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H.R. 2893: Boater Protection from Laser Pointers Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2893

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Gibbs) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend title 46, United States Code, to prohibit causing the beam of a laser pointer to strike a vessel operating on the navigable waters of the United States, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Boater Protection from Laser Pointers Act.

2.

Aiming a laser pointer at a vessel

(a)

In general

Subchapter II of chapter 700 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

70014.

Aiming a laser pointer at a vessel

(a)

Prohibition

It shall be unlawful to cause the beam of a laser pointer to strike a vessel operating on the navigable waters of the United States.

(b)

Exceptions

This section shall not apply to a member or element of the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security acting in an official capacity for the purpose of research, development, operations, testing, or training.

(c)

Laser pointer defined

In this section the term laser pointer means any device designed or used to amplify electromagnetic radiation by stimulated emission that emits a beam designed to be used by the operator as a pointer or highlighter to indicate, mark, or identify a specific position, place, item, or object.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The analysis for such chapter is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to such subchapter the following:

70014. Aiming a laser pointer at a vessel.

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