An anonymous reader was the first to point to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald which says that New South Wales (of which Sydney is the capital) will prohibit the possession of certain types of laser pointers
, defining them as weapons, and make it an offense to carry any laser pointer "without a lawful reason." (Similar coverage at news.com.au
) Western Australia apparently beat NSW to the punch
, and the federal government of Australia announced earlier this month it will treat laser pointers much like firearms
, which, in Australia, is really saying something
. The restrictions come as a reaction to incidents (not confined to Australia)
in which the lasers were trained on planes, distracting pilots.