Gun-firing drone catches attention of federal authorities - WNEM TV 5

Gun-firing drone catches attention of federal authorities

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A teenager has caught the attention of the feds, the FAA is now investigating his possible creation that's being compared to a military style weapon.

The drone has the ability to fire a hand gun, with no one pulling the trigger.

The teenager posted a video of the drone firing on YouTube and now it has more than 800,000 views since being introduced in the last week.

The Connecticut teen's family says he did nothing wrong and it appears so far the device doesn't violate any state laws.

However, the FAA, local police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are all investigating, trying to determine if the teen invented the contraption and if he violated any federal laws.

Drone enthusiasts, like lawyer Peter Sachs, worry this specific device could have ramifications for the entire industry.

"There are countless ways that drones can be useful,” Sachs said. “Using one as a remote control weapon is not one of them, and I question the judgment of anyone who would attempt to do so. Drones should be used for good not for evil."

As far as what's on the books in Michigan – Gov. Snyder signed a bill banning the use of drones to hunt, fish or harass hunters in April.

However, there have been no documented instances in our state.

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