I have recently had several people tell me that they would just shoot down a drone flying around them or over their home. I politely let them know that Drones are a FAA licensed aircraft and to shoot at them would be a federal crime. And as a drone operator we have FAA guidelines and laws that we must also obey.
A drone is considered a civilian aircraft. And, under Title 18 of the U. S. Code, section 32, destroying one can get you up to 20 years in jail, as well as a hefty fine.
The Drone operator has FAA guidelines and other laws that they must follow including:
• Reckless endangerment (a felony)
• Invasion of privacy (can easily be upgraded to a federal complaint)
• Obstruction of police/emergency services duties (a felony)
• Noise ordinance violation
From Forbes’ John Goglia,
According to the FAA “regardless of the situation, shooting at any aircraft — including unmanned aircraft — poses a significant safety hazard. An unmanned aircraft hit by gunfire could crash, causing damage to persons or property on the ground, or it could collide with other objects in the air. ”