Text: H.R.129 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/03/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 129


To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to establish a prohibition to prevent the use of an unmanned aircraft system as a weapon while operating in the national airspace system, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 3, 2017

Mr. Burgess introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to establish a prohibition to prevent the use of an unmanned aircraft system as a weapon while operating in the national airspace system, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “No Armed Drones Act of 2017” or the “NADA Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Unmanned aircraft systems.

(a) In general.—Subtitle B of title III of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (49 U.S.C. 40101 note; 126 Stat. 72) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 337. Prohibition to prevent use of unmanned aircraft systems as weapons while operating in national airspace system.

“(a) Prohibition.—The Secretary of Transportation may not authorize a person to operate an unmanned aircraft system in the national airspace system for the purpose, in whole or in part, of using the unmanned aircraft system as a weapon or to deliver a weapon against a person or property.

“(b) General exceptions.—The Secretary may establish exceptions to the prohibition in subsection (a) for operations of unmanned aircraft systems related to—

“(1) recreational hunting;

“(2) animal control; and

“(3) such other purposes as the Secretary determines appropriate.

“(c) Exceptions for operations of public unmanned aircraft systems.—The Secretary may establish exceptions to the prohibition in subsection (a) for operations of public unmanned aircraft systems related to—

“(1) operations conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection;

“(2) operations conducted by the Department of Defense, including establishing areas of airspace for such operations under section 40103(b)(3) of title 49, United States Code; and

“(3) operations conducted by a governmental entity described in the definition of ‘public aircraft’ in section 40102(a) of such title for national defense purposes or in response to a terrorist event.

“(d) Procedures To protect public safety.—In authorizing operations pursuant to subsections (b) and (c), the Secretary shall implement procedures to ensure that reasonable precautions are taken to protect public safety.

“(e) Definitions.—In this section, the following definitions apply:

“(1) PERSON.—The term ‘person’, in addition to its meaning under section 1 of title 1, United States Code, includes a governmental authority and a trustee, receiver, assignee, and other similar representative.

“(2) WEAPON.—The term ‘weapon’ includes lethal and nonlethal weapons.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents contained in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 336 the following:


“Sec. 337. Prohibition to prevent use of unmanned aircraft systems as weapons while operating in national airspace system.”.