advertisement

Missouri lawmaker draws support for drone spy ban

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 10:20 a.m. CST; updated 12:31 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri proposal to ban spy-in-sky drones is drawing support from agricultural groups, a family lobbyist and the American Civil Liberties Union.

A House committee heard testimony Tuesday on legislation by Rep. Casey Guernsey that would outlaw the use of unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance on individuals or property. The bill would grant an exception only for law enforcement agencies that obtain a warrant.

Guernsey, a Republican from Bethany, said his measure was prompted by concerns over an Environmental Protection Agency initiative that used small airplanes to look for pollution problems at cattle farms in Iowa and Nebraska. But Guernsey's bill would not prohibit the EPA flights because they were not conducted by drone aircraft.

Bill supporters said they view drone surveillance aircraft as an invasion of privacy rights.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements