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Ocean City Passes Emergency Ban On Sale Of Laser Pointers And Switchblades

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Town leaders in Ocean City are banning the sale and possession of switchblades and laser pointers in the resort before the summer tourism season kicks off.
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Town leaders in Ocean City are banning the sale and possession of switchblades and laser pointers in the resort before the summer tourism season kicks off.

Ocean City officials have banned the sale and possession of switchblades and laser pointers in the resort just days before Memorial Day weekend.

An outsider may look at the unanimous city council vote to enact emergency legislation banning knives and laser pointers in Ocean City as a swift move to counter a major problem. But a closer look will reveal that its really more a timing thing.

With Memorial Day weekend just days away, the City Council used the “effective immediately approach” that an emergency ordinance vote provides rather than go through the usual process of two scheduled public readings and discussion about the proposed law which can often take weeks.

"In the past, the council has opted for emergency ordinances to pass through a last minute ban on the synthetic drug Salvia...as well as regulate the explosion of scooter businesses in the resort.

City officials say this move is no different and is part of a larger strategy that includes Boardwalk surveillance cameras and no profanity signs that they hope will send a strong message to tourists that the town is safer than ever and committed to preserving a family friendly atmosphere.

Anyone caught selling or possessing a knife or a laser pointer in Ocean City could face a fine of up to a $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

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