July 20, 2015 4:00 am -

[su_publirb]Yes, it turns out that weaponized domestic drones are highly illegal. But that was not enough to stop a Connecticut teenager from building one:

The demonstration video, apparently made by a teenager in Connecticut, shows a robotic device with four rotor engines firing four shots in succession.

Each time the handgun is fired, the drone is knocked back some distance, but remains stable enough to discharge a bullet once every three seconds. …

The 14-second clip appears to be the work of Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old from Clinton, Connecticut, who runs the YouTube account to which the video was posted last week. …

Both handguns and this type of drone device are widely available in the United States. The drone appears to have been equipped with a mechanism to pull the trigger on command.

Footage of gun-bearing drones has posted online as early as 2012, when an unnamed enthusiast attached a machine-gun to a much more advanced drone than the one seen in the latest clip.

According to the Federal Aviation Authority, current rules already prohibit prevent any weapons being attached to any kind of aircraft.



D.B. Hirsch
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