Skip to comments.Texas Legislature weighs drone photography bill
Posted on 02/09/2013 11:30:28 AM PST by Stegall Tx
SAN ANTONIO -
Texas lawmakers will eventually have to figure out how to regulate drones, if at all.
The unmanned aircraft, until recently most associated with larger, Air Force piloted models, have become much cheaper and much smaller in recent years.
A simple search on Google Shopping returns dozens of results on where to buy drones, many under $300 with cameras already attached.
Conceivably, those drones could be flown above homes, even used to take pictures.
Texas does have laws that address improper photography, which ban photos from being taken without consent for the sexual gratification of the photographer. That still leaves wiggle room in what drones can legally photograph.
A Texas House Bill introduced last week would outlaw any drone from taking photos without consent by individuals or law enforcement.
There are a few exceptions, including the legitimate use of a search or arrest warrant and for border patrol operations.
Read the full bill here.
A total waste of time. Anyone other than a voyeuristic neighbor who uses a camera drone (for example paparazi looking for nekkid pics of celebrities) won’t think twice at abandoning a $300 drone that sends it’s video back in real-time.
Banning is one thing, actually catching someone using them is another.
I am however, very worried about something like this being set up over each of our cities:
Yeah, drones should be banned for use by everyone including all government entities and shooting them down should be universally legal.
Same as with the Spotty toats, piddle fish and lizards, shoot, shovel and shutup.
Anyone who does not understand the connection between the use of these drones and the loss of there Privacy/Freedom——Please Log off FR.
Maybe I’ll buy a drone. Won’t need the camera though...just an icepick and some duct tape.
Then I’m going hunting for drones.
Which is what this bill does. No civillian drones allowed, period. Government drones? Great, no prob. Just pretend to have a warrant or to be chasing a criminal.
This is a bad bill that needs to be defeated.