Sens. Charlie Scott and Lynn Hutchings on Wednesday said there should be a provision in the drone bill that would allow a landowner to shoot down drones that are trespassing over private property.
In a legislative committee meeting on Wednesday, the president of the Wyoming Realtors association said commercial drone operators are well-behaved. It’s the “hobbyists who buy cheap drones at Wal-Mart and fly them over their neighbors’ properties,” who are causing all the problems, he said.
Wyoming has had only two incidents involving delivery of contraband into prisons by drone, but the Department of Corrections says it’s growing across the country. A passed out of the Senate on Monday would make it illegal to fly drones over penal institutions.
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Trespassing by drones in a growing problem in Wyoming, say proponents of a bill that would criminalize it. But some say legislation before the Senate Judiciary Committee is far too lenient and difficult to enforce.
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Bills affecting the Wyoming outdoors in the 2023 legislative session include cracking down on drone usage so not to give hunters an unfair advantage and to address privacy concerns as well as legislation to protect Wyoming water along tributaries to the Colorado River.
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Currently it is illegal for anyone to shoot down a drone in Wyoming, even if the drone is flying over your property. The legislature says more homework needs to be done before introducing laws.
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