ST. LOUIS – A bill to confine the use of drones in Missouri to limited law enforcement cases is gaining support in the Show Me State.

There was little opposition to the measure in a short committee hearing on the issue Tuesday, and agricultural and civil liberties groups have spoken in favor of the legislation.

House Bill 46 from Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, would prohibit any person or state department except law enforcement from deploying unmanned aircraft over private property without consent. Police officers could do so only if they had a warrant or were using the drone in an active chase or other case of imminent danger.