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Author Topic: If a drone flies over my land...am I allowed to shoot it down?  (Read 1582 times)

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Re: If a drone flies over my land...am I allowed to shoot it down?
« Reply #1 on: 20 June, 2016, 05:54:55 PM »
It's probably not worth your while according to http://www.wired.co.uk/article/shoot-down-drones although of course you may be able to build a case for invasion of privacy if it kept on and have the operator's collar felt.
I know operators, in order to keep their licences, have to stay in sight of the machine so it shouldn't be too hard to spot the blackguard holding the controls.

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Re: If a drone flies over my land...am I allowed to shoot it down?
« Reply #2 on: 21 June, 2016, 09:26:00 AM »
You'd probably get in trouble for unsafe discharge of a firearm as it would be difficult/impossible to ensure that the bullet(s) remained within your private property. There was a recent instance of this in the US that is resulting in the predictable lawsuit:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/07/drone_lawsuit_who_owns_the_skies/

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Re: If a drone flies over my land...am I allowed to shoot it down?
« Reply #3 on: 21 June, 2016, 12:47:01 PM »

Interesting link, Siasl.
It seems that if I lived in America if I had chickens that were scared by the drone I'd have a really good case for blasting the drone out of the sky.

But as I don't have chickens and I don't live in the USA I'd better just give a jaunty V sign to any drone trespassing my air space.

I do think however that sooner or later, preferably sooner, that a British law governing drones (for the shooting down of) will have to be introduced here.
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Re: If a drone flies over my land...am I allowed to shoot it down?
« Reply #5 on: 21 June, 2016, 03:29:57 PM »

Interesting link, Siasl.
It seems that if I lived in America if I had chickens that were scared by the drone I'd have a really good case for blasting the drone out of the sky.

But as I don't have chickens and I don't live in the USA I'd better just give a jaunty V sign to any drone trespassing my air space.

I do think however that sooner or later, preferably sooner, that a British law governing drones (for the shooting down of) will have to be introduced here.

The writer in my link further up was with you, P-K, you may have missed it.

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Re: If a drone flies over my land...am I allowed to shoot it down?
« Reply #6 on: 09 November, 2016, 10:22:01 PM »
I did read somewhere about birds of prey being trained to take drones down.
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Re: If a drone flies over my land...am I allowed to shoot it down?
« Reply #7 on: 03 January, 2017, 12:40:12 PM »
Perhaps you are looking at this from the wrong side - rather than checking if it is legal for you to shoot it down, perhaps you should be looking at whether it is legal for the person to be flying it.  For example, you'd have cause for complaint if anyone flies a drone over your garden if your garden is less than 50m long.

This article has an interesting summary of the Dronecode:
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/gadget/uk-drone-law-dronecode-where-to-fly-zones-3620507/

And here's all the legal jargon from the Civil Aviation Authority:
http://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Model-aircraft-and-drones/Flying-drones/