"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Sunday, October 11, 2015

“it is never okay to shoot at a drone, shoot down a drone​,​ or otherwise damage, destroy​ or disable ​a drone, ​or attempt to ​do so. ​Doing so is a federal crime.​” Peter Sachs, a Connecticut attorney and publisher of Drone Law Journal

According to this article , the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that drones are considered aircraft's, and are subject to FAA regulations. All the same, whether it is a 777 or a tiny drone. 
"(a) Whoever willfully—
(1) sets fire to, damages, destroys, disables, or wrecks any aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States or any civil aircraft used, operated, or employed in interstate, overseas, or foreign air commerce;
...shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years or both."
You can buy your very own drone for as low as $56.99 on Amazon.  Kinda gives Live Free or Die a whole new perspective. 

1 comment:

Joseph Cormier said...

HeYYYYY!

I already bought one, and should be getting my $69 drone in the mail by next week!

Bought it for the annual town meeting; should get some great shots above the stage. Also, looking at areas over the lake would be great as well.

Lawyers getting involved can always be fun.

Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones
By Gary Wickert | July 2, 2015

http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2015/07/02/264216.htm

"The right of a landowner to control the low-altitude space immediately over his private property appears to be in conflict with the right of a drone owner to operate a drone in the same airspace."


"In addition to FAA rules, state and local governments are scrambling to pass ordinances governing the use of drones. While the FAA has exclusive jurisdiction to regulate the airspace above 500 feet, states can also regulate the airspace at lower altitudes. At least 43 states have pending legislation to regulate drone use."


"California passed a law last year prohibiting anybody using a drone from taking a picture of a person who has an “expectation of privacy.” Colorado prohibits drones from being used in aiding hunters. Montana law limits the admissibility of evidence in a civil or criminal legal proceeding if it was obtained using UAVs. Tennessee makes it a misdemeanor to use drone-captured video footage of a hunter or angler without their consent. Texas passed an omnibus bill that identifies 19 lawful uses for drones – a bill criticized by some as opening the door for police abuse. In Wisconsin, weaponizing a drone is a felony and law enforcement must obtain a warrant before using one to collect evidence."

Atty. Sachs
http://dronelawjournal.com/

http://www.dronedemocracy.com/?gclid=CJii3vz5u8gCFVcRHwodVMYAFQ


FAA

https://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/

https://www.faa.gov/uas/faq/


And drones used to be defined as:

"A drone is someone who follows an ideology or some other form of idealization blindlessly and uncritically " As mentioned prior .. town meeting!