When Connecticut engineering student Austin Haughwout, 18, posted videos of his drones firing a handgun and flamethrower, he may have thought they would go viral — but he could not have known that his inventions would lead to a renewed debate on whether to ban weaponized drones in the state.
Last year Connecticut lawmakers considered a proposal to restrict weaponized drones, but it withered and died in the state House of Representatives due to inaction. Just weeks later, Haughwout’s first video, showing a drone equipped with a pistol, went online.
That video and its fiery follow-up, both posted in 2015, have led to renewed debate in the state, with public hearings now planned for Monday and Tuesday on two separate bills that would restrict the use of drones.
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