Lawmaker seeks weapons ban on crowd-watching drones

Law enforcement could use drones to monitor large crowds for safety and security, but the unmanned devices couldn’t be equipped to fire on crowds, under a proposal filed Thursday by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D- Tampa.

Rouson’s proposal (SB 132) creates an exemption to state law so that drones could be used to monitor large-scale events – defined in the bill as comprised of more than 10 people – for evaluating crowd size, assessing public-safety vulnerabilities, determining staffing levels for public-safety personnel or identifying possible criminal activity … | Dec. 8, 2018

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