Drones seem to be doing their share of wreaking havoc in Dannevirke. Farmers and horse riders alike are voicing their concerns over the unmanned aircraft that are spooking their animals. A suggestion has been made that they will take the law into their own hands, and fire skywards to get rid of the pests.
What the Law Says About Drone Use
Drones and their use are limited by the Civil Aviation Act. People operating drones are required to get the necessary permission from the person to whom the land belongs, before taking flight over it. This refers to both state-owned and private properties. The act further goes on to state, that the drone is not to be flown out of the line of vision of the operator at any time, without prior consent to do so. In most reported cases, where animals on these farms have been spooked or traumatised, the unmanned craft has not been granted any such permission to be there, and there was definitely no operator anywhere in sight.
The Use of Guns to Shoot Down Drones
By law, there is nothing that prohibits the shooting down of drones over private land. The correct route would, however, be to follow procedure. Any drone, unmanned aircraft or remotely-operated aircraft that is presenting a risk to people, other aircraft or property, must be reported to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Each case will be investigated, and evaluated, individually.
For those vigilantes that still wish to wield their weapons, it is vital to do so within the boundaries of the law. Unlawful use could land you in hot water in many ways. Gun laws in the country are strict, and any disregard will be treated with seriousness.
While it can be said that there are positive uses for drones, the negative seems to be outweighing this at present.