Nonlethal Drone Weapons Stay Legal for North Dakota Law Enforcement

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April 14, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: April 14 on

The North Dakota House voted against a bill that would have barred law enforcement from using nonlethal weapons on drones Tuesday, but officials say they have no intent to weaponize drones.

House Bill 1167 would have amended the state”s current laws on unmanned aircraft systems to prohibit lethal and nonlethal weapons from being attached to drones. The current law, passed in 2015, requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using drones for surveillance. It also disallowed the use of lethal weapons on the drones.