Summary Offences (Possession of High-power Laser Pointers) Amendment Act 2014

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Summary Offences (Possession of High-power Laser Pointers) Amendment Act 2014

Public Act2014 No 49
Date of assent27 July 2014
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Summary Offences (Possession of High-power Laser Pointers) Amendment Act 2014.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day that is 28 days after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act
4 New section 13B inserted (Possession of high-power laser pointers)
  • After section 13A, insert:

    13B Possession of high-power laser pointers
    • (1) Every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding $2,000 who, in any public place, without reasonable excuse, has any high-power laser pointer in his or her possession.

      (2) On convicting any person of an offence against subsection (1), the court may order that the high-power laser pointer be forfeited to the Crown.

      (3) In this section, high-power laser pointer means a device that,—

      • (a) in the Director-General of Health's opinion, is of the kind commonly known as a laser pointer; and

      • (b) is battery operated; and

      • (c) is designed or intended to be operated while held in the hand; and

      • (d) produces a coherent beam of optical radiation of low divergence; and

      • (e) has a power output of greater than 1 milliwatt.


Legislative history

15 November 2012Introduction (Bill 88–1)
25 September 2013First reading and referral to Transport and Industrial Relations Committee
19 February 2014Reported from Transport and Industrial Relations Committee (Bill 88–2)
28 May 2014Second reading
25 June 2014Committee of the whole House
23 July 2014Third reading
27 July 2014Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.