Airspace Violation

Woman, 65, blasts drone flying over her property ‘to smithereens’ with shotgun

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Jennifer Youngman, a 65-year-old woman living in The Plains, Virginia, shot down a drone flying over her property earlier this summer with a single blast from her shotgun. After attending church services one Sunday morning in June, the woman decided to clean her shotguns on her porch. Suddenly, the serene weekend quiet was disrupted by something buzzing above her head. “This thing is going down through the field, and they’re buzzing like you would scaring the cows,” she told Ars Technica recently, detailing the incident.  “I loaded my [20-gauge] shotgun and took the safety off, and this thing came flying over my trees. I don’t know if they lost command or if they didn’t have good command, but the wind had picked up. It came over my airspace, 25 or 30 feet above my trees, and hovered for a second. I blasted it to smithereens.”

The woman’s neighbor is famed actor Robert Duvall, so locals believe that the drone might have been operated by paparazzi or celebrity spotters trying to take photos on his property. When the two men who were operating the drone nearby walked up to her, Youngman told them she had called the police and they should leave, and the two complied. Youngman said she was exercising her Second Amendment rights and was annoyed at the men disturbing Duvall’s privacy. “The man is a national treasure and they should leave him the f**k alone,” she said.

Read the full story at Ars Tecnica

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