MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Assemblyman Jay Webber, has sponsored legislation that would criminalize weaponized drones. The bill unanimously passed the Assembly Homeland Securities Comittee on Thursday February 14.

This is a situation where the law should keep pace with the technology,” said Webber (R-Morris). “While recreational drones have many harmless and fun uses, a weaponized drone in the wrong hands is just plain dangerous.  The U.S. military has had great success with pilotless planes on the battlefield. The potential grows for bad guys using armed drones to turn a crowded event into a crime scene, and our law should be updated to deter and punish the weaponizing of drones.”

According to statistics, there are more than 1.3 million drones registerd with the FAA. Legislators believe that the potential for criminals or terrorists to arm an unmanned aircraft and use it to threaten, injure, or kill people is very high.

The bill prohibits unmanned aircraft mounted with explosives, firearms, or projectiles that could injure or kill.  Violations are punishable with fines of $10,000 and 18 months in prison.