Is it legal to shoot a drone?

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    I've got drones flying over my property.  Is it legal to shoot one down?  Of course, trajectory permitting in case I miss.  

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    T3PRanch
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    FAA says NO!

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    Darn.  Just pisses me off when they hover over me.  What ever happened to privacy?

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    RidinLou
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    Start filing a complaint with FAA, hoping the drone is of a class to be regulated by them

    Worry them enough and they may look into it.

    It is too bad that there are/were some court precedents on what is "Trespass" using telephoto lenses and apparent none for drones.

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    stoti
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    I bet if you were practicing your casting in your yard and the fishing line and lure got accidentally tangled in the rotor blades it might, unfortunately, bring it down! LOL

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    Hahahaha too funny!!!

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    lbc_PSI
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    In some states the airspace above your property is yours.  Flying through it or over it without your permission is illegal.  File a trespassing complaint with the police.  

    Since drones are considered aircraft by the FAA, the same rules generally apply.  So definitely don't shoot at it.  You probably shouldn't try to blind the drones camera with a laser,either  😉

    Most hobby drones must be flown while in sight of the person operating them.  If you happen to live near an airport, you may be in a no fly zone.  There's a 5 mile radius around any airport.  Drones can't be flown there without filling a flight plan.  

    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-ways-prevent-drones-infringing-privacy/

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/diy-disable-drone/

    https://dronelife.com/2016/11/22/what-to-do-if-a-drone-is-spying-on-you/

     

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    CampFussell
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    Hmmm, wonder what the legalities of buying a cheap drone and flying it up for a meet and greet and accidentally crashing into the offending drone?

     

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    I've got drones flying over my property.  Is it legal to shoot one down?  Of course, trajectory permitting in case I miss.  

    That would be creepy. I hope you find a solution.

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    JimNM
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    Stand in your yard, buck naked and find a reason to bend over or do jumping jacks while the drone is around….  I bet it won't come back :)

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    addertooth
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    Among other things, I fly drones as well.  The FAA rules are clear, shooting at drones is a felony.  They are considered "aircraft", this classification occurred because the FAA wanted to regulate them (specifically Unmanned Arial Vehicle).  Although the inexpensive drones require that you must be close enough to see them directly to fly, the higher scale GPS models can be programmed to fly a "route" and record video while on the way.  Most drones fly 30 minutes or less (some far less).  They are not hard to follow home, as the fastest GPS drones only do about 45 MPH (racing drones can hit over 100 MPH).  I have used one of my drones to follow another drone back to the operator before, so that is a viable option.  Usually, most drone pilots fly to a point, and return back in a relatively straight path.  So observation of a few flights will allow you to figure out what direction the person's launch point (most likely their home) is.  The FAA prohibits flights within 5 miles of an airport, however, if you get permission from a tower, you CAN fly within 5 miles of an airport.  I have an perpetual exception recorded with my local airport, with the limitation I cannot exceed 200 feet above ground level (200 AGL) when I am operating near the airport.  They have this logged in their books.  All drones are now required to have an FAA identifier printed on them, with the license number for the pilot/operator.  

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    edosan
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    Simple math, (-) + (- ) = +

    So, is not legal to shoot a drone (-)

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    Is not legal that a drone invades your privacy (-)

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    So if a Drone invades your privacy, Shoot it! ;)  +

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    sonny
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    what drone ? i never noticed a drone.

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    Elbowgrease
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    I would be shooting it down. Though I have to say that having a fast flying racing drone I can tell you that they are extremely durable. You would really need to hit it in a good spot. Go for the props or something. If you hit n electronic component that would work. But usually the underside/frame of them are made of carbon fiber. If its one of them box store brands or something like the DJI Phantom… all plastic. Those things are the ones who ruined the hobby for the RC world. I say shoot it down. Just keep in mind that if you hit that lipo battery the odds of it going up in flames are just about a for sure thing. At that point you do not want that thing crashing into someone's house as a ball of fire. Another thing to keep in mind is that if it has a camera and odds are good that it will. You could incriminate yourself. Looking into your local laws should clear up some questions. If you go shooting it just be sure to take cover.     

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    JamesD.
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    It’s definitely illegal as many have stated. I’m curious as to why you ask. Is this happening on a regular basis? Are you being watched by a neighbor who may not like air guns or something of the likes? Any idea if it’s the same exact drone if more than once?

    My neighbor has a high end one that has a range of like 6 miles I think he said. Does 45 mph and an unbelievably good camera viewed on a tablet. He let me know it’s his.

    Other than a Federal Agency watching for some reason I’d be inclined to want to stop it from happening if often. Let us know if you find out who’s so curious about your private life. Good luck

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    Thank you for all the replies. 

    It’s a cabin up in the mountain. The airport is about a couple miles as the bird flies. 

    There are conservancy land surrounding me. I can’t tell if it’s the same drone and it’s getting worse.  I have the urge of shooting it down.  It’s just annoying.  

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    I’m also a drone flyer. How low is this thing actually flying relative to your property? These things are basically flying cellphone cameras so it’s hard to get detail unless you’re flying real close.

    It sounds like someone might be monitoring the conservancy or just taking nature photos. I would advise against shooting it unless it’s flying low and endangering you or your family.

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    Brian10956
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    To bad you just can’t jam the radio signal to the drone. Whenever my mother used the blender the TV went crazy try that.

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    Gaberossi
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    It really sucks people abuse the privilege of the airspace. I build and fly model airplanes/RC Airplanes and the drone community has been ruining everything for us. Now our aircraft are considered "drones" to the FAA. Anytime trump is in town(I live in south FL so its a lot) they close the airspace and even modelers cannot fly. been that way for months and people at our club are getting really pissed because events are getting canceled and the field is becoming a dead space. 

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    It’s so quite up in the mountains, before I could see the drone, I could hear it come when it’s flying low.  It would be buzzing along all over the place high and low.  Then it will stop to watch me. I am just itching to use my Huben on it haha.  

    That’s a thought!!  I can just see it now, my wife will think I’m nuts running around the property with a long extension cord and a blender LOL.  

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