If you are considering the standpoint of, is it physically possible to shoot an aerial photography drone out of the sky? Then yes. At least 4 instances of drones being shot out of the sky have been reported in the last two years.
The question is, is it a crime to shoot an aerial photography drone?
“The short answer,” as Ars Technica, an online tech publication, writes, “is that American courts have not addressed the question adequately.”
However, the Federal Aviation Administration considers drones to be aircraft - and under federal law, shooting at aircraft is a crime.
“An aircraft is an aircraft,” Rocky Davidson, of the FAA’s Nashville Flights Standards District Office, told Ars. “We have the same rules and regulations for shooting a regular aircraft.”
To date, no federal prosecutions have been brought against those who shoot down drones.
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