N.J. Senate OKs Bill Banning Some Laser Pointers

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

The state Senate on Monday joined the Assembly in overwhelmingly approving a bill that would bar the sale of certain powerful laser pointers, sending the measure to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.

The measure bans the sale of pointers that exceed one milliwatt in output power. Federal regulations allow for up to five milliwatts. Violators face a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 afterward.

Lasers can temporarily blind pilots, as evidenced by last week’s incident. Two commercial airliners on approach to Newark Airport were illuminated with a green and white laser at 1,600 feet.