Drones are a divisive issue in this country. Some people love them, and some people want to shoot them out of the sky. If you're part of the latter group, I suggest you let cooler heads prevail. Otherwise, you could end up like this California man who now owes his neighbor hundreds of dollars after pumping the man's drone full of buckshot.
Last fall, Eric Joe took his homemade drone copter out for a spin over his parents' property in Modesto, California. After a few minutes of flying, Joe heard a loud bang and watched his hexacopter fall out of the sky. It turns out Joe's neighbor Brett McBay told his son to shoot the drone down with 12-gauge shotgun.
Joe claimed that McBay said: "I thought it was a CIA surveillance device." No matter the reason, the drone pilot wanted to resolve this encounter quickly and civilly ("I didn't want to get argumentative with a guy with a shotgun," Joe said). He went back inside and inspected the aircraft. It wouldn't be flying again. Later that evening, the two men exchanged e-mails.
Joe expected McBay to cover the costs of fixing his damaged drone. Boy was he wrong.