Gallagher introduces drone law | Congressman Mike Gallagher
WASHINGTON DC– Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Peter Meijer (R-MI), introduced the Drone Act yesterday which would create a right full federal criminal. banning the most dangerous uses of drones.
“Drones can be useful pieces of technology for commerce and recreation, but in the hands of terrorist organizations, drug traffickers, or irresponsible operators, they can pose a threat to the security of our homeland,” said Rep. Gallagher. “The Drone Act would create federal guidelines to ensure this technology is used responsibly and bad actors are held accountable. I look forward to seeing this bill pass the House.”
“This legislation would help prevent the increased public safety and national security risks associated with drones by creating comprehensive federal criminal law prohibiting their most dangerous uses. More importantly, it would expressly prohibit attaching a weapon to a drone. I will continue to work to find a balance between the growing drone industry in Nevada and the safety of our skies for all users,” said Representative Titus.
“As technology advances and terrorists continue to innovate, our national security must keep pace. Confronting the threat from lone terrorists inspired by the Islamic State and those who wish to harm our communities must be a priority. absolute. This is the key to the protection of our homeland”, Rep. Gottheimer said. “This common-sense bipartisan legislation will help keep our families, our communities and our nation safe.”
“Drone technology has the potential to transform the way we do business in our country,” said Representative Meijer. “At the same time, we must ensure that malicious actors cannot use drones to facilitate illegal activities and harm our society, and this is particularly important on our southern border where drug and human traffickers humans have been known to use drones to commit crimes and reinforce I am pleased to help lead this effort to modernize existing law, deter criminal activity and improve public safety.
The 2022 Drone Act would:
- Prohibition of attaching a weapon to a drone.
- Prohibit the voluntary removal of drone identification numbers and the deactivation of their transmissions and anti-collision lights.
- Subject anyone attempting to smuggle a prohibited item into a prison using a drone to a 10-year prison sentence.
- Apply the same penalties to drone operators who knowingly or recklessly interfere with motor vehicles, boats and spacecraft as those who knowingly or recklessly interfere with airplanes and runways.
- Prohibit, with a prison term of up to two years, reckless or knowing interference with another emergency response activity, law enforcement activity or military operation.
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