Maryland city restricts use of laser pointers
Laser pointers are to be taken seriously, according to Ocean City, Md., officials. In early August, the city passed a law making it illegal to use the devices in a way that may cause harm to other people.
Ocean City’s “Harassment by Laser Pointer” law bans anyone from shining a laser pointer directly or indirectly on another person or animal in any manner. Specifically, the law prohibits the focusing of laser pointers directly or indirectly on a balcony, porch, or any other structure where people may gather, or in any window or door, or any vehicle on land, air or water. “Laser pointers are not toys,” the city said in a press release. “These devices should never be shined on or around people or animals. The devices, if used improperly, pose risks to humans and animals, and could cause eye damage.”
Also, minors are no longer allowed to purchase the handheld lasers within the city, and retailers that sell the devices must post a sign conspicuously at the point of sale or exchange advising potential purchasers of the law. The laser merchants also must provide customers with written notice of the new law in bold face type. Violators would be charged with a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Download Ocean City’s laser pointer ordinance.