Oklahoma residents could “shoot down drones” under proposed law

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OKLAHOMA -- Drones are becoming more of a reality for Oklahomans. From real estate use to fighting wildfires, many are used daily in the Sooner state.

Nick Brown has invested thousands of dollars in drones.

"We just use it for personal photography for the main part," Brown explained.

Though drones are doing a lot of good in the world, some warn they can fall into the wrong hands.

"The criminal ailment. Drug smugglers are using these,” Senator Ralph Shortey said. “You know, cattle thefts, cattle thieves are using these things to track the movements of cattle.”

That is why Sen. Shortey says he wrote a bill aimed at protecting your land and privacy. If it passes, you would be able to shoot down a drone on your property and not be held liable.

Under the law, you would still have to abide by city rules, meaning you could not shoot down a drone in a residential area, but you could take a bat to one.

"You have the ability to damage it, destroy it. Do whatever you need to if you don't want it on your property," Sen. Shortey said.

"I honestly think that it's a little bit of a crazy law," Brown said.

Though Brown agrees in protecting privacy, he does not think Sen. Shortey’s proposed law is the answer.

"I see a few problems with it. One being a liability thing, if this was to get hit by a bat, you know this is kind of a pretty big investment for myself so I would want to know how is this going to be fixed," Brown said.

Also under his law, Sen. Shortey says you would not be held accountable if you damaged a drone by accident.

Click here to see the full text of the bill

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