Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of Public Act 097-0153
Illinois General Assembly

Previous General Assemblies

Public Act 097-0153





Public Act 097-0153
HB0167 EnrolledLRB097 02893 RLC 42917 b

    AN ACT concerning criminal law.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Criminal Code of 1961 is amended by changing
the heading of Article 24.6 and Section 24.6-5 and by adding
Section 24.6-25 as follows:
    (720 ILCS 5/Art. 24.6 heading)

    (720 ILCS 5/24.6-5)
    Sec. 24.6-5. Definitions. In this Article:
    "Aircraft" means any contrivance now known or hereafter
invented, used, or designed for navigation of or flight in the
air, but excluding parachutes.
    "Laser" means both of the following:
        (1) any device that utilizes the natural oscillations
    of atoms or molecules between energy levels for generating
    coherent electromagnetic radiation in the ultraviolet,
    visible, or infrared region of the spectrum and when
    discharged exceeds one milliwatt continuous wave;
        (2) any device designed or used to amplify
    electromagnetic radiation by simulated emission that is
    visible to the human eye.
    "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
(Source: P.A. 91-252, eff. 1-1-00.)
    (720 ILCS 5/24.6-25 new)
    Sec. 24.6-25. Discharging a laser at an aircraft.
    (a) A person commits discharging a laser at an aircraft
when he or she intentionally or knowingly aims and discharges a
laser or other device that creates visible light into the
cockpit of an aircraft that is in the process of taking off,
landing, or is in flight.
    (b) Exceptions. This Section does not apply to the
following individuals who aim and discharge a laser or other
device at an aircraft:
        (1) an authorized individual in the conduct of research
    and development or flight test operations conducted by an
    aircraft manufacturer, the Federal Aviation
    Administration, or any other person authorized by the
    Federal Aviation Administration to conduct such research
    and development or flight test operations; or
        (2) members or elements of the Department of Defense or
    Department of Homeland Security acting in an official
    capacity for the purpose of research, development,
    operations, testing, or training.
    (c) Sentence. Discharging a laser at an aircraft is a Class
A misdemeanor.

Effective Date: 1/1/2012