Mobile phone jammers are used for a variety of situations, generally to keep out unwanted cell phone interruptions in public places. And while uppity restaurant-goers may appreciate their hushed meals, the government is more worried about the havoc the devices can create. “While people who use jammers may think they are only silencing disruptive conversations or disabling unwanted GPS capabilities, they could also be preventing a scared teenager from calling 9-1-1, an elderly person from placing an urgent call to a doctor, or a rescue team from homing in on the location of severely injured person. The price for one person’s moment of peace or privacy could be the safety and well-being of others.”

Obviously, these are all very ethical reasons to eliminate the use of mobile phone Bluetooth jammer. But of course, there are opponents, who mainly argue that places like hospitals, airports, and prisons should be able to block signals to prohibit convicts from making unobserved calls. Computer World’s Mike Elgan points to a myriad of examples where dangerous felons have gotten their hands on cell phones and attempted to use them for further illegal activity. For example, one imprisoned Philadelphia gang member was able to organize a rival’s murder using a phone.