Laser Laws in the U.S.

In the last few years their have been several crackdowns on lasers in the U.S. and the laws are always changing so if you see any incorrect info in here comment the mistake along with a link to a reliable website that says the same thing. There is also a reliable website that deals with laser safety if you want to see it click here.

Here are the States and their laser laws:

ALABAMA
No State Statutes specifically on laser pointers.

ALASKA
No State Statutes

ARIZONA
A.R.S. § 13-1213. Aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer; classification; definition
A. A person commits aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer if the person intentionally or knowingly directs the beam of light from an operating laser pointer at another person and the person knows or reasonably should know that the other person is a peace officer.
B. Aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer is a class 1 misdemeanor.
C. For the purposes of this section, “laser pointer” means any device that consists of a high or low powered visible light beam used for aiming, targeting or pointing out features.

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Code Annotated.
§ 5-54-132. Targeting law enforcement officer with laser pointer
(a) It is unlawful for any person to knowingly cause a laser light beam, colored light beam, or other targeting, pointing, or spotting light beam, to be projected, displayed, or shined on a law enforcement officer while in the performance of the law enforcement officer’s duties.
(b) Any person violating a provision of this section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
§ 5-60-121. Sale of laser light to minor
(a) It is unlawful to sell a hand-held laser pointer to a person under eighteen (1 years of age.
(b) Any person who violates this section is guilty of a violation punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars ($100).
§ 5-60-122. Possession of hand-held laser pointers by minors
(a) It is unlawful for a person under eighteen (1 years of age to possess a hand-held laser pointer without the supervision of a parent, guardian, or teacher.
(b) The hand-held laser pointer shall be seized by a law enforcement officer as contraband.
6-18-512. Policies regarding seizure of hand-held laser pointers in possession of students

Each school district shall adopt a policy providing for the seizure by school personnel of hand-held laser pointers in the possession of students

Note: These laws pertain to laser pointers. Arkansas has a variety of other laws covering medical / industrial use.

CALIFORNIA
CA Penal Code
§ 417.25.
(a) Every person who, except in self-defense, aims orpoints a laser scope, as defined in subdivision
(b), or a laser pointer, as defined in subdivision
©, at another person in a threatening manner with the specific intent to cause a reasonable person fear of bodily harm is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to 30 days. For purposes of this section, the laser scope need not be attached to a firearm.
(b) As used in this section, “laser scope” means a portable battery-powered device capable of being attached to a firearm and capable of projecting a laser light on objects at a distance.
© As used in this section, “laser pointer” means any hand held laser beam device or demonstration laser product that emits a single point of light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.
§ 417.26.
(a) Any person who aims or points a laser scope as defined in subdivision
(b) of Section 417.25, or a laser pointer, as defined in subdivision
© of that section, at a peace officer with the specific intent to cause the officer apprehension or fear of bodily harm and who knows or reasonably should know that the person at whom he or she is aiming or pointing is a peace officer, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for a term not exceeding six months.
(b) Any person who commits a second or subsequent violation of subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year.
§ 417.27.
(a) No person, corporation, firm, or business entity of any kind shall knowingly sell a laser pointer to a person 17 years of age or younger, unless he or she is accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian, or any other adult 18 years of age or older.
(b) No student shall possess a laser pointer on any elementary or secondary school premises unless possession of a laser pointer on the elementary or secondary school premises is for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose, including employment.
© No person shall direct the beam from a laser pointer directly or indirectly into the eye or eyes of another person or into a moving vehicle with the intent to harass or annoy the other person or the occupants of the moving vehicle.
(d) No person shall direct the beam from a laser pointer directly or indirectly into the eye or eyes of a guide dog, signal dog, service dog, or dog being used by a peace officer with the intent to harass or annoy the animal.
(e) A violation of subdivision (a), (b), ©, or (d) shall be an infraction that is punished by either a fine of fifty dollars ($50). or four hours of community service, and a second or subsequent violation of any of these subdivisions shall be an infraction that is punished by either a fine of one hundred dollars ($100) or eight hours of community service.
(f) As used in this section, “laser pointer” has the same meaning as set forth in subdivision © of Section 417.25.
(g) As used in this section, “guide dog,” “signal dog,” and “service dog,” respectively, have the same meaning as set forth in subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) of Section 365.5.

COLORADO
No laws.

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.)
§ 53-206e. Limitation on sale and use of laser pointers
(a) As used in this section, “laser pointer” means a hand-held device that emits a laser light beam and is designed to be used by the operator to indicate, mark or identify a specific position, place, item or object.
(b) No person shall sell, offer to sell, lease, give or otherwise provide a laser pointer to a person under eighteen years of age, except as provided in subsection (d) of this section.
© No person under eighteen years of age shall possess a laser pointer on school grounds or in any public place, except as provided in subsection (d) of this section.
(d) A person may temporarily transfer a laser pointer to a person under eighteen years of age for an educational or other lawful purpose provided the person to whom the laser pointer is temporarily transferred is under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian, teacher, employer or other responsible adult.
(e) No person shall shine, point or focus a laser pointer, directly or indirectly, upon or at another person in a manner that can reasonably be expected to cause harassment, annoyance or fear of injury to such other person.
(f) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall have committed an infraction.

DELEWARE
No laws.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
No laws.

FLORIDA
Florida Statutes
§ 501.122
1) Definitions.–For the purposes of this section:
(a) “Laser” means light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, encompassing wavelengths above and below those in visual range, if produced by laser devices.
(b) “Laser device” means any device designed or used to amplify electromagnetic radiation by stimulated emission.
© “Nonionizing radiation” means electromagnetic or sound waves which do not produce or result in ionization.
(d) “Ionizing radiation” means gamma and X rays, alpha and beta particles, high-speed electrons, neutrons, protons, and other nuclear particles.
(e) “Department” means the Department of Health.
2) Authority to issue regulations.–Except for electrical transmission and distribution lines and substation facilities subject to regulation by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to chapter 403, the Department of Health shall adopt rules as necessary to protect the health and safety of persons exposed to laser devices and other nonionizing radiation, including the user or any others who might come in contact with such radiation. The Department of Health may:
(a) Develop a program for registration of laser devices and uses and of identifying and controlling sources and uses of other nonionizing radiations.
(b) Maintain liaison with, and receive information from, industry, industry associations, and other organizations or individuals relating to present or future radiation-producing products or devices.
© Study and evaluate the degree of hazard associated with the use of laser devices or other sources of radiation.
(d) Establish and prescribe performance standards for lasers and other radiation control, including requirements for radiation surveys and measurements and the methods and instruments used to perform surveys; the qualifications, duties, and training of users; the posting of warning signs and labels for facilities and devices; recordkeeping; and reports to the department, if it determines that such standards are necessary for the protection of the public health.
(e) Amend or revoke any performance standard established under the provisions of this section.
3) Penalties for using unregistered laser device or product.—
(a) No person licensed to practice the healing arts, nor any other person, may use a Class III or a Class IV laser device or product as defined by federal regulations unless she or he has complied with the rules governing the registration of such devices with the department promulgated pursuant to subsection (2).
(b) Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
§ 784.062. Misuse of laser lighting devices
(1) As used in subsection
(2), the term “laser lighting device” means a hand-held device, not affixed to a firearm, which emits a laser beam that is designed to be used by the operator as a pointer or highlighter to indicate, mark, or identify a specific position, place, item, or object.
As used in subsection
(3), the term “laser lighting device” means any device designed or used to amplify electromagnetic radiation by stimulated emission.
(2) Any person who knowingly and willfully shines, points, or focuses the beam of a laser lighting device at a law enforcement officer, engaged in the performance of his or her official duties, in such a manner that would cause a reasonable person to believe that a firearm is pointed at him or her commits a noncriminal violation, punishable as provided in s. 775.083.
(3)(a) Any person who knowingly and willfully shines, points, or focuses the beam of a laser lighting device on an individual operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(b) Any person who knowingly and willfully shines, points, or focuses the beam of a laser lighting device on an individual operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft and such act results in bodily injury commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

GEORGIA
Code of Georgia
No statutes.

HAWAII
HAWAII REVISED STATUTES
§ 136-1 Definitions.
As used in this chapter, “laser pointing device” means any hand-held laser device, which is not designed as a sighting device for a weapon nor for use in a medical procedure. The term includes the commercially-available device, which is commonly known as a “laser pen” or “laser pointer”.
§ 136-2 Harrassment; prohibited.
No person eighteen years of age or over shall intentionally focus, point, or shine a laser pointing device directly or indirectly into the eye or eyes of another person, or upon another person or animal, in such a manner as would reasonably be expected to annoy, harass, or alarm the person or animal
§ 136-3 Sale to minors; prohibited.
It shall be unlawful to sell or furnish a laser pointing device to any minor.
§ 136-4 Possession of laser pointing devices by minors prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any minor to possess a laser pointing device.
§ 136-5 Exemptions.
Sections 480B-3, and 480B-4 shall not apply to any hand-held laser devices in a recreational activity commonly referred to as “laser tag,” and which activity is offered for a fee by an amusement or recreation facility, provided that the devices shall be collected by the operator of the facility following their use.
§ 136-6 Penalties.
(a) Any violation of section 480B-2 is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 or imprisonment for a definite term to be fixed by the court not to exceed thirty days, or both.
(b) Any violation of section 480B-3, or 480B-4 is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.

For Statutes on Professional / Medical lasers see § 459 – 1 et seq.

IDAHO
No statutes

ILLINOIS
Illinois Compiled Code
ARTICLE 24.6. LASER POINTERS (720 ILCS 5/24.6 5)
Sec. 24.6 5.
Definitions. In this Article:
“Laser pointer” means a hand held device that emits light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.
“Laser sight” means a laser pointer that can be attached to a firearm and can be used to improve the accuracy of the firearm.
Sec. 24.6 20. Aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer.
(a) A person commits aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer when he or she intentionally or knowingly aims an operating laser pointer at a person he or she knows or reasonably should know to be a peace officer.
(b) Sentence. Aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer is a Class A misdemeanor.

These are the laws re laser pointers. There are other laws governing the use of other types of lasers.

INDIANA
Indiana Code
35-47-4.5-1 Exceptions
Sec. 1. This chapter does not apply to the use of a laser pointer:
(1) for educational purposes by individuals engaged in an organized meeting or training class; or
(2) during the normal course of work or trade activities.
35-47-4.5-2 “Laser pointer” defined
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, “laser pointer” means a device that emits light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.
35-47-4.5-3 “Public safety officer” defined
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, “public safety officer” means:
(1) a state police officer;
(2) a county sheriff;
(3) a county police officer;
(4) a correctional officer;
(5) an excise police officer;
(6) a county police reserve officer;
(7) a city police officer;
( a city police reserve officer;
(9) a conservation enforcement officer;
(10) a gaming agent;
(11) a town marshal;
(12) a deputy town marshal;
(13) a state university police officer appointed under IC 20-12-3.5;
(14) a probation officer;
(15) a firefighter (as defined in IC 9-18-34-1);
(16) an emergency medical technician; or
(17) a paramedic; or
(1 a member of a consolidated law enforcement department established under IC 36-3-1-5.1.
35-47-4.5-4 Directing laser pointer at public safety officer
Sec. 4. A person who knowingly or intentionally directs light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye or any other electromagnetic radiation from a laser pointer at a public safety officer or a state police motor carrier inspector without the consent of the public safety officer or state police motor carrier inspector commits a Class B misdemeanor.

IOWA
No Laws. Laws do regulate use in medicine, cosmetology, and other areas.

KANSAS
No laws. Laws do regulate non-pointer uses.

KENTUCKY
No laws regulating laser pointers

LOUSIANA
Louisiana Statute Criminal Code
§ 37.3. Unlawful use of a laser on a police officer
A. Unlawful use of a laser on a police officer is the intentional projection of a laser on or at a police officer without consent of the officer when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe the officer is a police officer acting in the performance of his duty and that the officer will be injured, intimidated, or placed in fear of bodily harm.
B. For purposes of this Section the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Laser” means any device that projects a beam or point of light by means of light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation or any device that emits light which simulates the appearance of a laser.
(2) “Police officer” shall include commissioned police officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, marshals, deputy marshals, correctional officers, constables, wildlife enforcement agents, and probation and parole officers.
C. Whoever commits the crime of unlawful use of a laser on a police officer shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

MAINE
Maine Criminal Code
§ 1002-A. Criminal use of laser pointers
1. A person is guilty of criminal use of a laser pointer if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly points a laser pointer at another person, while the laser pointer is emitting a laser beam, and:
A. Causes bodily injury to that other person. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime;
B. That other person is a law enforcement officer in uniform. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime; or
C. Causes a reasonable person to suffer intimidation, annoyance or alarm. Violation of this paragraph is a Class E crime.
2. For the purposes of this section, “laser pointer” means a hand-held device that emits a visible light beam amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation.
3. It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that at the time of the laser pointer’s use the person who intentionally, knowingly or recklessly pointed a laser pointer at another person was justified under chapter 5 in threatening or using physical force upon the other person.
4. As part of every judgment of conviction and sentence imposed, every laser pointer that constitutes the basis for conviction under this section must be forfeited to the State and the court shall so order, unless another person can satisfy the court prior to the judgment and by a preponderance of the evidence that such other person had a right to possess the laser pointer, to the exclusion of the defendant, at the time of the offense.

MARYLAND
Code of Maryland Criminal Law
§ 3-806. Misuse of laser pointer
“Laser pointer” defined
(a) In this section, “laser pointer” means a device that emits light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.
Scope of section
(b) This section may not be construed to apply to the use of a laser pointer:
(1) for educational purposes by individuals engaged in an organized meeting or training class; or
(2) during the normal course of work or trade activities.
Prohibited
© A person may not knowingly use a laser pointer to illuminate another in a public place in a manner that harasses or endangers the other.
Penalty
(d) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $500.

Other laws govern medical / professional use.

MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts General Laws
§ 5I. Laser equipment; rules and regulations; penalties for violation
The department may from time to time, after a public hearing, adopt, alter or repeal such rules and regulations relative to the use of laser systems, devices or equipment as it shall deem necessary to protect the public from the hazards of laser rays or beams, with penalties for the violation thereof not exceeding five hundred dollars for any particular offense. Such rules and regulations may require the registration of said systems, devices or equipment.

This section shall not be construed as limiting the powers of the department of labor and industry under the provisions of chapter one hundred and forty-nine relative to the prevention of accidents or injuries to employees.

Other statutes regulate medical / industrial use.

MICHIGAN
No laws.

MINNESOTA
Game and Fish
97B.111. Special firearm hunting seasons for physically disabled
Subdivision 1.
Establishment; requirements. The commissioner may establish criteria, special seasons, and limits for persons who have a physical disability to take big game and small game with firearms and by archery in designated areas. A person hunting under this section who has a physical disability must have a verified statement of the disability by a licensed physician and must be participating in a program for physically disabled hunters sponsored by a nonprofit organization that is permitted under subdivision 2. A license is not required for a person to assist a physically disabled person hunting during a special season under this section.
Subd. 2. Permit for organization; laser sights.
(a) The commissioner may issue a special permit without a fee to a nonprofit organization to provide an assisted hunting opportunity to physically disabled hunters. The assisted hunting opportunity may take place:
(1) in areas designated by the commissioner under subdivision 1; or
(2) on private property or a licensed shooting preserve.
(b) The sponsoring organization shall provide a physically capable person to assist each disabled hunter with safety-related aspects of hunting and, notwithstanding section 97B.081, a person with a physical disability who is totally blind may use laser sights.
© The commissioner may impose reasonable permit conditions.

MISSOURI
No laws.

MONTANA
No Laws.

NEBRASKA
No laws.

NEVADA
No laws.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Title LXII. Criminal Code
631:3-a Conduct Involving Laser Pointing Devices.
I. Any person who knowingly shines the beam of a laser pointing device at an occupied motor vehicle, window, or person shall be guilty of a violation and the laser pointing device shall be forfeited upon conviction.
II. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph I, any person who knowingly shines the beam of a laser pointing device at a law enforcement officer or law enforcement vehicle shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and the laser pointing device shall be forfeited upon conviction.
III. It shall be an affirmative defense under this section if the laser pointing device was used in an organized meeting or training class by the instructor or speaker. Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to limit the use of medical lasers by qualified medical personnel, or construction lasers used by construction personnel, or laser devices utilized by law enforcement personnel in the performance of their official duties.

Other statutes for industrial / medical lasers.

NEW JERSEY
No laws.

NEW MEXICO
No laws.

NEW YORK
Penal Law
§ 120.14 Menacing in the second degree
A person is guilty of menacing in the second degree when:
1. He or she intentionally places or attempts to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm; or
2. He or she repeatedly follows a person or engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts over a period of time intentionally placing or attempting to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death; or
3. He or she commits the crime of menacing in the third degree in violation of that part of a duly served order of protection, or such order which the defendant has actual knowledge of because he or she was present in court when such order was issued, pursuant to article eight of the family court act, section 530.12 of the criminal procedure law, or an order of protection issued by a court of competent jurisdiction in another state, territorial or tribal jurisdiction, which directed the respondent or defendant to stay away from the person or persons on whose behalf the order was issued.
Menacing in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.

NOTE: One may be properly charged with menacing in second degree for shining laser beam, typically used as sighting device on firearms, at another person; shining of laser beam onto person where source of beam is not visible reasonably could be perceived by intended victim as display of firearm. People v. Brown, 1998, 179 Misc.2d 218, 685 N.Y.S.2d 392.

NORTH CAROLINA
Chapter 14. Criminal Law
§ 14-34.8. Criminal use of laser device
(a) For purposes of this section, the term “laser” means light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
(b) It is unlawful intentionally to point a laser device at a law enforcement officer, or at the head or face of another person, while the device is emitting a laser beam.
© A violation of this section is an infraction.
(d) This section does not apply to a law enforcement officer who uses a laser device in discharging or attempting to discharge the officer’s official duties. This section does not apply to a health care professional who uses a laser device in providing services within the scope of practice of that professional nor to any other person who is licensed or authorized by law to use a laser device or uses it in the performance of the person’s official duties.
(e) This section does not apply to laser tag, paintball guns, and other similar games and devices using light emitting diode (LED) technology.
§ 14-280.2. Use of a laser device towards an aircraft
(a) Any person who, willfully points a laser device at an aircraft, while the device is emitting a laser beam, and while the aircraft is taking off, landing, in flight, or otherwise in motion, is guilty of a Class H felony.
(b) The following definitions apply to this section:
(1) “Aircraft” is as defined in G.S. 63-1.
(2) “Laser” is as defined in G.S. 14-34.8.
© This section shall not apply where the laser use had been approved by a State or federal agency.

Other laws regulate laser speed traps, industrial use, and medical use.

NORTH DAKOTA
No laser pointer laws. Laws do regulate medical and industrial use.

OHIO
Ohio Revised Code (Title XXIX. Crimes—Procedure)
2909.081 Discharge of laser into cockpit of aircraft
(A) No person shall knowingly discharge a laser or other device that creates visible light into the cockpit of an aircraft that is in the process of taking off or landing or is in flight.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of interfering with the operation of an aircraft with a laser, a felony of the second degree.
© As used in this section, “laser” means both of the following:
(1) Any device that utilizes the natural oscillations of atoms or molecules between energy levels for generating coherent electromagnetic radiation in the ultraviolet, visible, or infrared region of the spectrum and when discharged exceeds one milliwatt continuous wave;
(2) Any device designed or used to amplify electromagnetic radiation by simulated emission that is visible to the human eye.

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma Statutes Title 21. Crimes and Punishments
§ 1992. Short title–Penalties—Definitions
A. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Laser Safety Act”.
B. Any person who knowingly and maliciously projects a laser, as defined in this section, on or at a law enforcement officer without the consent of the officer while the officer is acting within the scope of the official duties of the officer shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). Any person who commits a second or subsequent violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), a term of imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
C. As used in this section:
1. “Laser” means any device that projects a beam or point of light by means of light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation or a device that emits light which simulates the appearance of a laser; and
2. “Law enforcement officer” means any police officer, peace officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, correctional officer, probation or parole officer, emergency management employee, judge, magistrate, or any employee of a governmental agency who is authorized by law to engage in the investigation, arrest, prosecution, or supervision of the incarceration of any person for any violation of law and has statutory powers of arrest.

OREGON
Oregon Revised Statutes Title 16. Crimes and Punishments
163.709. Unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer
(1) A person commits the offense of unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer if the person knowingly directs light from a laser pointer at another person without the consent of the other person and the other person is:
(a) A peace officer as defined in ORS 161.015 who is acting in the course of official duty; or
(b) A uniformed private security professional as defined in ORS 181.870 who is on duty.
(2) The offense described in this section, unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer, is a Class A misdemeanor.
(3) As used in this section, “laser pointer” means a device that emits light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.

Other statutes govern industrial / medical use.

PENNSYLVANIA
No laws on laser pointers
PUERTO RICO
No laws on laser pointers

RHODE ISLAND
GENERAL LAWS OF RHODE ISLAND
16-21.2-11. Devices prohibited.
(a) Any student enrolled in any secondary or elementary school shall be prohibited from carrying, possessing or using a paging device of any kind or a laser pointer of any kind on school property, except with the written consent of the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled.
(b) The penalty for violation of this section shall be the confiscation of the device.
23-1-39.1. Laser pointing device.
(a) For purposes of this section, “laser pointing device” means any hand held device that emits light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation which is visible to the human eye.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to focus, point, or shine a laser beam on another person or an animal in a manner that is intended to alarm, annoy, harass, or harm the person or animal.
© No person, firm, corporation, or association shall sell, offer to sell, lease, give, or otherwise provide a laser pointing device to any person under eighteen (1 years of age.
(d) No person, firm, corporation, or association engaged in the sale of laser pointing devices shall display, hold, store, or offer for sale laser pointing devices unless these devices are securely contained within a sealed or locked case, or located behind a service counter, or stored in any other manner which restricts access to the laser pointing devices by customers and/or the general public.
(e) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (b) or any person, firm, corporation, or association who violates subsection © of this section shall, upon a first conviction, be deemed guilty of a violation and fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500), and upon a second or subsequent conviction, shall be deemed guilty of a petty misdemeanor and fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500) and/or imprisoned for not more than six (6) months. Any person, firm, corporation, or association who violates the provisions of subsection (d) shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100).
(f) This section shall not apply to members of the Rhode Island state police or to members of any city or town police department or any state or federal law enforcement officer in the performance of their official duties.
SOUTH CAROLINA
No laws on laser pointers.
SOUTH DAKOTA
No laws on laser pointers

TENNESSEE
Tennessee Code Title 39. Criminal Offenses
§ 39-16-515. Activation and pointing of laser at law enforcement officer; penalty
(a) It is an offense to knowingly activate and point a laser pointer or other device utilizing a laser beam at a person known to be a law enforcement officer while the officer is in the performance of such officer’s official duties with the intent to place such officer in fear of serious bodily injury or death.
(b) In order for subsection (a) to apply:
(1) The law enforcement officer must actually be placed in fear of serious bodily injury or death;
(2) The fear must be real or honestly believed to be real at the time; and
(3) Based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the defendant’s conduct, the fear must be founded upon reasonable grounds.
© A violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Other laws govern medical / industrial lasers & their use and resale.

TEXAS
Texas Statutes and Codes
§ 42.13. Use of Laser Pointers
(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly directs a light from a laser pointer at a uniformed safety officer, including a peace officer, security guard, firefighter, emergency medical service worker, or other uniformed municipal, state, or federal officer.
(b) In this section, “laser pointer” means a device that emits a visible light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation.
© An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
Other statutes cover medical / industrial use.

UTAH
Utah Code Title 76. Utah Criminal Code
§ 76-10-2501. Unlawful use of a laser pointer–Definitions—Penalties
(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Laser light” means light that is amplified by stimulated emission of radiation.
(b) “Laser pointer” means any portable device that emits a visible beam of laser light that may be directed at a person.
© “Law enforcement officer” means an officer under Section 53-13-103.
(2) A person is guilty of unlawful use of a laser pointer if the person directs a beam of laser light from a laser pointer at:
(a) a moving motor vehicle or its occupants; or
(b) one whom the person knows or has reason to know is a law enforcement officer.
(3) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under Subsection (2)(b) that:
(a) the law enforcement officer was:
(i) not in uniform;
(ii) not traveling in a vehicle identified as a law enforcement vehicle; and
(iii) not otherwise engaged in an activity that would give the person reason to know him to be a law enforcement officer; and
(b) the law enforcement officer was not otherwise known by the person to be a law enforcement officer.
(4) Violation of Subsection (2)(a) is an infraction. Violation of Subsection (2)(b) is a class C misdemeanor.
(5) If the violation of this section constitutes an offense subject to a greater penalty under another provision of Title 76, Utah Criminal Code, than is provided under this section, this section does not prohibit the prosecution and sentencing for the offense subject to a greater penalty.

Other laws govern medical / industrial use.

VERMONT
No laws specifically governing laser pointers.

VIRGINA
Annotated Code of Virginia
§ 18.2-57.01. Pointing laser at law-enforcement officer unlawful; penalty
If any person, knowing or having reason to know another person is a law-enforcement officer as defined in § 18.2-57, a probation or parole officer appointed pursuant to § 53.1-143, a correctional officer as defined in § 53.1-1, or a person employed by the Department of Corrections directly involved in the care, treatment or supervision of inmates in the custody of the Department engaged in the performance of his public duties as such, intentionally projects at such other person a beam or a point of light from a laser, a laser gun sight, or any device that simulates a laser, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
§ 22.1-279.6. Board of Education guidelines and model policies for codes of student conduct; school board regulations
…A school board may regulate the use or possession of beepers or other portable communications devices and laser pointers by students on school property or attending school functions or activities and establish disciplinary procedures pursuant to this article to which students violating such regulations will be subject.

Other laws govern medical and industrial use.

WASHINGTON
Revised Code of Washington
9A.49.001. Findings (Lasers)
The legislature finds that lasers are becoming both less expensive and more accessible in our technologically advanced society. Laser devices are being used by individuals in a manner so as to intimidate and harass. This creates an especially serious problem for law enforcement officers who reasonably believe they are the target of a laser sighting device on a firearm. Additionally, emergency service providers, service providers, and others who operate aircraft or motor vehicles may be negatively affected to the point of jeopardizing their safety as well as the safety of others. In order to address the misuse of lasers, the legislature hereby finds it necessary to criminalize the discharge of lasers under certain circumstances.
9A.49.010. Definitions
The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) “Aircraft” means any contrivance known or hereafter invented, used, or designed for navigation of or flight in air.
(2) “Laser” means any device designed or used to amplify electromagnetic radiation by simulated [stimulated] emission which is visible to the human eye.
(3) “Laser sighting system or device” means any system or device which is integrated with or affixed to a firearm and which emits a laser light beam that is used by the shooter to assist in the sight alignment of that firearm.
9A.49.020. Unlawful discharge of a laser in the first degree
(1) A person is guilty of unlawful discharge of a laser in the first degree if he or she knowingly and maliciously discharges a laser, under circumstances not amounting to malicious mischief in the first degree:
(a) At a law enforcement officer or other employee of a law enforcement agency who is performing his or her official duties in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his or her authority, and in a manner that would support that officer’s or employee’s reasonable belief that he or she is targeted with a laser sighting device or system; or
(b) At a law enforcement officer or other employee of a law enforcement agency who is performing his or her official duties, causing an impairment of the safety or operation of a law enforcement vehicle or causing an interruption or impairment of service rendered to the public by negatively affecting the officer or employee; or
© At a pilot, causing an impairment of the safety or operation of an aircraft or causing an interruption or impairment of service rendered to the public by negatively affecting the pilot; or
(d) At a fire fighter or other employee of a fire department, county fire marshal’s office, county fire prevention bureau, or fire protection district who is performing his or her official duties, causing an impairment of the safety or operation of an emergency vehicle or causing an interruption or impairment of service rendered to the public by negatively affecting the fire fighter or employee; or
(e) At a transit operator or driver of a public or private transit company while that person is performing his or her official duties, causing an impairment of the safety or operation of a transit vehicle or causing an interruption or impairment of service rendered to the public by negatively affecting the operator or driver; or
(f) At a school bus driver employed by a school district or private company while the driver is performing his or her official duties, causing an impairment of the safety or operation of a school bus or causing an interruption or impairment of service by negatively affecting the bus driver.
(2) Except as provided in RCW 9A.49.040, unlawful discharge of a laser in the first degree is a class C felony.
9A.49.030. Unlawful discharge of a laser in the second degree
(1) A person is guilty of unlawful discharge of a laser in the second degree if he or she knowingly and maliciously discharges a laser, under circumstances not amounting to unlawful discharge of a laser in the first degree or malicious mischief in the first or second degree:
(a) At a person, not described in RCW 9A.49.020(1)(a) through (f), who is operating a motor vehicle at the time, causing an impairment of the safety or operation of a motor vehicle by negatively affecting the driver; or
(b) At a person described in RCW 9A.49.020(1)(b) through (f), causing a substantial risk of an impairment or interruption as described in RCW 9A.49.020(1)(b) through (f); or
© At a person in order to intimidate or threaten that person.
(2) Except as provided in RCW 9A.49.040, unlawful discharge of a laser in the second degree is a gross misdemeanor.
9A.49.040. Civil infraction, when
Unlawful discharge of a laser in the first degree or second degree is a civil infraction if committed by a juvenile who has not before committed either offense. The monetary penalty imposed upon a juvenile may not exceed one hundred dollars.
9A.49.050. Exclusions
This chapter does not apply to the conduct of a laser development activity by or on behalf of the United States armed forces.

Other regulations govern medical / police speed trap / and industrial use.

WEST VIRGINIA
No laws on laser pointers.

WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Statutes
941.299. Restrictions on the use of laser pointers
(1) In this section:
(a) “Correctional officer” has the meaning given in s. 941.237(1)(b).
(b) “Laser pointer” means a hand-held device that uses light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation to emit a beam of light that is visible to the human eye.
© “Law enforcement officer” means a Wisconsin law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 175.46(1)(g), or a federal law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 175.40(7)(a)1.
(2) No person may do any of the following:
(a) Intentionally direct a beam of light from a laser pointer at any part of the body of a correctional officer or law enforcement officer without the officer’s consent, if the person knows or has reason to know that the victim is a correctional officer or law enforcement officer who is acting in an official capacity.
(b) Intentionally and for no legitimate purpose direct a beam of light from a laser pointer at any part of the body of any human being.
© Intentionally direct a beam of light from a laser pointer in a manner that could reasonably be expected to alarm, intimidate, threaten or terrify another person.
(d) Intentionally direct a beam of light from a laser pointer in a manner that, under the circumstances, tends to disrupt any public or private event or create or provoke a disturbance.
(3)(a) Whoever violates sub.
(2) (a) is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(b) Whoever violates sub. (2)(b), © or (d) is subject to a Class B forfeiture.
© A person may be charged with a violation of sub. (2)(a) or (b) or both for an act involving the same victim. If the person is charged with violating both sub. (2)(a) and (b) with respect to the same victim, the charges shall be joined. If the person is found guilty of both sub. (2)(a) and (b) for an act involving the same victim, the charge under sub. (2)(b) shall be dismissed and the person may be sentenced only under sub. (2)(a).

Other laws cover hunting with laser sights, medical use, industrial use, and speed enforcement.

WYOMING
No laws on laser pointers. Medical use and industrial use are regulated.

 

2 Responses to Laser Laws in the U.S.

  1. Cherilynn says:

    I was seioursly at DefCon 5 until I saw this post.

  2. Karah says:

    Super ecxited to see more of this kind of stuff online.

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