Man who built gun drone, flamethrower drone argues FAA can’t regulate him

June 9, 2016 By Cyrus Farivar
Ars Technica

The outcome of a new drone lawsuit out of Connecticut turns on what seems to be a simple question: does the Federal Aviation Administration have the authority to regulate consumer drones? More specifically, can the FAA come after a student who rigged up a gun to a drone and fired it in his backyard, with no one else around?

The FAA clearly thinks that it does and can. But some drone enthusiasts disagree and believe that the FAA has exceeded its regulatory power—at least for now.

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