Was a KY Man Within His Rights Shooting Down Drone?

Mr. Merideth said four men tried to confront him after the drone was shot out of the sky, but then changed their minds when they saw his personal...

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A Kentucky man is in a bit of legal trouble after he shot down a drone hovering over his property.  The $1800 drone allegedly appeared to be checking out his teenage daughter, however.

From the Washington Times:

A Kentucky man shot down an $1,800 drone hovering over his sunbathing daughter and was then arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment.

“My daughter comes in and says, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here flying,’ ” William H. Merideth, 47, told a local Fox News affiliate reported Tuesday. The Bullitt County father shot at the drone, which crashed in a field near his yard Sunday night.

The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house, the station reported.

“I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property,’ ” Mr. Merideth said, noting that the drone briefly disappeared when his daughter waved it off. “Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.”

Mr. Merideth said four men tried to confront him after the drone was shot out of the sky, but then changed their minds when they saw his personal firearms.

Apparently, Merideth’s daughter was sunbathing outside, which makes his actions something that most people can understand. That said, as gun supporters, it’s important to note that shooting “directly into the air” rarely is that directly into the air, and rounds can go an incredibly long way. We suspect that’s the root of the charges against him.

However, it does bring up an interesting point about our property rights.  After all, we all know where the horizontal boundaries are to our property, but what about the vertical?  With more and more drones flying that are operated by private individuals, this is probably something we need to talk about.

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  1. Roger Burns Reply

    I’ve alway been under the opinion that there is a vertical property line extending air traffic altitudes for the care trees, shrubs and the like.
    However trajectory of rounds and local ordinances of discharge of firearms will play into this. I would question why 4 men confronted him rather than contacting authorities if they had a legal gripe. Content of the drones camera if available would answer a lot of questions.

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