What happens if you see a drone hovering over your backyard? What if your kids are playing in the back yard and you’re worried someone is using the drone to film your kids?
In the case of 28-year-old Stephen Loosey of Norfork, you shoot it down.
“Loosey stated that he shot the drone down because the drone flew over their property and he did not know if it was recording his children,” Deputy Craig Gates wrote in his report. “Loosey stated that he and his children were outside when he saw the drone flying from the lake. The drone at one point hovered over the trampoline, which is when he got out his rifle and shot it down.”
“It’s probably best to be careful where you fly a drone,” said Capt. Jeff Lewis of the BCSO. “You certainly don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy, and if you have intent to invade someone’s privacy, that’s illegal and subject to criminal penalty.”
Lewis went on to say, “If you happen to see a drone hovering around your back yard, it’s likely not a good idea to grab a shotgun and blow it out of the sky, tempting though it might be.”
And there you have it – and there it might rest except for Forbes reporter John Goglia who wrote “Today the FAA in response to my questioning confirmed that shooting down a drone is a federal crime and cited 18 USC 32. That statute makes it a felony to damage or destroy an aircraft.”
Goglia went on to say “The question I have not been able to get an answer to — despite repeated calls and emails to the FBI and the Department of Justice — is when the United States will federally prosecute someone for shooting down a drone.”
One would assume that if someone had shot a plane out of the sky there would be a prompt response.
If the name seems familiar it’s because John Goglia is also the guy who got the FAA to admit that the drone registry was public record and open to anyone…
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