Louisiana lawmaker doesn't want drones taking pictures of our backyards
Posted on 3/5/2014 4:08:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A lawmaker from Baton Rouge says he doesn't want the government to be able to use drones on the private property of Louisiana residents so he's filed a bill restricting the use of the flying devices. State Senator Dan Claitor says he wants to make it against the law for a drone to look at our backyards or into our private homes.

"And when we say drones I'm not talking about what you'd bomb Osama Bin Laden with," said Claitor. "I'm talking about basically radio controlled planes that are outfitted with a camera."

Claitor recognizes these radio controlled devices are used for legitimate purposes such as inspecting crops or utility lines, but they can also be misused.

"In the way of invading our privacy," Claitor says. "They can be misused by the Government and they can be misused by private citizens and I want to get out in front of the issue before it becomes commonplace."

Claitor says his bill would still allow the use of drones if a search warrant was obtained or if law enforcement needed them to help document a crime scene.

He says our home is our castle and citizens are supposed to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

"And now that people have the technology to get above and beyond your fence and take a closer look, I don't think they ought to be able to do that just because they can," Claitor said.
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