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Drone; willfully impeding hunting, Class 3 misdemeanor. (SB954)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Impeding hunting; drones; penalty. Provides that the use of a drone by a private person to monitor and photograph persons lawfully hunting on private property, when the drone is used by a private person without the permission of the landowner, constitutes impeding hunting, a Class 3 misdemeanor. Amends § 29.1-521.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/10/2013: passed committee

History

  • 01/07/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102071D
  • 01/07/2013 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 01/10/2013 Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/10/2013 Rereferred to Courts of Justice
  • 02/01/2013 Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Waldo Jaquith writes:

What? This is bizarrely specific. I happen to own the equipment to take aerial photographs from a weather balloon. Could I photograph hunters from that? What about a manned vehicle, like an ultralight? What if they're lawfully hunting on public land? What if it's not to monitor hunting, but scouting prior to hunting? What about to monitor fishing? Could I use a satellite? Or a model rocket equipped with a camera? (I happen to have one of those in my living room at this moment. Speaking of bizarre.)

I don't know what point of this foolishness is, but as legislation, it's just dumb.

Matthew O'Brien writes:

This is weird, Senator Ruff is loosing it or he is paying somebody back for some loony bin worry.

I think somebody took his tinfoil hat away...

Matthew O'Brien writes:

I just figured this out, this is to combat people spying on the fox pens with video while they are in use. The animal rights nuts must be planning on using video from planes to see what is happening to the fox in the pens.

Senator Ruff, Are you in that deep to appear so loony as to submit this bill?

Tom writes:

Drones are being used by the WWF to track poachers in Africa, and they are increasingly being used by animal rights activists as evidence of illegal hunts. They are simply the current technology. Opposition to this method of observation is the same thinking as that making video surveillance of agricultural operations illegal because they can record illegal or cruel practices. This bill is pretty problematic for all of the reasons mentioned, but it will likely enjoy support among the Farm Bureau and others who resist any efforts to enforce humane laws.