Home owner shoots drone flying over his property, out of the air.

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    Apr 16, 2015 3:13 AM GMT
    http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/10234-watch-this-homeowner-shoot-down-a-drone-flying-over-his-property
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    Apr 16, 2015 4:09 AM GMT
    There was a drone with a camera at the last Cal baseball game I went to. Those things are noisy; they need to figure out how to improve the props so they don't make as much noise.
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    Apr 16, 2015 4:26 AM GMT
    awesome
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    Apr 16, 2015 3:04 PM GMT
    Is the law going to be on his side , or will he have to pay for the destroyed drone ?
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    Apr 16, 2015 5:09 PM GMT
    He might also be liable for shooting a gun within the city limits.
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    Apr 16, 2015 6:29 PM GMT
    Just because a drone is in the air, and not touching the ground, does not mean it isn't trespassing if it's spying through your windows.

    Obviously the laws need to be updated to reflect this new technology. Perhaps a 500 or 1000-foot altitude limit for how close a drone can hover over a private property. We know planes can fly over your house, but they're already limited by FAA rules. And satellite imaging likely already has photos of your residence available online, at least the roof and surrounding ground.
  • Svnw688

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    Apr 16, 2015 6:47 PM GMT
    Legally, this guy is in trouble.

    Morally, good for him.
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    Apr 16, 2015 6:54 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidLegally, this guy is in trouble.

    Morally, good for him.

    Well, in potential trouble if the drone owner was other than himself. That appears to be a possibility. In which case he may be charged with filling a false police report.
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    Apr 16, 2015 7:11 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Svnw688 saidLegally, this guy is in trouble.

    Morally, good for him.

    Well, in potential trouble if the drone owner was other than himself. That appears to be a possibility. In which case he may be charged with filling a false police report.


    Civil and money damages aside, California Penal Code 247 makes it a FELONY to shoot at an uninhabited (drone) aircraft punishable by up to 3 years in prison. Provided that the drone could have "carried" a person. Open question, I don't know how big the drone was.

    But conviction or not, that's trouble

    UPDATE: You could also maybe get him for negligent discharge 246.3. Or 245(a)(2) assault, since he was running around the house and KNEW that the remote operator was in line of sight.

    It's not a smart idea to shoot guns in neighborhoods, film it, and admit to it on camera. Fundraiser or not.
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    Apr 16, 2015 8:39 PM GMT
    Svnw688 said
    Art_Deco said
    Svnw688 saidLegally, this guy is in trouble.

    Morally, good for him.

    Well, in potential trouble if the drone owner was other than himself. That appears to be a possibility. In which case he may be charged with filling a false police report.

    Civil and money damages aside, California Penal Code 247 makes it a FELONY to shoot at an uninhabited (drone) aircraft punishable by up to 3 years in prison. Provided that the drone could have "carried" a person. Open question, I don't know how big the drone was.

    But conviction or not, that's trouble

    UPDATE: You could also maybe get him for negligent discharge 246.3. Or 245(a)(2) assault, since he was running around the house and KNEW that the remote operator was in line of sight.

    It's not a smart idea to shoot guns in neighborhoods, film it, and admit to it on camera. Fundraiser or not.

    Well, let me ask you this: if I find a drone flying outside my patio, and think it's being a Peeping Tom on me with a lens I can see, can I swat it down with my hand?

    Or do I just have to sit there, and smile for the camera? In the privacy of my home?
  • Svnw688

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    Apr 22, 2015 11:21 PM GMT
    @ArtDeco

    Oh I reckon you can swat it down with your hand, or a brick, or any other object. The real issue and rub here is the use of a firearm, which are in almost every jurisdiction, specially and heavily regulated.

    You can serve time in Florida for just shooting a "warning" shot into the air. Best practices? Be (or claim to be) in fear of your life or serious bodily injury (SBI) before you discharge a firearm (outside of a firing range, etc.). Period.