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I would guess any attack on any drone would be illegal. But I wonder if I could capture it? At least I would find out who owned it after they come banging on my door. (Make 'em PROVE they own it too.)
Shooting at it would certainly be a bad idea. But using a fishing pole and a big hook might snag the thing.
Someone should design and sell a device to shoot a fishing net with a line. so one could capture them and drag them down.
A potato gun might work, but then a missed shot might dent a local car... or break a window.
Or a device to over ride the command signal and take over the drone?
This might be well into illegal FCC territory?
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"A Kentucky man who shot down a drone flying near his property has been cleared of all charges by a local judge. William Merideth was originally cited for criminal mischief and wanton endangerment after shooting the drone out of the air in July this year, but Judge Rebecca Ward ruled that he was right to do so after reviewing testimony from neighbors that the aircraft was flying near Merideth's house."
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What if one gets his own and uses it to attack the invading drone. Get a small cheap one for a kamikaze attack or develop some type of jamming device so the operator looses control over the device.
A kamikaze drone sounds interesting. Might be worth trying if some asshole persists in invading your privacy.
As far as a jamming device that would cause the operator to lose control of his drone, sounds good but my luck would cause the jammed drone to crash into my living room picture window or something similar ;-)
BTW, I've started to investigate a jamming device that would screw up texts and other cell phone transmissions while driving.
And sell it on AA trader for parts.
a butterfly net and being dragged across your property and into the air!
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build your own from simple diy to military grade.....
The question changes from space rights to one of privacy invasion. 500 ft won't mean anything.
"So, can I shoot down a drone?
The answer is probably not. For one thing, the Federal Aviation Administration considers a drone to be a civil aircraft, and there's a law that makes it a federal crime to destroy an aircraft. The penalty is pretty steep, too — up to 20 years in the slammer."
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that in some places we have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and in some places we don't. Walking in plain view down the street - I can take your picture and so long as I don't use it commercially, that's ok, you can't make me not, and I don't need a model release. I'm pretty sure your backyard carries with it a reasonable expectation of privacy, so if it persisted and you knew who was flying it, you could probably get an injunction if you had to, but if you don't know who's doing it, you're back to your original question: 'can you knock it outa the sky?' ... I don't have an answer for that. Might vary state to state, unless FAA has a ruling on it.
Duck tape the net to a telescoping pool cleaning pole and you might get up to 30 feet of so. Then, either get on the roof and a tall ladder for extra reach.
...whether you own the airspace above your property and if so how high.
The one that came into my yard was below my fence line (7'). As far as I was concerned it was a threat to my wife and dogs who were outside. It was gone before I could get out there with a 2 by 4 or it would have been toast.
Time to get into Falconry.
Since drones of a certain size and larger are supposed to be registered with the FAA, wouldn't interfering with the flight of one be viewed as similar to interfering with the flight of a conventional aircraft? i.e. Forbidden under penalty of law.
It seems the intruder has more rights than the person being intruded upon.
The problem is no real laws about drones except around airports etc.
The news stories seem to say that the person knocking down a drone is guilty of 'destruction of property' or theft of property. With nothing about the drone operator being charged with anything. (unless it was an airport airspace violation)
Laws are needed.
California 1708.8 and AB856
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I had one buzz my yard a few months back. I assumed it was a local kid piloting it. I didn't appreciate it in my yard, but haven't seen it since.
It's definitely an invasion of privacy. It might be trespassing. Think about it. It's like someone coming into your yard illegally. For me it happened too quickly to come up with a plan. It's illegal where I live to discharge a firearm, but a pellet gun is okey. Get a bad ass pellet gun and shoot it down. If you are rural, a shotgun with #6 or 8 shot could do it and it won't travel far enough to damage property down range.
I would like to check with the FAA to find out just how low someone flying a drone is legally allowed to fly his drone over my property.
I live in the country on a few acres in an unincorporated part of the county. This means that I can legally discharge firearms here. While I would NEVER shoot where there would be even the remotest chance of hitting a human or an animal I would not hesitate in the least to blow a drone that's intruding into my airspace into smithereens with a twelve-gauge loaded with birdshot.
Nice picture... be sure you get it on camera.
I agree. The one that was in my yard was low and looked like it was being flown by an inexperienced pilot. My back yard is about half an acre and it almost crashed into my fence. Number 8 bird shot could easily cure a drone problem.
Btw, my drone flew over your yard while you sunning naked.
It wasn't a pretty sight.
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