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Sponsor Of Legalizing Armed Drones in North Dakota Is Having Second Thoughts

by Joe Wright, Activist Post:

The drone wars continue to heat up on both the global stage and at the domestic level.

North Dakota recently made international news as the first U.S. state to legalize weaponized drones for use on its own citizens. This concept previously sparked outrage when India – a supposedly constitutional republic – said they would begin applying non-lethal weapons to drones for crowd control.

Now, the very sponsor of the legislation that enables the potential use of weaponized drones on American soil claims he was hoodwinked by how this came to pass.

In a classic case of unintended consequences, the original sponsor, Republican state representative Rick Becker said he was unhappy with the way legislation turned out.

His original intention was to prevent law enforcement officials from using the unmanned aerial vehicles from conducting surveillance on private property without a warrant.

“In my opinion there should be a nice, red line: Drones should not be weaponised,” he said.

So, then, how did drones actually become weaponized if this was supposedly not the intention? The original language explicitly prohibits it. Apparently, we can thank the state’s police union who, of course, would want to secure more toys to add to their arsenal. Emphasis added.

The original draft of the House Bill 1328 said: “A state agency may not authorize the use of, including granting a permit to use, an unmanned aircraft armed with any lethal or non-lethal weapons, including firearms, pepper spray, bean bag guns, mace, and sound-based weapons.”

However, the state’s police union amended the Bill, limiting the ban to only lethal weapons, meaning that sounds cannons or rubber bullets could be used on police drones, according to The Daily Beast.

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