If you pay attention to the news, you’ve probably heard about military drones over the last few years. These drones have been used to carry out missions in foreign countries while limiting risks to our soldiers.
How would you feel about this technique being used within the U.S.? Lawmakers in one state are considering making this a reality.
Will drones eventually patrol U.S. skies?
Connecticut lawmakers are thinking about making it the first state in the U.S. to let police use drones that are equipped with deadly weapons. The proposed bill would actually ban weaponized drones with the exception of police.
If the bill is passed, the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council would decide the rules on how law enforcement could use the drones. Special training would also be supplied to officers authorized to use them.
Co-chairman John Kissel of the Senate Judiciary Committee that approved the measure this week said, “We can certainly envision some incident on some campus or someplace where someone is a rogue shooter or someone was kidnapped and you try to blow out a tire.”
Weaponized drones are currently being used by police in North Dakota. However, they are limited to less-lethal weapons such as rubber bullets, stun guns and tear gas.
Some members of the Judicial Committee who voted to pass the measure said they do have some concerns about using these drones. They voted to pass the measure so it would make it to the House floor for debate.
We’ll have to wait to find out if this does become a law in Connecticut. If so, do you think it will eventually become the norm in all U.S. states? Leave a comment and tell us what you think about police using weaponized drones.