The Oklahoma SENATE BILL 503 An Act relating to aircraft; restricting the use of drones was introduced in February 2014. It has not passed but I have summarized the major points below plus the text from the bill.
- Law enforcement can only use drones to ” gather evidence or other information in a criminal investigation without first obtaining a search warrant”
- It is a felony to sell, transport, manufacture, possess or operate any weaponized drone.
- A drone cannot be used to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another individual in a place where the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy
For more information about Oklahoma drone flying laws visit Oklahoma Legislature and search for Drone and Unmanned Aerial in the search bar.
“Drone” means a powered, aerial vehicle that carries or is equipped with a recording device that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, and can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely. A drone may be expendable or recoverable.
C. Whoever sells, transports, manufactures, possesses or operates any weaponized drone shall be deemed guilty of a felony and upon conviction, shall be punishable by a fine of not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) and no more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), and by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for a term not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment
D. Whoever uses a drone to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another individual in a place where the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy is guilty of a misdemeanor. This subsection shall not apply to a law enforcement officer authorized to use a drone pursuant to subsection B of this section.
E. Evidence or information obtained or collected in violation of this section is not admissible in evidence in any criminal proceeding.
Do not forget to always abide by the FAA regulations no matter where you fly.
- Fly your Drone below 400 FT
- Fly with local clubs
- Inspect your aircraft before you fly
- Take a lesson before you fly
- Don’t fly your drone beyond line of sight
- Don’t fly near airports or any manned aircraft
- Don’t fly near people or stadiums
- Don’t be carless or reckless, you could be fined if you endanger people or other aircraft
- Don’t fly anything that weighs more than 55lbs.
- Don’t fly for payment or commercial purposes unless specifically authorized by the FAA