End Drone Hunting
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Whether or not you ever intend to fly a drone, you should be worried about the growing "drone hunting" trend. I am filing a lawsuit with the goal of making our children, parents, friends and neighbors safe from skyward shotgun blasts and the falling pieces and parts that result.
This is a serious threat. I am a family man and an airplane pilot. I was flying my quadcopter, a kind of unmanned aircraft or "drone" with my friends and my children. I was certainly not "spying" on anyone. An angry neighbor, who later claimed that I was taking video of his daughter, blasted my drone with his shotgun. Luckily, no one was hurt when his ammunition and my drone fell to earth.
Watch this unedited footage of the flight:
The man who shot down my drone was charged with two criminal counts. The judge dismissed the charges, saying he was within his rights:
This judge is not alone in her mistaken beliefs. Representative (now Speaker of the House) Paul Ryan has said that he would shoot down any drone that flew over his property. Just Google "drone hunting" and you will find numerous drone shooting incidents, proposed laws authorizing drone hunting, and even proposals to sell drone hunting permits.
Let me be clear, I was not hovering over the shooter's property. l was not close to the ground, and certainly was not looking at his family. This campaign, however, is not about me. It is about changing the law.
The best way for me to change the law is through a lawsuit against the shooter for damages. I am hiring the best lawyers and experts to take the drone shooter to court. We are going to ask the court for a few rulings. Most importantly, that drones are, as the FAA has already declared, aircraft. People on the ground cannot shoot down aircraft simply because they are flying overhead. Although homeowners have a right to privacy, this must have reasonable limits. I will also ask the judge to clarify how much "airspace" belongs to landowners.
If I win this lawsuit, I will pay my expenses and contribute back to educational organization such as the "DRONEU" since it is there unwaivering support and ASK DRONE U Podacst that helps give us the courage to keep fighting. See www.thedroneu.com for incredible resources and insight. As I said, this is not about me but, the way our court system works, law is made through legal disputes. This is going to be expensive and time consuming. It is not a fight that I wanted but neither is it something from which I can just walk away. I need your help.
In addition to donations, I will welcome "friend of the court" briefs when the time is right. If you have a perspective that will help the judge in my case, you may be able to submit this during the lawsuit. As a contributor, I will keep you advised as to the status of my case so that you can participate as allowed.
Please understand that I believe in privacy and individual rights. I am not anti-gun or looking to get rich quick. I certainly do not want drones hovering over our backyards spying on us. All that I want is for each and everyone one of us to be safe on the ground and in the air.
This process has been an emotional battle to process....
Nobody wants the expense and stress that court proceedings nor did I want the publicity.
This case isn't just about replacing my drone, but its about protecting the Drone Community as a whole.
Your support to fight this battle and bring clarity to the airspace debate is much appreciated.