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Texas Legislature weighs drone photography bill
KSAT Ch 12 - San Antonio ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | Matt Rivers

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drone; privacy
I'm afraid this legislation approaches this subject the same way the liberals approach guns ... take them away from law-abiding citizens and give the government free reign. I think we need to clarify the laws that are already on the books rather than outlaw a toy.
1 posted on 02/09/2013 11:30:44 AM PST by Stegall Tx
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To: Stegall Tx

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.


2 posted on 02/09/2013 11:39:41 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Stegall Tx
I am not worried about small little uavs individuals can use. My privacy may be occasionally at risk, but not my freedom.

I am however, very worried about something like this being set up over each of our cities:

1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform

All of the Pieces for the Next President to Command Skynet

3 posted on 02/09/2013 12:06:14 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Stegall Tx

Yeah, drones should be banned for use by everyone including all government entities and shooting them down should be universally legal.


4 posted on 02/09/2013 1:02:14 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

Same as with the Spotty toats, piddle fish and lizards, shoot, shovel and shutup.


5 posted on 02/09/2013 1:12:49 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Stegall Tx

Anyone who does not understand the connection between the use of these drones and the loss of there Privacy/Freedom——Please Log off FR.


6 posted on 02/09/2013 2:02:12 PM PST by Revel
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To: Stegall Tx

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.

Banzai!


7 posted on 02/09/2013 3:45:43 PM PST by moovova
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To: Revel
Right, but the fix for protecting our privacy does not involve taking the drones out of the hands of citizens who behave responsibly and leaving them exclusively in the hands of the government.

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.

8 posted on 02/09/2013 5:06:54 PM PST by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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