Police arrest US teen who built gun-firing drone

The US teen who sparked an Internet sensation by building a small drone capable of firing a handgun, has been arrested and released on a $20,000 bond, police said Thursday.

Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old mechanical engineering student from Clinton, Connecticut, was charged with assault and interfering with a officer, officials said.

The charges have nothing to do with the , but stem from an incident last Sunday and a physical altercation with officers, the Clinton police department said.

He was arrested on Wednesday evening after being asked to turn himself in on an outstanding warrant.

Police said he refused to submit to arrest and that he hit and kicked at two officers "repeatedly".

As a result he was charged with two counts of assault and a single count of interfering with an officer.

The arrest warrant also charged Haughwout with interfering with an officer and failure to obey an officer's signal.

He appeared in court on Thursday and posted a $20,000 bond.

Haughwout on July 10 posted a video called "Flying Gun" that shows a homemade multi-rotor drone hovering off the ground and firing a semiautomatic handgun in the Connecticut countryside.

It has been watched around 2.8 million times and on Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating.

The FAA is poised to miss a September deadline for a final set of rules to govern civilian drones in crowded US skies—prompting industry fears that the United States is falling behind other countries in developing high-value UAV technology.


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Jul 24, 2015
This is bullshit. People have been putting guns on RC helicopters and drones for years.
Just search YouTube. You'll find postings going back to 2009 and maybe beyond.

Jul 24, 2015
To be fair though, putting guns on drones probably should be illegal. Because it can't be long until somebody does a massacre with one of these things, and they'll never get caught. And there's no plausible self-protection argument for people putting guns on drones.

Jul 24, 2015
The arrest is not about the drone with a gun. It is about some young man who will beat the shit out of a cop for being uncooperative. It just happens that the same individual is playing with drones set up to shoot guns. Just the type of person we all want in our life??? His punishment should be to send him to Syria and have fun targeting ISIS members. If you see his head rolling in the sands of Syria do not blame us.

Jul 24, 2015
@Milou
Yes it is about the drone. That is why they were at his house, to begin with. He then, like a dumbshit, resisted and got other charges added.
Try to read more carefully.

Jul 24, 2015
It's been illegal your many years to put weapons on an RC aircraft, since the '70's or before. Those of us into scale RC's have wanted to put blank firing guns on them for dogfight realism and have always been thwarted from that by FAA regs. This sin't anything new at all!

Jul 26, 2015
People have been putting guns on RC helicopters and drones for years.


It's not really the same thing, unless those RC helicopters were also computer stabilized with a video link like modern multirotor drones are. The question is of controllability and aim rather than simply putting guns on a flying platform.

And there's no plausible self-protection argument for people putting guns on drones.


2nd amendment advocates would argue it as self-protection against the state.

The arrest is not about the drone with a gun. It is about some young man who will beat the shit out of a cop for being uncooperative.

He was resisting arrest on a warrant that was most likely because of his gun-drones.

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