I'm interested in purchasing a laser source for some product development as a side project, however I understand lasers are a touchy subject.
So, what are some proper avenues to pursue when attempting to purchase a laser either domestically or from a foreign supplier?
Alternatively, can any directly provide information on what regulations and procedures are in place when trying to purchase a laser source in the U.S.?
I live in Washington state and I'm potentially looking at about a 10W laser (20W max!) for the project.