US Drone Shooting Law May Rest On New Jersey Man Who Just Shotgunned Neighbor's Drone Out Of The Sky

October 6, 2014


Picture related: guy just itching to shoot drones.

Law experts say the legality of future drone-shootings may rest on the case of a New Jersey man who just shotgunned his neighbor's aerial drone down on his property. God willing, he dumped the broken pieces on the dude's doorstep and punched him in the face. YOU TRYING TO CATCH ME SUNBATHING NAKED, PERVERT?!

Police arrested the New Jersey man, charging him with "Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Criminal Mischief". In this case, courts might find that, by firing the shotgun at the drone, the man is guilty of destruction of property. The use of force is often only legally permissible to prevent a physical threat, and a wandering drone, like a trespassing cow, is inconvenient but not an imminent danger.

Courts might rule that a trespass by drone is unlike a trespass by a pet. Drones can carry cameras, so a drone flying into a backyard isn't just trespassing, it's a threat to privacy. It's also possible to put a weapon on a small drone and attack someone, even if it hasn't happened yet. If a person shot down a drone because they believed themselves to be in danger (or actually were in danger; state laws differ), and not just because it was annoying them, then it's possible that self-defense is a valid justification.

So, what are your thoughts on drone shooting? I saw if it's on your property, blast away. Or if it's clearly NEARING your property and you believe it has the INTENT to trespass. Actually, I say if you see one anywhere, just shoot it. Even at the store.

Thanks to Arrogant Tiger and TonyPepparoni, who are both advocates of pro drone-shooting legislation.

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