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March 28, 2013

County considers anti-drone ordinance

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Unmanned aerial vehicles have the capability to watch individuals, groups and populations on a 24-hour basis, following and recording their movements for days and weeks in an unprecedented way, as well as the capability to monitor cell phone and text messaging of individuals, groups and populations, information states.

"Would we have any authority to police this? asked board member Jeremy Hall.

"The county would if it's a county ordinance," replied Sheriff Roger Mulch. "I haven't read it in its entirety but it says something about banning all drones that can carry shotguns, bullets, tasers or anything like that, I don't know what technology is going to do for law enforcement but drones are going to be a big part of it, and we don't want to ban ourselves from doing what we need to do to police."

The drone ordinance will be placed on the agenda for the April 22 full board meeting, it was announced.

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