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Drone assassination attempts are a reminder that better legislation is needed

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In early August an assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro served as a jarring wake up call that the possibility of a drone attack against a public figure or civilian is real.

On June 6th, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said, “the federal government does not have the legal authorities it needs to protect the American public from these kinds of threats.

The threats posed by malicious drones are too great to ignore.”

And perhaps less shocking, but still concerning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports hundreds of drone “near miss” accidents each year.

Hobbyist drone users require no training whatsoever to purchase and operate a drone, meaning that it’s harder to acquire a driver’s license than it is to operate an airborne vehicle with the potential to bring down a 747 airplane.

Back in August off the coast of Hollywood Florida, a drone nearly collided with a helicopter, and two weeks before that a drone nearly collided into an Emirates Airbus A380.

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