Arming your drone is legal according to the Feds

…The FAA is currently asking a court in Connecticut to compel Austin Haughwout, a teenager in Connecticut who put a gun and a flamethrower on his homemade drones, to comply with a subpoena that would give them more information about his armed drones. The FAA has not formally accused Haughwout of any wrongdoing.

Jim Williams, the former head of the FAA’s drone office between 2012 and mid 2015, told me that’s because it’s likely he hasn’t done anything wrong. In fact, while he was with the FAA, his team was unable to find any statute that would have allowed them to pursue a legal case against Haughwout or any other pilots who modify their drones to shoot guns…

In December 2015, the FAA’s Office of the Chief Counsel put out a fact sheet for state and local legislators that noted that “prohibitions on attaching firearms or similar weapons to UAS” are “laws [that] are traditionally related to state and local police power.” Williams says that Congress hasn’t given the FAA authorization to specifically prohibit armed drones

Anyone think Congress is up to useful legislation on armed anything?

One thought on “Arming your drone is legal according to the Feds

  1. WCPGW says:

    “Elon Musk has now sold over $4 million worth of flamethrowers” https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/29/16944432/elon-musk-flamethrower-the-boring-company
    The U.S. National Firearms Act defines a firearm as a weapon that expels a projectile by the action of an explosive, which a flamethrower does not, so private ownership of a flamethrower is not restricted by federal law. Flamethrowers are legal in 48 states and restricted in California and Maryland. As of 6/13/16: Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, and Wisconsin have passed drone legislation that contains at least some limits on armed drones. There is no federal regulation against owning an armed drone.

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