FAA Asks Public To Not Attach Any Kind Of Weapons To Drones

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The Federal Aviation Administration has sent out a notice on Thursday warning the public that it is illegal to operate a drone with a dangerous weapon attached.

FAA wrote “Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items. Do not consider attaching any items such as these to a drone because operating a drone with such an item may result in significant harm to a person and to your bank account.”

The agency helpfully reminds everyone in the notice that operating a drone that’s wielding a dangerous weapon is a violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, which can result in fines of up to $25,000 for each violation — unless, the FAA says, the drone operator receives specific authorization from the Administrator of the FAA to conduct the operation.” Other state and federal laws restricting the use of weapons could also apply to these dangerous drone flights, the FAA adds.