The Right To Bear Drones?
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  • Offhand, I can already see:

    (1) my municipal water company snooping to see if anyone is watering on even, odd, or politically-incorrect days;

    (2) entrepreneurial Moriartys casing whole subdivisions for houses to burgle;

    (3) my home security company videotaping the same burglars in the act, and getting a solid conviction;

    (4) robo-stalking;

    (5) a resurgence in American marksmanship as we all eagerly take up the game of Pot the Drone, complete with confirmed kills decals for our car doors; and

    (6) litigation from sea to photo-surveilled shining sea.

    Laissez les bons temps rouler.

  • Robert

    Would-be deployers of drones should keep foremost in mind The Primary Rule of Drones: First, establish air superiority.

    There’s a lot of shotguns out there in the land.

  • Corlyss

    Does the proliferation of these things threaten commercial air traffic?

  • Some Sock Puppet

    Oh, this is a police state’s [happy fantasy].

    I’m not going to be very friendly to any I detect on my property or close enough to harass. This nanny-state BS needs to stop. Everyone needs to go back to minding their ********* business.

  • Sapper Squid

    Drones wouldn’t be allowed to do anything public use manned aircraft don’t already do. I don’t understand why everybody gets paranoid when you take the same capability that already exists, and package it so the operator is sitting in a ground shelter instead of a cockpit. This law doesn’t allow the government to change the rules that govern actual surveillance technqiues used and the early implementations are for light vehicles, likely used by first repsponders during emergency situtations.

  • AdamH


    Unlikely. A greater concern is what their interaction will be with small General Aviation (GA) aircraft. Currently drones don’t have the capability to see and avoid light GA planes, and they fly a low altitudes. This is the same airspace that these GA airplanes extensively use. Integrating drones in the national airspace system will be a challenge.

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