Should your weird neighbor be allowed to mount a handgun on a drone and fly that drone around, firing the gun from midair via remote control? No, probably not. But there’s not much that you can do to stop him from launching his Glock-drone into the sky. The FAA does not specifically prohibit private citizens from owning and operating weaponized drones, and most states have not yet passed laws that would ban them. This is sort of scary, sure, but what can I say? It’s 2016 in America.
If you purchased a drone after December 21, 2016, you have no choice but to register. To date, almost 200,000 early adopters have registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as drone owners. The disclosure was made at a CES press conference where Michael Huerta, acting on behalf of the Administration, announced that “about 181,000″ applicants had registered, a spike of over 150% from the previous month. The full transcript of Mr. Huerta’s speech may be found on the FAA website.
William Merideth had just finished grilling dinner for his family when he saw a drone hovering over his land. So he did what he said any Kentuckian would do — he grabbed his Benelli M1 Super 90 shotgun, took aim and unleashed three rounds of birdshot.