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PATROL SERGEANT DRAFTS LAWS BANNING 'LASER-EQUIPPED' FIREARMS; LEGISLATION SENT TO THE STATE F.O.P. FOR LOBBYING EFFORT

 PATROL SERGEANT DRAFTS LAWS BANNING 'LASER-EQUIPPED' FIREARMS;
 LEGISLATION SENT TO THE STATE F.O.P. FOR LOBBYING EFFORT
 PHILADELPHIA, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Lou Campione, a Philadelphia Police patrol sergeant, proposed state legislation today which would prohibit the sale, possession or use of "laser gun sights" -- miniature lasers which are mounted on firearms and capable of projecting a concentrated light beam on a bullet's intended point of impact.
 Campione stated his disbelief that these battery-powered "mini- lasers" are openly sold in some gun shops and through mail order catalogues without any form of regulation.
 "Pure and simple -- these items are 'Cop Killers' and anyone with cash or a credit card can buy them," said Campione. "Once a firearm is properly equipped with laser sights then all that is necessary is to project a pinpoint beam of light on a target and pull the trigger. The results are deadly accurate." Manufacturers of laser gun sights boast of an effective accuracy range of up to 300 yards during nighttime conditions.
 Laser technology has grown from its infancy in the 50s to the billion-dollar business it is today. Lasers have found common uses in such places as supermarket check-out lines to scan bar code prices, in hospitals for surgical procedures and even in the home to play compact disc (CD) recordings.
 "Now," stated Campione, "we are seeing this technology in the streets and in the hands of drug dealers and other criminals." Campione cited the recent confiscation of a laser-sighted pistol in a dawn drug raid conducted by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office as an alarming omen for city police.
 "Movies such as 'Cobra,' 'Marked for Death' and 'Predator 2' have made high-tech laser gun sights a status symbol for drug dealers who can easily afford their price tags." Continued Campione, "I believe that Pennsylvania should be the first state in the country to regulate the sale and possession of these light-targeting devices for persons other than law enforcement personnel."
 Campione also introduced legislation which would prohibit the sale or use of "explosive bullets" -- ammunition which explodes on impact through the action of a detonator which is part of the projectile portion of an ammunition cartridge and "incendiary bullets" which have the capability of delivering a fireball projectile with temperatures of up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Both explosive and incendiary bullets would be added to the current state ban (18 Pa.C.S. 6121) on Teflon- coated bullets and armor-piercing ammunition.
 Campione expressed his deep concern for police and citizens alike by calling for laws which would investigate new weapons systems before they become readily available to the public. "Common sense dictates that we must examine these new technologies and how they will affect the public safety. I know that 30,000 police officers and millions of residents statewide would appreciate this safe and sane approach."
 Campione, 35, is a 15-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department and holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Temple University. He is married and the father of a 3-year-old daughter.
 Campione released the following:
 AMEND TITLE 18 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING
 6122. Light Targeting Devices Prohibited.
 a) It is unlawful for any person to possess, use or attempt to use a firearm equipped with a light targeting device while committing or attempting to commit a crime of violence as defined in section 6102 (relating to definitions).
 b) Grading. -- An offense under this section constitutes a felony of the third degree.
 c) It is unlawful for any person to sell, or offer for sale, or to deliver, possess or use any light targeting device which is readily capable of use with a firearm. This section shall not apply to:
 1. The sale, or delivery of items described in section 6122 (relating to definitions) to law enforcement agencies or law enforcement officers.
 2. The possession or use of items described in section 6122 (relating to definitions) by any law enforcement officer.
 d) Grading. -- An offense under subsection (c) constitutes a misdemeanor.
 e) Definition. -- As used in this section the term "light targeting device" shall mean any instrument or device designed, constructed, or altered for use with a firearm or readily capable of use with a firearm, as defined in section 6102, which emits a laser beam or a concentrated beam of light for the purpose of aiming a projectile portion of an ammunition cartridge.
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 /Editors: Additional amendments regarding incendiary and explosive bullets are available from contact upon request./
 /CONTACT: Sgt. Lou Campione, 215-427-1725/ CO: ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: LEG


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