Lawmaker Wants to Okay People Shooting Down Trespassing Drones

OLD BETHPAGE, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York on September 5, 2015.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to pass legislation that would protect people from lawsuits who shoot down or otherwise disable drones that fly over their property. Local station KTUL cited Republican State Senator Ralph Shortey as saying, "It doesn't matter how you damage that thing. As a private citizen, you have a reasonable expectation of privacy above your property where the public does not have access and that is under 400 feet." However, the bill is opposed by the chairman of the state governor's Unmanned Aerial Systems Council, Stephen McKeever, who said drones are classified as aircraft and it's against federal law to shoot down an aircraft. Drone operators say they worry that allowing drone shoot-downs could lead to a bystander getting shot. The bill is headed for a vote in the Oklahoma Senate sometime this month.

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