Arkansas Limits Foreign And DJI Drones For Law Enforcement
A new Arkansas law, Act 525 of 2023, prohibits law enforcement agencies from purchasing small drones from “covered foreign entities,” such as DJI drones, starting in 2027.
According to Act 525 of 2023, a “covered foreign entity” is defined as an “individual, foreign government or a party other than an individual or foreign government on the Consolidated Screening List or entity list as designated by the United States Secretary of Commerce; Domiciled in the People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation; under the influence or control by the government of the People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation.”
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Phase out Foreign and DJI drones
Police departments in Arkansas have four years to phase out their use of foreign drones. However, if they believe their drones can last beyond four years, they can apply for a waiver through the Secretary of Transportation.
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