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The legislature’s Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would authorize police to operate a drone that could release tear gas, an explosive or incendiary device. The bill also outlines penalties for people who are not police officers who fly weaponized drones.


A now 20-year old Connecticut man posted widely viewed videos online of drones that could shoot bullets and flames. Austin Haughwout hasn’t been charged in connection with the 2015 flamethrower and gun incidents, but the FAA is investigating.


Several Greater Danbury area lawmakers are members of the Judiciary Committee and voted in favor of advancing the bill. They include Senators Mike McLachlan and Tony Hwang, along with Representatives Bob Godfrey, Stephen Harding and Richard Smith.

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