New laws on tap for drones?
OKLAHOMA CITY — By now most of us have seen an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone, they aren't just the stuff of science fiction anymore."Historically the FAA has not regulated unmanned aircraft, the idea that it's usually a model airplane, a hobbyist that's flying them or little helicopter that the kids buy in mall," Attorney David Slane said.But that may be changing soon and an overhaul from the FAA may not be enough.Slane says especially when you consider many amateur drones have video cameras attached to them."The law doesn't foresee every invention that is going to be made so what happens is in the meantime we try and fit our old laws like trespassing and privacy and protect people, until we pass some new laws," Slane said.Recently a New York man used a drone to record video from a hospital window and post it to Faceboook.He is now facing felony charges."The idea that people are going to use drones to invade your privacy, whether it's looking through your window, a hospital window or over your fence goes a long way," Slane said.But before we tackle the issue of personal drone use State Representative Paul Wesselhoft says we need to make sure government and law enforcement agencies aren't using misusing drones."We have a constitution in this country and we need to protect citizen's rights," Wesselhoft said.He plans to reintroduce a bill this legislative session making it illegal for government and law enforcement to use a drone without first obtaining a search warrant from a judge."My bill protects not only the individual but organizations against unwarranted surveillance," Wesseslhoft said."If a drone does the same thing a person can do, that is allow you to view something you ordinarily wouldn't, it seems to me that we should be probably be asking for search warrants and not invading people's privacy," Slane said.