Laser pointing at aircraft could be tried locally
PHOENIX -- The Arizona House has approved a bill that would allow county attorneys to prosecute people charged with pointing a laser at aircraft.
The bill sponsored by Tucson Republican Rep. Ethan Orr would make pointing a laser at aircraft a class 5 felony. The measure would not apply to people under the age of 19.
Pointing a laser at aircraft is already a federal offense. But Orr says federal prosecutors rarely go after offenders and that he wants to give local prosecutors ``more teeth.''
The Federal Aviation Administration reported nearly 4,000 incidents of lasers being pointed at aircraft in 2013, a more than 40 percent increase since 2010.
The House passed the bill 58-2 on Tuesday. It now goes to the Senate.