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house Bill H.R. 129

Should Armed Drones be Banned in U.S. Airspace (With Possible Exceptions for National Defense and Hunting)?

Argument in favor

American citizens shouldn’t be faced with law enforcement entities using military tactics such as flying armed drones in U.S. skies on a day-to-day basis.

Susan's Opinion
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08/09/2017
Hunting!?!? What in the Sam Hill do you need to hunt with a freaking drone?
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Leo's Opinion
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08/09/2017
The police are overly militarized as it is.
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Sabriga 's Opinion
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08/10/2017
HUNTING? drowned should be banned for hunting! Hunting is supposed to be in competition between the hunter and the hunted. Not a flyover with the Hunter gets to sit at 30 feet above, the animal has no chance, and that limp guy just kills it from above.
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Argument opposed

This bill’s exceptions which allow armed drones for hunting, animal control, border security and counterterrorism are too broad.

Jim's Opinion
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08/09/2017
Why should you need a drone for hunting. Clean up the bill and remove these ridiculous exceptions
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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08/09/2017
Not unless the exceptions for government agencies are REMOVED. I don't care what psychopath is in office - this one, the last one, or the next one - no armed drones over American soil must START with tying the government's hands. I support restricting the department of defense, the department of homeland security, border control, and any other stooges of the regime du jour from putting their death robots in domestic skies. If any legislation about armed drones doesn't start with making it illegal for the government (they have 90-something percent of weaponized drones and have spent the last decade getting efficient at slaughtering civilians with them), it's an absolute sham.
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Jacob's Opinion
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08/09/2017
This bill has way too many exceptions, we need to ban armed drones altogether.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Aviation
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 129?

This bill — known as the No Armed Drones Act (NADA) — would prohibit the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) from authorizing any person to operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) in U.S. airspace as a weapon or to deliver a weapon against a person or property. DOT would allowed to create exceptions for private drones used for recreational hunting and animal control, and public drones used in operations by Customs and Border Protection, the Dept. of Defense, and certain governmental entities for national defense or counterterrorism purposes.

Impact

The American public; drone operators; and federal agencies such as the DOD, DOT, and Customs and Border Protection.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 129

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthWhen he introduced this bill during a previous session of Congress, sponsoring Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced this bill to prohibit the use of weaponized drones in U.S. skies under most circumstances:

“American citizens — past, present, and future — should never have to face the use of military tactics by agents of our justice system. Our founders envisioned a society where citizens would be innocent until proven guilty, and wouldn’t be treated like suspected criminals while going about their everyday lives. Arming a surveillance drone for day-to-day law enforcement purposes clearly violates those ideals of liberty and must be banned.”

In an op-ed, Burgess explained his concerns about law enforcement agencies abusing drones:

“Most [local law enforcement agencies] could have reasonable intentions, but some departments are seeking to arm drones with tear gas, rubber bullets, and other riot control-like projectiles… What’s worse is that federal law enforcement seems to be complicit. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is entertaining the idea of deploying drones with drug sensing capabilities. Meanwhile, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) directly contradicts their own mission statement by carrying out drone strikes abroad.”

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force - SSgt. Brian Ferguson / Public Domain)

AKA

NADA Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to establish a prohibition to prevent the use of an unmanned aircraft system as a weapon while operating in the national airspace system, and for other purposes.

    Hunting!?!? What in the Sam Hill do you need to hunt with a freaking drone?
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    Why should you need a drone for hunting. Clean up the bill and remove these ridiculous exceptions
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    Not unless the exceptions for government agencies are REMOVED. I don't care what psychopath is in office - this one, the last one, or the next one - no armed drones over American soil must START with tying the government's hands. I support restricting the department of defense, the department of homeland security, border control, and any other stooges of the regime du jour from putting their death robots in domestic skies. If any legislation about armed drones doesn't start with making it illegal for the government (they have 90-something percent of weaponized drones and have spent the last decade getting efficient at slaughtering civilians with them), it's an absolute sham.
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    This bill has way too many exceptions, we need to ban armed drones altogether.
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    The police are overly militarized as it is.
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    This is a good idea in a bad bill. There should never be armed drones over the US for in my opinion any purpose. You do not recreationally hunt with a drone if you want to actually be taken seriously as a sportsman. Otherwise just sit home and play hunt on your video games so no one risks injury. You do not control animals with an armed drone as to do so would be inhumane and unethical. The citizenry should not have to look up and wonder if every damn drone in the sky is going to be militarized and we will become victims of martial law because one of our mentally shaky leaders is having a breakdown today. There are far too many loopholes and not enough bipartisan support for this to pass muster.
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    HUNTING? drowned should be banned for hunting! Hunting is supposed to be in competition between the hunter and the hunted. Not a flyover with the Hunter gets to sit at 30 feet above, the animal has no chance, and that limp guy just kills it from above.
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    Doesn't go far enough to protect citizens.
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    Who the hell needs an armed drone to hunt? This is an absurd proposal as written. Better to ban armed drones entirely. The only exception that might be acceptable would be in case of a National security emergency, as in, invasion by a foreign adversary.
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    Unless the drones are conducting strikes from United States territory, they should not be armed. There is a massive potential for an accident including the firing of a weapon from a drone either by a negligent remote pilot or a hacker. They should be disarmed before entering the United States.
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    The bill has way too many exceptions for it to be fair and just
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    All armed drones should be banned from US airspace. Period. No exceptions.
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    No this bill is still far too broad in its exceptions.
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    This is a safety and privacy issue. No drones should be flown on our soil without extreme oversight and mission transparency.
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    Regardless of any situation, they should not be allowed over US airspace.
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    Why put everyone's lives at risk with drones? What about air traffic? What about illegal spying on all citizens? What about mechanical glitches? What about #45s lack of impulse control? His thin skin? The depth and breath of Russian connections has yet to be revealed. Do we want to eat sending drones after us? No to all of this, period.
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    Do not add another step toward authoritarianism in this country! NO under any and ALL conditions!
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    There should be NO exceptions. We have already seen that the operators can sometimes mistake a camera for a gun. And those were very highly trained individuals.
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    Drones cause problems in interfering with things such as fire drops. They should not be allowed with exceptions for military,police investigations, and safety issues. They should not be used for hunting. There too much danger of harming people and property
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    They should not be allowed, except for keeping squirrels off bird feeders.
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