PERSPECTIVE: Weaponized Drones and the 2nd Amendment

Every since the YouTube video above showing a handgun firing real ammunition from a drone, a new debate has emerged regarding the right to arm unmanned aircraft systems. Several states have already moved to pass legislation outlawing such weaponized drones.

We already know that in 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the 2nd Amendment right of Americans to keep and bare arms for lawful purposes, but does this really apply to UAS?

While opinions on the subject run the gamut, to date there is no concrete legal case to define this scope of the law. As security becomes a more prevalent concern around the U.S. -- and the world, we should expect this issue to gather momentum as both the hobbyist and the commercial UAS industries evolve.

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