“DroneGun,” a new product from company DroneShield, allows users to take down drones by scrambling and cutting off the machine’s electronic communications and returning it either to the “offending party” or a safe area.
The gun, which boasts of 1.2 mile range, “uses a jammer to disable electronic communication across the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz frequencies.”
“Blocking these frequencies cuts off communication between the drone and pilot (or GPS) and forces it to land safely or return to its operator — which assists in tracking the offending party” explained The Next Web, though the gun is currently illegal for civilian use in the United States.
“DroneGun has not been authorized as required by the United States Federal Communications Commission (‘FCC’). This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, in the United States, other than to the United States government and its agencies, until such authorization is obtained,” warns the product page. “The use of DroneGun in the United States by other persons or entities, including state or local government agencies, is prohibited by federal law. Laws limiting the availability of DroneGun to certain types of users may apply in other jurisdictions, and any sales will be conducted only in compliance with the applicable laws.”
The product, however, could provide a useful tool for both military and law enforcement officers who may have to deal with rogue drones, and especially those that could prove a threat to the general public.
The gun, which is shaped in the form of a rifle and is attached to a backpack, requires just one user to control, immediately cuts off video feed from the offending drone to the user, and keeps the drone intact so that it can further examined in an investigation.
DroneShield also offer a wide variety of other drone-related products, including two types of drone sensor, security monitoring systems, and various “solutions” to airports, prisons, government facilities, and commercial venues.
In October, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows emergency responders in the state to take out drones without fear of liability for the damage.
The propagation of drone technology has been met with negative reactions in some cases, with numerous drones being destroyed for allegedly entering private property without permission.
In August, a 65-year-old woman from Virginia shot down a drone with her shotgun after she spotted it hovering over her property, allegedly spying on her celebrity neighbor Robert Duvall.
A Kentucky man also made the news last year after he shot down a drone that was allegedly hovering over his daughters in the backyard, and a Russian medieval re-enactor even took down a drone with his throwing spear after he was irritated by its immersion-breaking presence at a historical re-enactment.