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Laser Pointers

Some laser pointers are now a prohibited weapon

On 17 April 2010 a regulatory amendment to the Summary Offences (Dangerous Articles and Prohibited Weapons) Regulations 2000 SA will come into effect making hand-held laser pointers designed or adapted to emit a beam greater than 1 milliwatt (mW) a prohibited weapon.

Why are laser pointers now a prohibited weapon?

A laser beam greater than 1 mW poses a safety risk to the sight of any person who has a laser beam directed at their eyes. Inappropriate use of laser pointers has been reported where the laser beam has been directed into the eyes of pilots, motorists and players of professional sports such as soccer etc, causing temporary blindness during the exposure and for a short time afterwards. There is a risk of permanent eye damage dependant on the strength of the laser beam and the length of the exposure.

What does this mean?

It is an offence to possess or use, manufacture, distribute, sell, supply or otherwise deal in prohibited weapons. The penalty for this offence is up to two years imprisonment or a fine up to $10,000.


A person who has possession or uses, manufactures, distributes, sells, supplies or otherwise deals in laser pointers, is exempt under one of a number of exemptions.

What should you do?

Should you need to surrender your laser pointer, you can do so at any police station without fear of prosecution.

For Further information:

Full details about the regulations and exemptions for prohibited weapons including laser pointers may be found in the Summary Offences Act 1953 SA section 15, in conjunction with the regulated conditions contained in the Summary Offences (Dangerous Articles and Prohibited Weapons) Regulations 2000 SA. Read More...

Alternatively, you can visit any police station or contact:

SAPOL Firearms Branch
Phone: (08) 7322 3346


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