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This bazooka-like gun blows drones gently out of the sky

Technically Incorrect: The DroneShield DroneGun is huge, but sensitive. It's also not exactly legal.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


It's good for your image.

DroneShield/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Many people are steeling themselves for what is to come.

As technological change races along with political change, our lives are being radically altered. Soon, for example, our skies will be filled with large mosquitoes delivering our toothpaste and undies. Drones, they call them.

We won't know, though, which drones are merely delivery-machines and which might have nefarious intentions. How will Second Amendment enthusiasts know which drones to shoot out of the sky?

Welcome to the DroneGun.

Just holding this large device brings out your inner Rambo. The real beauty, however, is that it brings drones down without destroying them.

Made by DroneShield, the DroneGun jams the drone's signal and either forces it to land vertically or sends it back to its operator. It weighs around 12.5 lbs, and the manufacturer says it has around a 2 km (around 1.25 mile) range.

There's one slight drawback. It's not exactly legal.

DroneShield's own website explains: "The use of DroneGun in the United States by other persons or entities, including state or local government agencies, is prohibited by federal law."

In essence, it's a jammer that emits radio signals to interfere with those being received by the drone. And jammers are illegal. Well, illegal for ordinary citizens.

The DroneShield site offers this caveat: "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."

I suspect that once drones are everywhere the battle between man and drone will be enacted in earnest.

Every household will have one of these things, after the Supreme Court rules that it's our constitutional right.