They fly low to the ground and most of them move pretty slowly anything inside of a hundred yards will be pretty easy to hit with a slug.
00 falling out of the sky not a hazard, but if he fired it at any sort of angle it likely was, if he fired it in a residential area (we know he did at least this) or a neighborhood the likelyhood of it being a risk goes up even higher
all those little pellets are far too small on their own to accelerate back to anywhere near lethal speed by simply falling.
Unless you are firing directly upwards at 90 degrees from the ground plane then you dont just have terminal velocity to worry about, you also have the original momentum from the charge in the shotgun shell to worry about. Which can in fact reach lethal speeds, hence why shooting someone with a shotgun generally kills them. Given the hazard posed by the drone falling from the sky it seems safe to assume he did not stand directly underneath the drone to fire at it. Now, if he used bird shot yes it likely was quite safe (although likely still very illegal and irresponsible) if he used 00 buckshot then it was quite unsafe (140 ft/lbs can kill and theres 8-9 pellets there) if he used a slug then there's no way anyone in their right mind should be arguing that was safe to fire in a neighborhood.
How do you know he wasn't using 00 buckshot? or lead slugs or even 3" 1oz copper slugs moving at 1550 feet per second?
Even if he is using birdshot (hopefully, but the police have no way of knowing that untill they've investigated) it's still irresponsible to fire it in a residential setting where kids play nearby.
Ah yes, just good ole
3" 00 buckshot specs there since the article doesn't specify i'm just going to assume he's completely irresponsible since we already know he's firing into the air in a residential area where kids play.
Shooting at the sky is bad. Falling bullets can kill.
This is a kind of overstated "fact" not really a myth but not wholly true. A bullet fired up at 90 degrees and then falling at terminal velocity is unlikely to kill a healthy adult. The problem is when they still have horizontal velocity as they fall that horizontal velocity can be quite substantial when the angle is 45 degrees or less. This man deserved his arrest, what he did was wholly irresponsible. Destroy the drone sure but firing a gun into the air without being certain of where the bullet, or shot in this case, will make its final impact is just irresponsible. Maybe someone should make a product that fires soft nets to capture these drones and bring them to the ground?
Is he a convicted felon or is there merely a warrant out for his arrest? There's a HUGE difference.
'Today Show' != 'The Daily Show'
Abolish the IRS and the problem vanishes
Who would collect taxes then?
Look into small cell foundation, The smart guys are actually trying to breed bees down in size. We managed to make them larger a while back and now we're finding that maybe that wasn't such a great idea.
I mean its swappable in the sense that the iphone has a swappable battery
Whether looking at a code base would poison you or not, checking a publicly disclosed source code license certainly wouldnt.