Is a mobile phone jammer a legitimate electronic device?

Not only is U.S. law prohibiting the purchase, sale, wearing, or possession of cell phone jammers, but Craigslist ads have also been published, stating that you are selling cell phone jammers. If you are subject to human interference, you may face a fine of up to $11,000 and up to one year in prison.

The ban on cell phone jammers is not new. In fact, this is the moldy old communication law of 1934, which prohibits interference with any commercial radio communication, not only before the jammer, but also before the mobile phone.

Mobile phone interference laws vary globally. For example, in the UK and Japan, anyone can own a portable jammer as long as it does not use a jammer. Dozens of countries including Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey and other countries allow police or prison officials to use jammers.

Schools in China and India use jammers to stop fraudsters. Mexico allows the use of jammers in churches and hospitals. Pakistan allows intervention in banks and libraries.

Most countries, including the United States, use jammers to prevent cell phone bomb attacks against government leaders. When President Obama walked along Pennsylvania Avenue after taking office, all mobile phones in the area were blocked. The US military used jamming mechanisms to stop Iraq’s roadside bomb attacks.

In fact, the strict US interference law applies to everyone except government officials. This raises a question: Is that correct?

American prisons want to use jammers. The same is true of the police and, despite this, many movie theaters, restaurants and other companies are doing the same. Some people also want to use jammers. Who decides that cell phone jammers can only trust federal officials?

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