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James Mackler Discusses New Drone Law Enforcement Guidelines with UAS Magazine

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released new guidelines to law enforcement agencies regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. UAS Magazine interviewed Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler about these new rules, which he says are off target.

The FAA is requesting assistance from the law enforcement community to crack down on the increased, unauthorized use of drones by those who do not understand rules of the air and those who endanger airspace.

“Law enforcement is busy enough investigating crimes, and police should know that they have no authority of any kind to investigate civil violations of administrative regulations,” he told the magazine.”

Read the full interview here.

In another story with UAS Magazine, he explained that law enforcement officials have every right to investigate possible law violations within their jurisdictions—regardless of whether a UAS is involved—but they have no jurisdiction when it comes to enforcing the FAA’s UAS regulations.

“To me, this is another example of the FAA really struggling to keep up with facts on the ground instead of getting ahead of things and creating the appropriate regulations,” he said.

Read that article here.

James concentrates his practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. He is also the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region.




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