TN Veteran Seeks To Limit Police Drones

Mar 20, 2013

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Tennessee lawmakers are preparing to take up a measure that would restrict police agencies in the state from using unmanned drone aircraft. It's a hot topic both in Congress and on the state level as technology has outpaced regulations on the domestic use of remotely piloted aircraft.

  Representative James Van Huss is sponsoring the bill that's scheduled for a House civil justice subcommittee hearing today (Wednesday). Van Huss says he operated surveillance drones while serving in the Marine Corps, but he doesn't want that technology to target Americans. The bill doesn't prohibit drones if police believe there's imminent danger to life, or if a search warrant is obtained.