FAA warns of drones with weapons attached

28 August 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned the general public that it is illegal to operate a drone with dangerous weapons attached.

The warning comes after a slew of recent reports about attaching dangerous weapons to drones, including reports of a drone that comes equipped with a flamethrower and consumers attaching fireworks to drones for special occasions.

The FAA specifically stated that drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers and other dangerous items are considered illegal as they may result in harm to others.

A drone operating with a dangerous weapon is a violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FFA Reauthorization Act and comes with a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation. Additionally, some state and federal criminal laws regarding weapons and hazardous materials may also apply to drone operators attaching weapons.

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