New government laws on laser pointers

In late 2013, the Government passed some new laws on high-power laser pointers. The new regulations came into force on 1 March 2014.

High-power laser pointers are devices that often resemble pens, but can come in larger or smaller sizes. The new controls cover the importation, supply, and acquisition of high-power laser pointers. The controls only apply to laser pointers with an output power of greater than 1 milliwatt.

The new regulations do not ban laser pointers outright. They impose controls on the supply chain and people are required to justify why they need the higher power devices (as opposed to a lower power laser pointer).

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