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Illinois Criminal Code of 1961

Article 24.6: Lasers and Laser Pointer Crimes

One might never consider it unlawful to point a laser pointer at someone, but Illinois legislators think otherwise. This article of Illinois criminal law makes it illegal to point a laser pointer at a peace officer such as a policeman. A conviction for the crime of aiming a laser pointer at a police officer carries a Class A misdemeanor status.

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The text below comes from Article 24 of the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961. This law may have changed -- please read the important legal disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

Illinois Criminal Code of 1961 - Article 24

Sec. 24.6-5. Definitions.
    (720 ILCS 5/24.6-5)

In this Article:

"Laser pointer" means a hand-held device that emits light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.

"Laser sight" means a laser pointer that can be attached to a firearm and can be used to improve the accuracy of the firearm. (Source: P.A. 91-252, eff. 1-1-00.)

Sec. 24.6-20. Aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer.
    (720 ILCS 5/24.6-20)

(a) A person commits aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer when he or she intentionally or knowingly aims an operating laser pointer at a person he or she knows or reasonably should know to be a peace officer.

(b) Sentence. Aiming a laser pointer at a peace officer is a Class A misdemeanor. (Source: P.A. 91-252, eff. 1-1-00.)

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