Skip to comments.Effort To Ban Weaponization Of Drones Advances To Calif. Senate
Posted on 01/30/2014 11:57:27 AM PST by BenLurkin
CAMARILLO (CBSLA.com) The state of California is on the verge of enacting some of the strictest standards in the nation concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), thanks in part to the efforts of two Southern California lawmakers.
The state Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to pass Assembly Bill 1327, a bipartisan bill co-authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) aimed at protecting the privacy rights of Californians by establishing restrictions on the use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones.
According to Gorell, AB 1327 addresses privacy concerns by implementing strict warrant requirements for law enforcement agencies looking to utilize the technology. It also mandates that public notice be given when an agency intends to use drones, requires the destruction of collected data within 6 months, and prohibits the weaponization of drones.
With an estimated 30,000 drones expected to occupy Americas skies over the next two decades, Gorell told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO federal efforts to regulate the use of UAVs must be supplemented by state legislation.
People are flying model aircraft all the time not for surveillance but just for a hobby and thats not restricted by FAA, Gorell said. So theres absolutely a requirement for legislatures to look at this.
Gorell a former Naval Intelligence officer cited similar efforts by state lawmakers in Virginia, who recently passed a complete moratorium against any UAVS being used by any government agency for the next two years.
In addition to proposed government and civilian applications, private companies such as UPS and Amazon have also begun exploring how they can utilize drones commercially when the technology becomes available.
After its passage in the state Assembly, AB 1327 will now move on to the California State Senate for further approval.
Or they could authorize Drone Hunting.
I forgot it’s CA so no guns allowed.
in other news, the CA legislature passes a bill to put the genie back in the bottle
FWIW, California was the first state to outlaw giving government benefits to illegal aliens. Then the courts intervened.
They learned from Blue Thunder
Will the law apply to the state?
Actually it is much to do about nothing as no local, state or federal agency has or wants armed aircraft. The LAPD has had one of the biggest air forces of helicopters in the world for 40 years. No sidewinder missals, mini-guns, hellfire etc. Just two pilots a radio and cameras.
What is the difference between a drone with a camera or a piloted helicopter with one? The same rules of evidence apply in court.
My problem with drones is not that they give the government any additional power or capability. My problem is that they cost to much. 18 million a shot!!!! You could buy 7 brand new B3 Airstar helicopters for that and have a lot better coverage.
But I digress, its only a matter of time before someone burns a drone into a residential neighborhood or wacks a civilian of commercial aircraft out of the air.
And that will be the end of that.