Lawmakers Consider Equipping Drones with Deadly Weapons

Lawmakers Consider Equipping Drones with Deadly Weapons

Could armed robots be a thing of the future? They could in fact be coming soon, as lawmakers in Connecticut are considering equipping drones with weapons for police use.

According to WNYW, the proposed bill would allow only law enforcement to use weaponized drones stocked with lethal equipment.

However, lawmakers will not decide in which circumstances it would be appropriate to use the weapons. Instead, the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council would make that decision.

Naturally many civilians have concerns that the weapons could be used unnecessarily, resulting in an excessive use of force.

Lawmakers have tried to quell some of those fears.

“Obviously this is for very limited circumstances,” said state Sen. John Kissel. “We can certainly envision some incident on some campus or someplace where someone is a rogue shooter or someone was kidnapped and you try to blow out a tire.”

According to the U.K. Daily Mail, North Dakota was the only state to allow armed drones before the introduction of the Connecticut bill. But in North Dakota, only “less lethal” weapons like tear gas, stun guns and rubber bullets are allowed on drones.

The American Civil Liberties Union released a statement about the Connecticut bill, stating, “In addition to concerns about the lack of sufficient rules protecting people from privacy violations, the potential for armed drones presents serious concerns regarding the excessive use of force by police officers in conducting law enforcement activities like searches and arrests.”

While police and lawmakers might have every intention to reserve the armed robots for “limited circumstances,” who can truly control these drones? With technology, especially self-moving technology, there is a lot that can go wrong.

If there is no actual person behind the weapon, it could be a scary thing. Hopefully lawmakers will think about this bill long and hard before they come to a final decision.

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