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Burgess proposes domestic prohibition of weaponized drones

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., introduced legislation Wednesday to prohibit the domestic use of weaponized unmanned aircraft systems. H.R.1939, the “No Armed Drones Act (NADA) of 2015,” prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from authorizing the use of drones as weapons against any person or property in the national airspace. 

“American citizens – past, present, and future – should never have to face the use of military tactics by agents of our justice system,” Burgess said. “ Our founders envisioned a society where citizens would be innocent until proven guilty, and wouldn’t be treated like suspected criminals while going about their everyday lives. Arming a surveillance drone for day-to-day law enforcement purposes clearly violates those ideals of liberty and must be banned.”