Is it legal to shoot a drone?

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    fishinwrench
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    Why is it "allegedly" illegal to bring one down?  

    If the reason is: Destruction of someone's property, and they (whoever THEY is) have video evidence of you bringing the drone down, then just say that you thought it was a problematic starling that has been pooping on your car, and apologize.   But do not answer any questions until you know there is video evidence.

    The worst that could happen is that you will be ordered to pay restitution (cost of the drone) if the owner can produce a reciept and all of the necessary registration papers.  The judge will also order the "plaintiff" to keep his drone away from you in the future.  

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    Scrufhunter
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    I've had the crack heads a few blocks over flying one over the house. Something I noticed is that drone will hover over a house, then a few days later the police are investigating home robberies.  I've been researching an emp cannon and seen plans for a microwave cannon. Uses 3 microwaves and a stun gun. They do make "drone guns" or radio wave guns. It disrupts the radio control and it drops from the air. If it falls on your property then I suppose you can do whatever you want with it

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    Brian10956
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    During WWll the British would send up tethered balloons which had ropes dangling from them with the hope that the German planes would be disabled when the propellers became tangled up. 

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    ptthere
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    Back in the day, we called them RC aircraft. It was a hobby. The FAA ruined it by making it their business. We used to fly 1:3 scale Piper Cubs around in a half-mile radius with 6-channel analog controllers and nobody gave a rat's ass. Now in 2019, I find a 18" diameter "drone" with GPS and a 4K camera on it for $200, and the FAA tells me that I need to pay $75 and stamp it with numbers like it is a freaking commuter flight.

    Wait till it starts to fly away when the camera is not pointed at you and shoot some 00-buck through it's ass. When it doesn't go "return to sender," they should get the hint unless they are allergic to money.

    No drones were hurt in the process of this post.

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    jfrench64
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    I just watched a thing on tv about a new shotgun round that shoots a net to capture drones .

    I'm guessing not available to public thow .

    I would  Accidentally shoot it down ….

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    frank320
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    It is a Federal Crime to shoot down a drone. Carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in a federal penitentiary. Any form of drone jamming device is also a Federal violation.

    https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/88696-before-you-pull-the-trigger-the-legal-implications-of-shooting-down-a-drone

    Other than above federal violations, there are other concerns too, like what if after a shot, the drone crash lands on someone's head and kills him/her? Most drones have live and recorded video feeds, with GPS tracking – you are just plain looking for trouble with mountains of evidence against you if you shoot at any drone.

    Is taking down any drone worth the above federal violations and risk? 

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    Str8tshooter
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    If the conservatory property is federal forest land, I would check and see if it is legal to fly over with a drone? My neighbor contacted the police about another neighbor flying his drone close to her property and the police told her to buy a jammer which is funny because they are illegal.  

     

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    CampFussell
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    Time to invest in a good Ghillie Suit?

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    Instigator
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    Hahaha OMG now I’ve heard it all haha!

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    Maineiac
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    LOL – be careful because most modern drones use cell phones and tablets as the screen for the video feed and there will be a record on the device of the flight plan and any recordings even if you destroy the drone itself.

    The best option I’ve read so far is to follow it back to its takeoff point and have a conversation with the owner.

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    That’s a good idea.  I hope I can run as fast LOL.

    Those suckers are quick.  I can’t believe how agile they are, just amazes me.  

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    John_in_Ma
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    Living next to a military base drones aren't a problem here but I sure would be tempted to remove one from the sky were it a repeat invader.

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    lbc_PSI
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    So if you're a couple mile from an airport, a flight plan should have been logged.  You might be able to contact the airport and get the name/address of the drone pilot.  If no flight plan was filed, the folks at the airport would probably be real interested and might do the work of taking care of the drone for you.  

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    Well, good to know it’s a felony to shoot a drone (thanks to all of you) as lbc_PSI stated, I will call the airport on Monday.  I’ll let you know what I find out.   

    Scufhunter, now you got me all nervous if someone is trying to snoop around the area.  I have to keep a close watch.

    Does the drone’s camera swivel or will the drone itself swivel to point the camera?

     

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    Scrufhunter
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    I guess I lucked out how my property is laid out. Trees low canopy, utility poles/wire and my porch/low roof line they would have to get that thing threw a relatively small vertical opening and get below 8ft to look threw my Windows, I think if I took it down the police wouldn't do much. I know who's flying it and have a pretty good idea why. It has a Damn monster energy sticker on the side of it…the people at that house and a few of their friends in the hood know I have cameras and they go a cross the street hide their faces when they walk past my house…..so there are some small things you can do to minimize potential spying and snooping. When we moved in I planted BlackBerry, poison ivy, rose bushes and stinging needles along the perimeter ,in front of Windows, ivy is a vine does well on fences, and having 3 man sized dogs help. 

    Dig a 4×4 trench 2 ft from the interior side of your fence and plant black berry cactus any nasty dense thing with throne, if they get over your 6 ft fence they will have a nice 10ft fall into the nasties and have some large angry dogs to deal with while trying to climb out of the nasty

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    Scrufhunter
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    Oh the camera is fixed, they have to rotate the drone.  

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    OMG, you do have a fortress!!  I will keep it mind.  Good to know about the camera. 

    Thanks everyone and for those that posted the links, very informative read.  

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    JamesD.
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    WOW!!!   Thank you for the link JamesD.!

     

    Update:

    I called and spoke to the manager of the airport.  He said they only keep logs for commercial drones.  He said most likely it could be hoobiest or kids flying the drones.  They definitely do have to register them.  

     

    Don’t quote me on this because he told a million things about drones.  He said when the FAA took over, they mandated that all the newer drones will have to have a software built into the guidance system so they cannot fly into restricted airspace.  It could also be the older drones flying.  

     

    In other words, tuff luck.  Oh well….

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    oldspook
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    Most drones operate on 2.4 GHZ, some on 5.8 or 5.4.  Mine operates on 2.4 as it is a cheap one.  Near my house there is an omni-directional antenna hooked to a 2.4 GHZ WIFI access point.  That access point services a marina.  I have learned the hard way that flying my drone anywhere near that access point is certain to cause the drone to crash because the access point produces a stronger signal than my drone controller.  It would be hard to prove that  your drone fell out of the sky because some guy was operating a jammer which blocked you controller's ability to talk to your drone… so …  If; for example, you had an access point (WIFI router) in your garage and you used it to stream a youtube video to your phone every time you saw a drone in your yard, you would be 100% legal *BECAUSE* you were using the WIFI as a legitimate service (watching a video).  It would be incidental if it took the drone down.  It might take you a couple of tries to figure out which channel the drone was using …  We wont discuss what might happen if you were to figure out what drone he had and get a controller for it.

    — these are the fruits of a misspent youth in the military intelligence community …  fly deadly

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