Ban Attaching Guns to Drones

drone-by-don-mccullough

Target: Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

Goal: Make it illegal for users to attach guns to drones. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation of a YouTube video from Connecticut that shows a semi-automatic handgun mounted on a quadrotor drone firing into the woods. Allegedly, the video was recorded by 18-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton, Connecticut, who says he is studying to be an engineer and has other projects similar to the gun-firing drone.

The idea that a person could and would turn this hobby item into a mobile weapon is terrifying, and federal officials have reported an increasing number of problematic situations as drones become more and more popular. Federal officials are figuring out whether or not any aviation or criminal laws were violated.

But if no laws were violated, this creates a pretty big loophole for the average person to use a gun-equipped drone for horrible purposes. We must ensure that this does not become a trend. Urge the Federal Aviation Administration to work with lawmakers to make it illegal for users to attach guns to drones.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Michael Huerta,

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation of a YouTube video from Connecticut that shows a semi-automatic handgun mounted on a quadrotor drone firing into the woods. The idea that a person could and would turn this hobby item into a mobile weapon is terrifying, and although you are figuring out whether or not any aviation or criminal laws were violated, this is a huge problem.

If no laws were violated, this creates a pretty big loophole for the average person to use a gun-equipped drone for horrible purposes. We must ensure that this does not become a trend. I urge you to work with lawmakers to make it illegal for users to attach guns to drones.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Don McCullough

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3 Comments

  1. Brenda Boutin says:

    ban guns and bombs, only a matter of time

  2. Stan Benton says:

    Now if we could just get our government to abandon their murder by drone program, maybe we’d slow the growing hatred of the U.S. by so much of the rest of the world.

  3. Irena Franchi says:

    Ban Attaching Guns to Drones

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