1) He is 15? I don't see him getting prosecuted for importing a laser as a minor.I don't think you really want to know my opinion but as a pushy, opinionated bastage you are going to hear it. You are both freakin' idiots. Let me extrapolate on my contention.
1) You are in possession of, and recklessly operating a Class IIIb laser system without a single FDA required safety system. Furthermore, you have knowingly participated in a felony by importing said Class IIIb laser system into the United States under false pretenses. Knowingly receiving a laser system shipped as a light device with a false harmonized tariff code is a felony. Even if you did not knowingly participate you may still have culpability.
2) Outside is no place for laser systems. When laser systems are operated outside, they are in full accordance with FDA and FAA regulation regarding over the horizon operation, field of fire, and beamstop/cleared airspace. Just like firing a weapon, you are responsible for where that beam terminates.
3) What the police officer did was reckless. However, the officer has no reason to believe the laser system is more powerful than a commonly available <5mW Class IIIa system. The officer arrived on a nuisance call not a brandishing a weapon call. Having knowledge of the true power of the laser may turn your learning experience into a full on prosecution if you press the issue.
4) Because you apparently have a need for the coolness factor you are risking the ability of all hobbyists to own systems. It only takes one court case to set precedence. With precedence in hand any lawmaker can use the case as justification to restrict ownership. This is not a second amendment right. Don't expect the NRA to come flocking to your aid to defend your right to shine lasers at people. Just like driving, owning a laser system is a privilege not a right. Think before you act. If you can't operate laser systems safely you have no business owning them.
5) I understand the laser is only a 30mW laser but that makes no difference. It is still a Class IIIb system. That is how the FDA will see it as well as the attorneys prosecuting an ownership case. The analogy could be made that there is no difference if you shoot someone with a .45 caliber or a .22 caliber, the result is the same; someone is shot.
Every time someone does something like this it's another nail in the coffin for the hobbyist. If you don't think the FDA has been watching the events in Australia you are wrong.
Oh, I thought Frothy was back, saw him post a couple of times.@ Thengine... Steve001.... 1Nick.... Folder
Man... Like the other members posted...
Ya needs ta reads the Date of the Post you are replying
Frothy had left the Forum since then... and he posted that
over 2 years ago...:beer: