The difference HAS to be that HMG derive an income from alcohol before it is sold (duty) and derive an income from "class X" drugs after it is sold (fines).
And no, lasers and security in nightclubs do not mix for all the reasons above. I recall, in other posts, we spoke of the accident potential thing, so waving a laser about, no matter if it is sanctioned, is a recipe for disaster.
Plus, as has been alluded to already, some security guards might not unjustly be labelled feeble minded.
How long does it take, anyway, to illuminate a dodgy character bopping around in a possibly chemical induced frenzy? How long would it take for some other bright sparks to bring their own lasers (as mentioned above) and start illuminating everyone, just for "badness"?
An utterly, utterly impracticable idea open to abuse at every turn.
(As for weapons in bars/hotels, not so farfetched...I have seen that in the then Rhodesia, women with a little .38 stuck in the top of their skirts' waistband, even in the supermarket, and stacks of FN SLRs in the hotel bars/saloons....while their owners got steadily more and more lashed. If anything kicked off there...)
This post has been edited by ramdram: 30 January 2012 - 05:20 PM