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No, You Can’t Mount A Gun On A Drone: Orlando Looks At UAV Regulations

The city of Orlando is looking at drone regulations Monday. (Clément Bucco-Lechat, WIKIMEDIA)

Orlando could get new regulations on drones Monday.The city council is holding a second vote on regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. It would make it a crime to operate a drone while under the influence, and you can’t mount a weapon on a drone or use it to spy on people.

Residents can’t operate a drone within 500 feet of a school without permission from the school. City officials say the proposed rules are designed to keep residents safe.

Some of the regulations are generating controversy: Residents would need a permit to fly a drone within 500 feet of a venue, park or gathering with more than 1,000 guests.

The Federal Aviation Administration last year released long awaited small drone rules, allowing commercial operation of drones.

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Abe Aboraya started writing for newspapers in High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe ... Read Full Bio »