Laser guns can cause injury

August 7, 2019

The Police today said laser guns are regarded as offensive weapons due to the damage it can cause people.


The force said it intercepted a man who was in possession of laser guns last night in Sham Shui Po and arrested him for possession of offensive weapons.


Speaking at a press conference in the afternoon, Police Organized Crime & Triad Bureau Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah said laser guns could emit a very high level of energy.


“From all our experience during the last two months, our officers have from time to time been attacked by the laser beams, the high energy ones, and some of them have received medical treatment and still (need to be) followed up in hospital.


“It can emit a very high level of energy which can burn paper in a very short period of time.”


Police Public Relations Branch Chief Superintendent Tse Chun-chung added many protesters have used laser guns to target police officers since June.


Mr Tse pointed out that three officers have received medical treatment after protesters shone laser beams at them.


He warned that laser guns can be invasive and called on people to never stare directly into laser beams.


He added that even if the lasers are not strong enough to cause injury, strong light exposure can cause flash blindness.

Back to top