N.Y. Sen. Schumer Calls for Federal Rules on Private Drones

August 4, 2014

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says privately operated drone aircraft are posing a threat to safety and privacy and should be regulated by the federal government.

The Democrat says New York has become “the wild west” for private drones since a court case limited the federal government’s ability to regulate the use of the small, remote controlled aircraft.

Schumer says that while civilian drones have beneficial uses they can pose a hazard to other aircraft or pedestrians. He also says there have been incidents in which drones are used by private investigators to spy on people.

The senator on Sunday called for new federal rules on private and commercial use of drones. He says he also wants to see bans on the use of drones by private investigators.

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  • August 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
    It's my right as a "Murrican" to own a drone. Don't tread on me!
  • August 6, 2014 at 11:54 am
    Fair Playing Field says:
    Drone operation does need to be regulated, although I'd prefer to see it done at the municipal or state level, and privacy and public safety are the two primary reasons. Rega... read more
  • August 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm
    Agent says:
    Bob, perhaps Schumer has heard those drones buzzing around over his house and it interrupts his sleep.
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