Viral Video Prompts Drone Safety Push

A video of a gun attached to a drone and firing has put renewed emphasis on drone safety.

The video was uploaded to youtube by 18 year old Austin Haughwout and has already been viewed over 3 million times. It was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make drones fire guns or drop bombs and everyone knows it.

Inn Connecticut, for example, a state Senate bill was unanimously passed this year that would effectively outlaw the use of fire arms on drone, either by the general public or by the police. Time ran out in the legislative session before the bill could be passed but it’s on the top of the “Must get to immediately” list when the new session starts up again in February.

Part of what’s ironic is that the Connecticut police chief Anthony Salvatore has been studying the issue for 2 years now. While they were studying the issue Austin Haughwout was building one.

While the video has had everyone up in arms (pun intended), it was determined the Austin hadn’t actually broken any laws which is, in itself, a big reason why we need to put some laws in place before it’s too late.

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