New Anti-Riot Laser Rifle Produces '10-Ft Wall Of Light', Temporary Blindness

December 12, 2011


A new anti-riot laser rifle capable of producing a 3-meter (~10-ft) wall of temporarily-blinding light is set to be tested by British police forces in the coming months. If successful, rioting will become a thing of the past. Just kidding, but anarchy will require specialized eyewear.

Designed by a former Royal Marine Commando, it was originally developed for use against pirates in Somalia.

"The system would give police an intimidating visual deterrent. If you can't look at something you can't attack it."

Being targeted by the beam has been compared to staring into the sun before being forced to turn away.

Although the blinding effect is only temporary part of the trial will see scientists carry out further research on any potential side-effects.

Yeaaaaaaaah, that sounds like the kind of temporary blindness that could lead to permanent blindness. Thanks but no thanks, riot laser. If I go blind it's gonna be from masturbating like nature intended.

Police test for riot laser that can temporarily blind [bbcnews]

Thanks to Peter, who agrees the best way to prevent riots is to not have any professional sports teams.

  • jjogghn

    how can we rise up against the futures corrupt american government with things like this we'll be slaves the the government and there'll be nothing we can do

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

    isn't blinding laser weapons banned by some international convention?

  • Douglas Stuart

    Those that cause *permanent* blindness, yes. But that's in case of war. What I think they need to line up is a case about using a class II laser or higher without proper safe guards. It would be a serious OHSA violation in the US. 

  • TheLonelyBrit

    That won't stop us from making molotovs and throwing it blindly into the oncoming polic now will it? Granted the riots here weren't as bad as they were in say London. In fact London and a few other places in the south of England were the only places where any real damage was done. Up here in the north they weren't riots, they were more like protests. There were only a few people arrested and they were the usual idiots who go to protests to fuck around and try to start a riot no matter what the protest is about in the first place.

  • A whole lot of lawyers just got their Christmas presents.

  • stevebrt

    note to self ,purchase new mirror

  • video or gtfo.

  • no way i want this and the MIB Glasses

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