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Suffolk man shoots down drone near his home.


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#21 ub3rgeek

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Posted February 26 2019 - 06:20 AM

This drone is very light and pretty fragile. The propellers are made out of thin plastic that is very easy to break and breaking or severly damaging one propeller will disable the drone.The maximum allowable altitude for drones, unless otherwise authorized by the FAA, is 400 AGL. How high a drone has to be flown above private property has not been settled by the courts. There is an old case where the military had to pay compensation to a homeowner for low level flights (83 feet) above his property but a strict limit hasn't been established by the FAA other than anything above 500 AGL is navigable airspace. There is a regulation that you cannot fly over any part of a person without a special exemption.Unless this individual can demonstrate that the drone posed an immediate threat of death or serious injury I think he is up the creek on whatever charges there are for illegally discharging a firearm.


Well put. The property owner could have called the police about a drone flying over people, but it was in no way a self defense situation. Stupidity like this, just make the case for the gun grabbers. People need to think before they act.
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#22 pequa1

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Posted February 26 2019 - 08:39 AM

I would have used a sling shot

I would practice my vertical surfcasting.   Can do 70 yards at the beach.   I doubt that the drone was 250' feet up as well.


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#23 Wowzer

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Posted February 26 2019 - 08:55 AM

Would an air rifle, paint ball, or air soft gun have been ok to shoot the drone, if the drone were in your yard? Just curious.

#24 dr. glock

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Posted February 26 2019 - 10:40 AM

Would an air rifle, paint ball, or air soft gun have been ok to shoot the drone, if the drone were in your yard? Just curious.

 

From what I read, there are 2 issues with shooting down a drone:

1. Damaging an aircraft (FAA rules discuss this, google for their decision made after a Kentucky man shot what seemed to be a peeping tom drone...Judge threw out the charges but that prompted FAA to establish their own guidelines)

2. Local ordinances regarding discharging firearms (it has been debated a lot here if this includes airsoft/paintball...I would say that back then everyone used them in the backyard, nowadays if you are lucky enough you have favorable town laws that allow you to shoot paintball with fencing and agreeable neighbors, and I certainly wouldn't push my luck shooting in the air). 

 

Unfortunately, there's no clear boundary as far as I know of what airspace is considered government and at what point it becomes an invasion of privacy/trespassing. Best advice would have been for the guy to get a video of the drone, and then call it in to the PD. At that point they can come up with a way to make the drone operator stop because of trespassing/no permit/local ordinances. 

 

This poor guy in Suffolk got all his long guns confiscated. Anyone know if he'll ever get them back?



#25 jm7480

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Posted February 26 2019 - 10:47 AM

Flying battle-bot might work



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Posted February 26 2019 - 10:57 AM

I would practice my vertical surfcasting.   Can do 70 yards at the beach.   I doubt that the drone was 250' feet up as well.

A well placed sinker or umbrella rig will fix that pesky drone.



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Posted February 26 2019 - 11:13 AM

yup, no need to hit it, just loop some mono or even better, braid over it and reel it in !



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Posted February 26 2019 - 11:50 AM

There must be some device that might be able to interfere with the signal.

#29 2edgesword

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Posted February 26 2019 - 01:10 PM

Would an air rifle, paint ball, or air soft gun have been ok to shoot the drone, if the drone were in your yard? Just curious.


In addition to what dr. Glock said, if you hit the drone it may not necessarily come crashing straight down. It could end up crashing in your neighbor's yard doing damage to a person or property. In that case you might be held liable for the damage.

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Posted February 26 2019 - 01:18 PM

In addition to what dr. Glock said, if you hit the drone it may not necessarily come crashing straight down. It could end up crashing in your neighbor's yard doing damage to a person or property. In that case you might be held liable for the damage.

It's Criminal Mischief.

#31 NRATC53

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Posted February 26 2019 - 02:59 PM

Potato cannon firing a throw net


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#32 iGreg

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Posted February 27 2019 - 03:53 AM


Edited by iGreg, February 27 2019 - 04:08 AM.

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#33 Lotust1

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Posted May 09 2020 - 02:52 PM

I don't see a self defense claim. 

ditto this.. lol 



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Posted May 09 2020 - 10:13 PM

Water Canyon. 



#35 boke

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Posted May 10 2020 - 10:43 AM

Drone on drone combat https://throwflame.c...ower-drone-kit/
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#36 boke

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Posted May 10 2020 - 10:47 AM

After actually reading the article the evidence of nearby shot shells and him possessing multiple shotguns doesn't exactly make for a strong case against him. Now if there is video of him targeting the drone, or a confession I don't see anything that would be strong enough to convict anyone.

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Posted May 10 2020 - 01:46 PM

I like the line about "eliminating any pests."


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