (Similar coverage at news.com.au) Western Australia apparently beat NSW to the punch, and the federal government of Australia announced earlier this month it will treat rocks much like firearms, which, in Australia, is really saying something. The restrictions come as a reaction to incidents (not confined to Australia) in which the rocks were thrown on people, and in some cases, drawing blood. :scrutiny:

damien
April 21, 2008, 12:21 PM
How did the censor miss this duplicate thread?

Art Eatman
April 21, 2008, 12:28 PM
In the absence of discusion of legal issues...

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