Next Week Colorado Will Criminalize Pointing Lasers at Aircraft

By Shawn Patrick on June 22, 2023
Photo by Fabian Strauch/picture alliance via Getty Images

Any sensible person knows that pointing a laser at an airplane is the worst idea in the world. Not only could you put people in danger, but you will also get in huge trouble…

It is already a federal crime to point a laser at an aircraft, but SB 23-095 also makes it a state crime in Colorado.

Starting July 1, if someone points a laser at a plane or other aircraft, they face up to five years in federal prison, as well as between one year and 18 months in state prison.

There are exceptions, such as when someone is authorized to do it or is trying to send an emergency distress signal.

There were nearly 9,500 laser incidents reported to the Federal Aviation Administration in 2022, with just over 300 of those being in Colorado.

Another reason not to do it is the FBI will know your location almost immediately.  You WILL get caught and will do serious time.

Here’s an airplane pilot’s warning about it.

@sabrinaleej Shooting lasers at airplanes? #pilotsoftiktok #airlinepilot #travel #femalepilot #helicopter #helicopter #nyc ♬ sonido original – Sabrina Johnson

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