Bill could see Connecticut police use drones armed with LETHAL weapons in a first for the US

Friday, March 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban weaponized drones for civilians
But police would be exempt and will use armed drones in ‘limited circumstances’
North Dakota is the only state so far to have legalized non-lethal armed drones

31 March 2017

Police drones fitted with lethal weapons could take to the skies in Connecticut.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow police to use drones fitted with deadly weapons.

No other state currently allows police to use weaponized drones, and the proposal was immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates.

The bill would ban the use of weaponized drones, but exempt police.

Details on how law enforcement could use drones with weapons would be spelled out in new rules to be developed by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council.

Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons.

‘Obviously this is for very limited circumstances,’ said Republican state Senator John Kissel.

‘We can certainly envision some incident on some campus or someplace where someone is a rogue shooter or someone was kidnapped and you try to blow out a tire.’

North Dakota is the only state that allows police to use weaponized drones, but limits the use to ‘less lethal’ weapons, including stun guns, rubber bullets and tear gas.

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