Kentucky Man Uses Birdshot to Solve Drone Problem

Drone hunter

William Merideth of Hillview, Kentucky grabbed his shotgun and fired three blasts of Number 8 birdshot to take out a drone flying over his backyard.

The Kentuckian was arrested Sunday evening in Hillview, Kentucky, just south of Louisville and charged with criminal mischief and wanton endangerment. He was released the following day.

I think he’s within his rights. If it’s OK to shoot birds, why not drones? What do you think?

Drones have recently become a nuisance in the airspace over western wildfires. And people are making their own armed drones now, which is apparently legal.

More info:
This video of a drone with a gun will freak you the hell out

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on July 30, 2015 - 2:19 pm isn’t going to like it if flying over somebody’s airspace is determined to be illegal. I would be worried about stray bullets. I’ve always wondered how many people are endangered when those Arabs shoot off weapons to celebrate.

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on July 30, 2015 - 2:43 pm

      The guy in the article explains that he used birdshot specifically to avoid the danger of stray bullets.

  2. #3 by Peace on July 31, 2015 - 4:10 am

    All guns should be banned, so mr. hillbilly shouldn’t have any gun in the first place to shoot drones or birds or anything. He isn’t a member of any “well regulated militia” so his right to be some moonshining vigilante is not protected by the 2nd amendment.

  3. #4 by Larry Bergan on July 31, 2015 - 2:15 pm

    Peace said, “All guns should be banned…”

    Umm, I don’t think you’re supposed to say that, even as a joke. This is America.

  4. #5 by Nathan Erkkila on July 31, 2015 - 6:41 pm

    In general I disagree with the idea, but in this case, it was a drove hovering above his property (With a camera I believe) and he used birdshot to minimize collateral. This seems pretty well justified. Would you want someone with a drone spying on your property?

  5. #6 by Richard Warnick on August 13, 2015 - 9:18 am

    Angry Eagle ‘Punches’ Drone Right Out Of The Sky

    It happened in Australia. The cool thing is the guy flying the drone was most concerned about whether the eagle could have been injured.

  6. #7 by Richard Warnick on September 12, 2015 - 10:54 am

    Drone Privacy Law Sees Setback After California Governor Refuses To Sign

    State senate sponsor Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) said in a Facebook post the governor’s decision was disappointing but is “pleased the bill launched an important discussion on our privacy and private property rights and drones.” She also vowed to take the issue up again in 2016.

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