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Police in one state can now attach weapons to drones

Police in one state can now attach weapons to drones
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Well, that backfired. A state representative who wanted to ban police from attaching weapons to drones got exactly the opposite of what he hoped for.

North Dakota Republican State Representative Rick Becker drafted a bill that would've required police to obtain a search warrant to use drones to search for evidence. It would have also banned all weapons from being attached to police drones.

Yet, his bill, House Bill 1328, now makes North Dakota the first state to allow police to attach weapons to drones. The catch is the weapons have to be non-lethal, like rubber bullets, tear gas or Tasers, which are used to subdue people with electricity.

(Did you see the video of the kid who built a drone that shoots a gun? Watch it here.) Scary.

Rep. Becker's HB 1328 was amended before it was passed, including by Peace Officer Association lobbyist Bruce Burkett. He amended the bill to allow less-than-lethal weapons on drones.

Not everyone in North Dakota is happy about having armed police drones flying around. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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