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  • NJ A873
  • Creates fourth degree crime of operating drone equipped with weapon.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill makes it a fourth degree crime to operate a drone that is equipped with a weapon. Specifically, under the provisions of this bill, a person who operates a civilian unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly referred to as a drone, that is equipped with an anti-personnel device is guilty of a fourth degree crime. A fourth degree crime is punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. The bill defines "civilian unmanned aerial vehicle" as an aerial vehicle owned or operated by a private individual or business entity that uses aerodynamic forces to propel the vehicle and does not carry a human operator, and which is capable of flying autonomously or being piloted remotely and conducting surveillance. In addition, under the bill, "anti-personnel device" means a firearm, a prohibited weapon or device, or any other projectile designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being.
Homeland Security and State Preparedness
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee
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