Veteran seeks to limit police drones in Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers are preparing to take up a measure that seeks to restrict police agencies in the state from using unmanned drone aircraft, and the sponsor is someone with experience piloting drones.

FILE - This Jan. 31, 2010 file photo shows a U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers are preparing to take up a measure that seeks to restrict police agencies in the state from using unmanned drone aircraft, and the sponsor is someone with experience piloting drones.

It's a hot topic both in Congress and on the state levels as the technology has rapidly outpaced regulations on the use of remotely piloted aircraft domestically. Currently, Tennessee law enforcement agencies are using drones only rarely.

Rep. James "Micah" Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, sponsored the bill that's scheduled to be considered in a House civil justice subcommittee Wednesday. Van Huss says he operated a surveillance drones while serving in Marine Corps, but he doesn't want that technology to target Americans.

The bill doesn't prohibit drones if police believe there's imminent danger to life, or if a search warrant is obtained.


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