a drone flying near the Virginia home of actor Robert Duvall was shot down by a shotgun-wielding neighbor when the craft veered onto her property
I love the merkan solution... If it moves Shoot it.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun enforcement of new rules covering the commercial use of drones. The FAA says that the "Part 107" [PDF] requirements have been designed to allow businesses to fly small drones for light operations such as recording video or aerial photography. Announced in June of this …
I won't say exactly where I am, other than to note that it's not very far from where drones are manufactured.
I own a shotgun and four rifles (plus three handguns, but I'm only mentioning it for effect), all of which are capable of shootin' them expletive-deleteds out of the sky should said drone-maker decide to do any product testing over my land. And I will not hesitate.
We also have our share of UFOs around here, but the dang things move too fast.
I dearly hope that all those folks with rifles and an eye toward defending their suburban airspace remember that every miss is a rifle bullet going a couple thousand feet per second landing _somewhere_ and that somewhere probably has relatively innocent people in it. Best to stick to the shotguns.
You know, there's probably a marketing opportunity here for drone bullets. These would be light weight, low ballistic coefficient, fragmenting bullets designed to safely destroy a low altitude drone, but without the chance of collateral damage if the drone were missed (e.g., That old "what goes up must come down" thing.). For an added benefit, there could even be a tracer version.
Some regulation is definitely needed especially with the lager commercial drones, though I doubt it will do any good. Between over enthusiastic idiots buzzing airports, the criminally insane, basic home grown whack jobs or terrorists etc it's not IF a drone will cause bloody mayhem but WHEN. With a semi-pro drone costing under £5k being capable of carrying 3-4 kilos of payload plus a camera the possibilities for an atrocity are truly terrifying.