TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a laser pointer bill Thursday, saying it goes well beyond federal standards.
S418 would have banned sales of laser pointers that exceed 1 milliwatt of power, while federal law allows sales of pointers up to 5 milliwatts.
“Presumably, the purpose of this bill is to deter the dangerous misuse of laser pointers. State and federal lawmakers, however, have already acted to prevent that misconduct,” Christie said in issuing an absolute veto.
“New Jersey has enacted stringent penalties that criminalize aiming laser pointers at any vehicle, including an airplane,” he wrote in his veto message.
“This legislation would ban the sale of one of the most common classes of consumer laser pointers,
which are not typically used by criminals, but by business professionals to deliver presentations.
“Tellingly, the Legislature points to no instance of this class of laser pointer being used by even a single criminal in New Jersey.”