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Can you shoot at drones flying over your land?

Can you shoot at drones flying over your land?
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Drones, guns and privacy. Talk about hot-button issues.

Drones, of course, are suddenly everywhere. At least 700,000 drones were sold in just the United States in 2015, according to Consumer Technology Association estimates. And many more are coming, likely including Amazon, Wal-Mart and other retailers delivering products with drones, or unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Yet, the rules regulating who flies drones, and where they can fly, are quite murky. The Federal Aviation Administration, which Congress gave authority over drones in 2012, is expected to clarify some of this with new regulations this summer.

However, the FAA has said it won't address privacy. In other words, if someone flies a drone over your house, it's unclear now what your privacy rights are, or aren't.

In fact, a recent incident in Kentucky, where William Merideth shot down his neighbor's drone when it flew over his land, is again raising questions about drones and your privacy. So, can you shoot down a drone flying over your property?

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