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Shotgun vs. drone: Can you shoot down drones over your own backyard?

Shotgun vs. drone: Can you shoot down drones over your own backyard?
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Your home is your castle, and in America, you have the right to defend it within the boundaries of the law. But do the law boundaries give you permission to shoot down drones flying over your property?

As remote or computer-controlled flying robots become more advanced and more accessible, people across the country are beginning to worry they'll be used to spy on them. For less than a thousand bucks, anyone can get a radio-controlled quadcopter drone complete with a high definition camera. That could be used to snap photos in people's yards or through their windows.

Some Americans are advocating an aggressive response to this threat. In fact, the town of Deer Trail, Colorado recently considered an ordinance to offer a $100 bounty for every drone shot down by residents. But would that be legal?

The short answer is no. You should NOT shoot at drones on or near your property. Partially because it would almost certainly be illegal, but also for some other reasons you might not have thought of.

Next page: Find out why you can't (and shouldn't) shoot at drones
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