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Fourth U.S. City Says No to Drones


By davidswanson - Posted on 12 July 2013

Following Charlottesville VA in February, St. Bonifacius MN in April, and Evanston IL on May 28th, Northampton MA on July 11th passed a resolution against drones.

WGGB reports:

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – The city council in Northampton has voted to accept a resolution on drone aircrafts Thursday night.

The resolution calls for the end of unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance and violent purposes, as well as putting the airspace above the homes of residents under local control.

That would not only prevent the government or large companies from using that airspace, but it would also allow people to fly their own drones in that space.

“If farmers do not maintain ownership of their airspace above their property, they cannot use aircrafts to monitor their crops. And we’re talking about small low cost aircrafts and historically what has been done, or used, are larger aircrafts that are manned and that’s very costly,” says resident Aaron Cantrell who supported the council’s vote.

The resolution is the first of its kind in New England.

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