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Old 10-08-2011, 09:59 AM #1
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Ok so i've been doing a bit of research and as far as i can tell Any laser in the UK is legal.
It's only illegal to buy/sell anything over 1mw that originates from the UK itself.
The only other restriction i can find is health and safety laws about using them in public and that it's a crime to point it at any humanly occupied aircraft.

I heard on the news a few weeks ago that there were laws on even owning them being put in place but after about an hour of trawling through the web and even the legislation page i can't find anything of the sort.
Was just wondering if anyone has any 100% solid information that suggests ordering in a laser from elsewhere/ owning a laser is a crime?

I'm mainly wanting to know this so i know if i have to worry about my laser orders getting caught up in customs on the way in, and whether i have any right to appeal if they do.

tldr; whats the UK laser law, will customs take my laser?


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Default Re: UK Laser Law

try google and check out this http://www.mmu.ac.uk/humanresources/...cy/laspen1.pdf

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Seen it already "health and safety unit"
I think it's a pretty old document too.
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Default Re: UK Laser Law

See this thread Actual Laser Laws by Country
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That was from late 2010
there were discussions of big changes being made in jan but not sure what came of it, and others since.
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customs only check a small percentage of things, so it is unlikely it will be opened

UK laws are quite lax, but if you don't use common sense then you will get arrested regardless
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Default Re: UK Laser Law

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Ok so i've been doing a bit of research and as far as i can tell Any laser in the UK is legal.
It's only illegal to buy/sell anything over 1mw that originates from the UK itself.
The only other restriction i can find is health and safety laws about using them in public and that it's a crime to point it at any humanly occupied aircraft.

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Was just wondering if anyone has any 100% solid information that suggests ordering in a laser from elsewhere/ owning a laser is a crime?

I'm mainly wanting to know this so i know if i have to worry about my laser orders getting caught up in customs on the way in, and whether i have any right to appeal if they do.

tldr; whats the UK laser law, will customs take my laser?
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Default Re: UK Laser Law

I've ordered over 50 lasers.. not a single problem.


AFAIK it's not illegal to import them.. but I can imagine it's frowned upon if the package is opened for a random custom check and found to have a laser in it..

But it is illegal to sell them in the country.. unless they are fully certified and the owner has a license or something like that.

Most companies describe the package as something else.. and give it a low estimated item cost so it doesn't get customs charged.

If you are unsure whether the company does this just ask them

www.o-like.com
www.laserglow.com
www.dragonlasers.com

They all do it..


Or just buy one off a member here.




(Actually I had a laser coming through during a recent bomb threat and I didn't get it ... Just accepted it and moved on)
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