Connecticut’s Public Safety and Security Committee determined to take no motion on proposed invoice HB- 7260, which might have allowed regulation enforcement to make use of weaponized drones.
The invoice was initially designed as a response to a Connecticut teen’s YouTube movies displaying drones that he geared up with a flamethrower and a handgun. (The teen and his father are at present in court docket with the FAA over the incident.) The invoice criminalized weaponized drones, established two misdemeanor levels of “reckless endangerment with a drone” and prolonged voyeurism legal guidelines to drone use.
The proposed exception from the weaponization ban for regulation enforcement led the general public and the media to characterize the invoice fully as one permitting police to make use of weaponized drones. Had the invoice handed, CT would have develop into the primary state within the US to permit the police to make the most of weaponized drones, though North Dakota does enable non-lethal weaponized drones.
The invoice additionally prompted criticism from drone advocates. The trade has struggled to assist inform native drone legal guidelines, which might create important obstacles for industrial operators.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut applauded the defeat of the invoice, on the premise that the invoice didn’t outline limitations about using digital camera drones to seize proof that is likely to be utilized in court docket.
“Today, the legislature sent a loud and clear message that Connecticut does not need and will not accept police equipping drones with weapons,” stated David McGuire, govt director of the ACLU of Connecticut. “The defeat of this police drone weaponization proposal is a victory for public safety and civil rights.”
“Connecticut does not need police wielding flying weapons in our towns and communities.”