Weaponized drones could soon be banned in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation would make it a crime in Michigan to weaponize an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Democratic state Rep. Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo says: “We don’t need flying guns in Michigan.” He says the legislation introduced earlier this month would make it illegal for weapons, even those legally attainable in Michigan, to be attached to a drone.

The bill lists several Democrats and Republicans as sponsors. Hoadley says the state “shouldn’t wait for something terrible to happen.”

MLive.com reports state lawmakers are considering more than 20 bills related to guns that were introduced in 2015 or 2016.

Michigan earlier passed laws barring people from using a drone to hunt game and prohibiting the use of drones to harass hunters.


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