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Drones could soon be deadly in Connecticut

Lawmakers in the state are mulling over whether to equip drones with deadly weapons that could help police in extreme cases.


Ideas for drone use are quickly expanding.

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Drones can help you up your photography game and sometimes they make deliveries. Eventually, they could save -- or end -- lives.

Connecticut lawmakers are considering equipping drones with "deadly" weapons for use by police, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

North Dakota is currently the only state where police can weaponize drones, but they are restricted to nonfatal equipment like stun guns, according to the AP.

"Obviously this is for very limited circumstances," said Republican state Sen. John Kissel, co-chairman of the state's Judiciary Committee that passed the measure and sent it to the Connecticut House of Representatives.

He said he envisions weaponized drones being used in cases like a "rogue shooter" tormenting a campus or during a kidnapping. The drones could also help blow out a tire on a perpetrator's vehicle, he said.

The US isn't the only country looking to use drones inside its borders. Earlier this year Japan began testing drones to assist citizens following a natural disaster.