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Texas “Anti Drone” Laws Would be Toughest in USA

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Texas would have the toughest anti-drone legislation in the country under a bill filed by State Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell).

1200 WOAI’s Michael Board reports that Gooden has introduced a measure which would outlaw the use of drones by individuals, or state or federal law enforcement.

Gooden tells 1200 WOAI news that his bill would have limited exceptions, including allowing drones within 25 miles of the Rio Grande for drug and illegal immigrant interdiction programs, or for use by law enforcement with a valid search or arrest warrant, with ‘probable cause to believe that a person has committed a felony.’

“Do we want out local police departments laying off officers and simply parking drones over our homes to keep an eye on all of us?” Gooden asked.

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» 11 Comments

  1. Lowell

    February 8th, 2013

    What are the criminal penalties for violators?

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  2. Carlos The Jackal

    February 8th, 2013

    Just do away with those “discharging a firearm in city limits” laws. We’ll do the rest.

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  3. old_oaks

    February 8th, 2013

    They already have a work around for drone legislation, in fact they’ve been using it for years. The last time I drove between AZ and IL, there was an object to south along I-10 between about Wilcox, AZ to Deming, NM. I could spot it in the distance between these two points almost the whole way, it is about an hour and half drive or 100 miles.

    It was simply a blimp that was tethered to the ground and I bet the tether could supply power and these blimps as I understand are near permanently placed.

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  4. BILL

    February 8th, 2013

    anybody come up with a drone detector yet.

    i can shoot em down if i can find em.

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  5. Unruly Refugee

    February 8th, 2013

    Texas is a hell of a good state for law-abiders.
    It would be fun to build your own drone and have dog fights for fun and sport though.

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  6. theJadedBarrel

    February 8th, 2013

    @ Unruly Refugee
    It would be fun to …

    That’s called model AC hobby.

    To think about it would my model RC aircraft become illegal?

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  7. Unruly Refugee

    February 8th, 2013

    theJadedBarrel, just don’t let anybody see you working the controls if you use it to dog fight a drone.

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  8. theJadedBarrel

    February 8th, 2013

    Hee, Hee, Didn’t think about.

    I was being snarky about the law and its possible unintended consequencet considering Drones are remote control aircraft.

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  9. theJadedBarrel

    February 8th, 2013

    Just like my unintended consequence of my typing.

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  10. old_oaks

    February 8th, 2013

    theJadedBarrel, my R/C club is just inside the PUSA TFR and NOTAM for Chicago when The Wun comes to town. I didn’t fly at all last year and since they changed the meeting times, haven’t been to a meeting recently. But last I heard they were COMMANDED to shut down the airfield because not only is The Wun scared of guns, but apparently large scale R/C aircraft.

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  11. theJadedBarrel

    February 8th, 2013

    @old_oaks
    Well ya just can’t have “the little people” running around with guns and assault R/C’s now can we.

    Anyways, have you considered escaping from Chicago?

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