Lofgren and Poe Would Ban Armed Drones in U.S.
February 19, 2013 • 11:26AM

Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca.) and Ted Poe (R-Tx.) have introduced a bill, HR 637, that would ban the use of armed drones inside the United States. While acknowledging that there may be legitimate uses for drones in law enforcement and in many other endeavors, they forbid any weapons from being deployed on drones inside the United States.

"The expanded use of drones on U.S. soil raises serious Constitutional and civil liberties issues that Congress needs to address," Lofgren was quoted in a news release. "These devices should be used in a safe, open, and responsible manner. This bill would ensure that drones follow strict guidelines to protect Americans privacy while still realizing their practical applications for science, border security, public safety, and commercial development."

Said Poe: "Just because Big Brother can look into someones backyard doesn't mean it should. Technology may change, but the Constitution does not."

The bill would require government agencies to obtain warrants to use drones to gather pesonal information, and would place even further privacy restrictions on private drone use.