UK drone pilot threatened with a gun in disturbing video
Suspicious or aggressive behavior toward drone use in public areas is, alas, nothing new, but a video uploaded to social media this week captured that aerial aggro at a higher level, showing the pilot being threatened by a man waving a firearm in the UK – a nation known for very strict gun laws.
The video was taken by an unidentified 33-year-old UK drone pilot as he was being accosted by an irate man wielding a gun in Cirencester, an otherwise tranquil Gloucestershire town about 80 miles west of London. The fully licensed and registered operator had been on a job photographing property for a real estate agent when the aggressor quickly approached him with a pistol in his hand, warning he’d already fired on the UAV and would continue shooting if the pilot didn’t scram. (The actual phrase used was more colorful.)
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