Feedback requested on laser and tactical light ordinance

UPDATE - April 2, 2021 (Original post - Feb. 2, 2021)

The Scottsdale City Council approved this March 16.  It goes into effect on April 17. 

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On March 16, 2021, the Scottsdale City Council will consider adopting Ordinance #4439 which will prohibit intentionally or knowingly aiming a laser pointer, laser emitting device or tactical light at a peace officer, law enforcement employee or firefighter.  Currently, A.R.S. Section 13-1213 (state law) prohibits aiming a laser device at a peace officer but does not protect other law enforcement employees or firefighters. 

This prohibition also does not include aiming tactical lights at peace officers, other law enforcement employees or firefighters. A tactical light is a flashlight or other light either handheld or used in conjunction with a firearm for the purpose of either aiding low-light target identification or disorienting a human target by causing at least temporary blindness. Both laser devices and tactical lights can cause temporary blindness and jeopardize the safety of public safety employees. A laser device can also cause permanent damage. 

Ordinance #4439 is necessary in order to protect additional classes of public safety employees along with providing these employees protections against the misuse of tactical lights.

The full text of the ordinance can be found here.

If you have any comments on the proposed ordinance, please email:  pio@ScottsdaleAZ.gov 

 

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