A family in Kentucky was minding their own business when a drone, flown by a neighbor, hovered over their property while his teenage daughter was in the backyard sunbathing. The daughter thought it was more than a little creepy to have a drone checking her out, so she ran into the house and told her dad. Her dad went outside, and sure enough, there it was. This dad did what most people probably think a dad should do, he grabbed his shotgun and blew the drone out of the sky.
Apparently, in Bullett County, Kentucky being a good dad and protecting your daughter isn’t an American value. Police showed up and arrested the father for firing a weapon in the city limits.
As you heard on the news report, dad said four men tried to confront him after he shot the drone out of the sky. They backed off when he reminded them that he was carrying a firearm – legally – and they needed to stay off his property.
The men backed off, but they called the police who showed up and arrested dad for “wanton endangerment in the first degree.”
The question comes down to whether or not we have property rights. In the matter of criminal proceedings, our hero dad said, “Our rights are being trampled daily. Not only on a local level — but on a state and federal level. We need to have some laws in place to handle these kind of things.”
A Bullett County Kentucky judge agreed with him.
“I think it’s credible testimony that his drone was hovering from anywhere, for two or three times over these people’s property, that it was an invasion of their privacy and that they had the right to shoot this drone,” said the judge as she dismissed the case.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the drone owner has filed suit in federal court against our dad and that case is still pending.
Since the original drone shooting the FAA has become much more involved in looking at personally owned drones and they are now required to be registered with the FAA. It will be interesting to see how many people with personal drones actually register them with the FAA.
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