Is teen’s homemade “flying gun” illegal?
A video showing a controversial “flying gun” is raising new concerns among law enforcement agencies about potential threats from drones, but the Connecticut teenager who built the device may not have violated any laws, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Albert.
Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old college sophomore, successfully built what is thought to be among the first armed civilian drones, and filmed the device flying on his family’s property.
The armed drone was a wake-up call for law enforcement, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Despite their strong public safety concerns, the agency told “CBS This Morning” there appears to be nothing illegal about it, and they admit they have no way to prevent the next one.
The lightweight drone features a mounted semi-automatic handgun and is just over two feet long.
The video shows the gun being fired four times, and the drone is able to recover from the firearm’s recoil to remain in flight.
Law enforcement people are calling this a case of the law not keeping up with the technology. This may very well be true. But let’s face it: your modern NRAer focuses more on the “shall not be infringed” part of the Second Amendment than on the “well-regulated” part. Flying guns? Fuck, yeah! Gun humpers are going to claim this all part of their Constitutional rights and also, hunting, etc. etc. Sure as the sun rises in the east. I mean, these are the idiots who allowed the blind to have gun permits.
So yeah, something else to look forward to.