A few weeks, ago, 18-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton, Connecticut uploaded a video to Youtube of a gun-firing drone he had fashioned himself, allowing him to fire a semiautomatic handgun from an overhead drone. The video quickly went viral, receiving millions of views.
Alarmed local and federal authorities are now investigating whether his invention breaks any laws—and, to their dismay, it might not.
“It appears to be a case of technology surpassing current legislation,” Connecticut police told CNN.
“It would seem to the average person, there should be something prohibiting a person from attaching a weapon to a drone,” said Clinton Police Chief Todd Lawrie. “At this point, we can’t find anything that’s been violated.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and federal law agencies also told CNN they were looking into the matter.
Haughwout’s father told WFSB his son made the gun-firing drone as part of a school project, with the help of his Central Connecticut State University professor. He said they were careful to research all the proper rules and regulations beforehand.
You can watch the “flying gun” in action below: