Apparently another drone problem exists. Someone must have imagined that people will install weapons on drones and these drones might then fall into the wrong hands and be used for evil.
Thus, Oklahoma Senate Bill 503 was born. This bill will not only make it illegal to manufacture “weaponized” drones, but it will also make you a felon for possessing even a simple one of your own. With the word “weaponized” never defined in the bill, merely experimenting with the idea of responsibly mounting a rifle to an unmanned vehicle for the purpose of clearing out overpopulated feral pigs could cost a person up to five years in the State Penitentiary. As a side note, Oklahoma has such a bad swine problem that legislation has been introduced which would require landowners to kill all captured swine. Could gun fitted drones help end this kind of problem in the future? (For more on feral swine, see HB1068)
The most recent attempt to regulate drones on the federal level comes through H.R. 1385 also known as the Preserving American Privacy Act of 2015. The proposal contains a much needed explicit statement which would bar law enforcement from using a drone without warrant. Unfortunately, even for those vehicles without firearms, this bill also creates a bureaucracy of drone regulations upon private citizens. Under this plan, an individual would be forbidden to fly an armed drone of any kind whatsoever.
Some still believe making it illegal for law abiding citizens to do something will make a problem go away. Has this ever worked before? With drugs? By regulating guns? During alcohol prohibition? Such has never succeeded in the past and will not in the future. Law abiding citizens won’t use drones for evil purposes, and evil people, if they set out to do it, will install guns or other weapons on them regardless of any law.
The thought of someone using a weaponized drone to kill people is a frightening idea, but really, there are numerous ways an evildoer can inflict harm. For years the possibility has existed for a shade tree engineer to build his very own weaponized robot. Imagine the misery which might be inflicted with such. Should we write new laws just in casesomeone might build such a robot and launch an evil attack? The laws would be endless as our paranoia spins out of control.
Further, this is really an attack on the second amendment. A drone fitted with a gun is not only a type of drone, but it is also a type of gun and therefore this is gun control no less so than the banning of “assault weapons.” It is wanted for the same reason they want the ban of high capacity magazines: the government says these are too dangerous to be used by average citizens.
Another reason to stand opposed is because there will be legitimate uses for these kinds of devices, and many of those uses may not be seen for many years. As mentioned, landowners might someday employ this technology to clear out overpopulated animals, but SB 503 will make this impossible.
A ban on gun fitted drones is really an assault on gun rights. If we allow the government to regulate what we do with a gun on our own property, what other ways might they find? Further, we shouldn’t make laws just because someone in the future might do something evil. And lastly, these drones may become a useful tool to landowners in the future. Please stand opposed to this and all other pointless regulations, which in the end, do no good at all.