Senator Feinstein: "It should be a crime for a private individual to arm a drone."

I agree! From The Verge:

In today's Senate drone hearing, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) got personal, describing a rally held outside her home earlier this year. "I went to the window to peek out, and there was a drone right there looking in. Obviously the drone's pilot was surprised, because the drone wheeled around and crashed," she told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. "What kind of camera was on the drone? What kind of microphone? Could an enterprising person have attached a firearm to it?"

The hearing mostly concerned with the FAA's roadmap for regulating civilian drone use, spurred on by Amazon's recent announcement of a drone delivery program. But Senator Feinstein used her time to specifically speak out specifically against the prospect of private citizens equipping drones with deadly force, potentially opening the door for a new legislative avenue regulating the unmanned crafts. "We should not allow armed drones in the United States, period," the Senator told the committee. "It should be a crime for a private individual to arm a drone."

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Comment by Harry on January 16, 2014 at 1:05am

Go ahead and arm one and fly it in a crowded place and some prosecutor will find a few laws that already exist.  I think it should be a crime to elect dingbats like her.

Comment by Brian on January 16, 2014 at 1:28am

I agree with Harry we have elected a bunch of ignorant rich people into office. I would like to think that the people leading this country are smarter than I but I see stuff almost daily that proves different. 

Comment by Hugues on January 16, 2014 at 1:54am

And they forgot to propose a law to ban drones from picking up your pets too. This could be a serious problem.

Comment by Jesse on January 16, 2014 at 2:00am

This pretty much goes without saying. That's the same as saying "committing a crime with a drone should be made illegal". They need to spend their time better.

Comment by wayne garris on January 16, 2014 at 2:09am
"Private individual" how about anyone?
Comment by Quadzimodo on January 16, 2014 at 2:24am
Nothing new here. Just near sighted drivel aimed at pandering to the ignorant masses.

I know it would be nice to have a senator stand up and point out the long list of existing laws capable of preventing such things from occurring, but there simply seems to be little milage in taking such a sensible and well reasoned approach to this incredibly polarising issue.
Comment by ECODRONES on January 16, 2014 at 4:13am


Any car could be (and really are) used to attach bombs.

So let's
ban them from use on the streets!

Comment by Daniel on January 16, 2014 at 5:36am

It should be a crime for a private individual to arm anything. Himself included.

Comment by Tyrell John on January 16, 2014 at 6:09am

If anything, its dangerous hazard to even attempt attaching a gun to a drone.


Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 16, 2014 at 6:50am

I dunno, I actually agree with her.  Let's make it ABSOLUTELY clear that this is illegal.  We have already seen evidence on Youtube that some people haven't figured it out yet.

This seems like it would be a completely reasonable law to me.  I'm all for the creation of reasonable laws.  It's the only way to avoid the creation of unreasonable laws in a knee-jerk reaction to an incident.


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