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The industry, nearly in lockstep with those advocating against the drone regulation proposals, stands unified under a central banner—the glorious benefits they believe the unmanned aircrafts will bring to the human experience.
Kevin Lauscher, a police and industrial sales specialist for Draganfly Innovations, counseled lawmakers considering bans to act in the best interest of life-saving efforts.
“We hope that in the discussions that should be held prior to the passing of any bill, they will look at all aspects of use of unmanned systems and the benefits that are provided,” Lauscher wrote in an email to Watchdog.org earlier this week. “Hopefully the decisions made in those states will not result in peoples’ lives being lost or put at unnecessary risk due to the lack of access to this very beneficial technology.”
Melanie Hinton, senior communications manager for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the trade group dedicated to promoting drones worldwide, warned, like Lauscher, that hasty action by state lawmakers could prove extremely dangerous.
“Unfortunately, we have already seen some state legislative efforts, which could unnecessarily prevent the use of unmanned aircraft in search and rescue missions, crime scene investigations and other efforts to protect law enforcement officers on the job, and the public at large,” Hinton wrote, striking a conciliatory tone.
“There is no reason we cannot advance the remarkable benefits of unmanned aircraft technology, while also protecting the rights of individual Americans.”
Epstein applauded all efforts to define the uses and restriction
on drones, a debate he said America must have.
“There ought to be someone questioning the use of drones,” he said.
This article originally appeared at Watchdog.org.