Video of teen’s gun-shooting drone triggers federal investigation

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CLINTON, Conn.- The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into a Connecticut teen’s drone.

Austin Haughwout, of Clinton, posted a video on YouTube showing a drone shooting a handgun in a wooded area. On Tuesday, the FAA said it was investigating whether the teen violated regulations, like reckless operation of a model aircraft.

But Clinton police said the video doesn’t appear to violate any state laws and the teen’s father said Austin built the drone for a project at Central Connecticut State University.

The video is causing concern among drone advocates.

“There are countless ways that drones can be useful. Using one as a remote control weapon is not one of them, and I question the judgment of anyone who would attempt to do so. Drones should be used for good not for evil,” lawyer Peter Sachs told WTNH.

According to WTNH, Haughwout is not stranger to drone-related controversy. Last year, he claimed he was attacked by a woman who believed he was using a drone to record her.

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