The Federal Aviation Administration has threatened $25,000 fines for anyone caught with a drone that's fitted with any weapon.
While it does seem natural to want to attach a flamethrower or maybe even a gun to a drone just to see how cool of an experiment it could be, the FAA isn't taking the practice lightly and has announced that operators of such devices are liable to civil penalties of up to the aforementioned sum, unless of course, they have permission from them.
Weaponized drones are considered to be harmful to both people and bank accounts, according to the FAA, who posted the following statement online.
"The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning the general public that it is illegal to operate a drone with a dangerous weapon attached," it reads.
"Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items. Do not consider attaching any items such as these to a drone because operating a drone with such an item may result in significant harm to a person and to your bank account.
"Operating a drone that has a dangerous weapon attached to it is a violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act enacted Oct. 5, 2018. Operators are subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 for each violation, unless the operator has received specific authorization from the Administrator of the FAA to conduct the operation. “Dangerous Weapon” means any item that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury."
So you stand to lose a whole lot of money if you decide to attach some form of weaponry to your drone, especially if you also decide to show it off on YouTube. But if you really need to - perhaps you're a defense contractor or maybe an amateur film director - go ahead and apply for permission from the FAA.