In the news of late, there has been a lot of talk about drone’s and privacy concerns.It has gone as far as a man shooting down a drone he perceived that was spying on his teenage daughter and her friends in his backyard.The person that owned the drone call the police, and they charge the homeowner with firing a gun within city limits.Later after a court date, the judge said he was within his rights when he took out the $1,800 unmanned aircraft.Here is my humble opinion “IF” I had seen a drone hovering near or close to my teenage daughter in my backyard Damm right I would and will take it out.Now supposedly the drone owner was just flying the past the property owner’s back yard claiming he was 200 feet above the ground. Now’s here where it gets a little sticky if the gun the property owner was a using was a shotgun and he was using bird shot. A French ballistics expert, General Journee, years ago worked out a formula to the effect that the maximum range of yards equals 2200 times the shot diameter in inches. When the gun is held in a horizontal position or only slightly elevated, this formula gives the maximum range of shot sizes as shown below.
No. 2 – 330 yards
No. 4 – 286 yards
No. 6 – 242 yards
No. 7 1/2- 209 yards
No. 8 – 198 yards So as you can see if the drone owner was flying past and not hovering the chances are the property owner may have hit it and damaged it but not have taken it down.Another point is the drone owner was not in eyesight of his drone that in most states is illegal.
The drone owner not happy with the local judge’s call has filed in federal court which is going to force The Supreme Court to addressed the issue and The Supreme Court hasn’t addressed the issue since 1946 when it ruled that a North Carolina farmer could assert property rights up to 83 feet in the air – and win compensation for military aircraft that were flying so low they were disturbing his cows and chickens.This is a perfect example of how far the laws are behind of technology with the prices of drones and the sheer number of available models the homeowner’s right to privacy and the federal government’s exclusive sovereignty rights to the skies needs to have some sort of guidelines.Some state’s are out ahead of the Feds on this State and local governments also are moving swiftly to regulate drones, despite the FAA’s claim to sole authority over aircraft operations. Last year, 45 states considered 168 bills to regulate them, and 26 states enacted new laws.In the Kentucky General Assembly, at least, two bills are pending, including one filed by Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, HB 120, that would prohibit the use of drones for harassment, voyeurism or to aid burglaries.