Lawmaker Wants To Ban Drone Usage By Peeping Toms
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Republican state House member from West Fork wants to outlaw the use of drones for voyeurism by peeping Toms.
Rep. Justin Harris told 5NEWS on Friday (Feb. 6) he intends to introduce the bill as early as next week.
Harris said he has withdrawn a previous bill that would have made it a crime to fly a drone over private property and take pictures without permission. That bill would have made it a misdemeanor for a drone operator to have or distribute an unauthorized image but would have exempted pictures taken by law enforcement officials and photos taken on public property.
“I think that’s going to be another issue for another day,” Harris said. “I think that is very important, but we will address that at a later time.”
Harris discussed the drone issue at a Chamber of Commerce legislative forum in Fayetteville on Friday. Before the forum began, he also spoke to 5NEWS about the issue.
He said the new legislation “won’t have anything to do with people flying over property” but will seek to clamp down on voyeurs using drones to spy on those who are disrobed.