Opponents of Unmanned Drones Win in Council Vote

February 4, 2013

Unmanned drones will not be permitted in Charlottesville skies, at least for the next two years, after a city council vote Monday night.

In a 3-2 vote, city council passed a resolution placing a two-year moratorium on the use of drones, essentially banning them from hovering over city limits and prohibiting any city agency to employ their use.

A number of concerned people spoke out about the drones, calling them a threat to their constitutional and privacy rights. A number of opponents organized a rally on the Downtown Mall Sunday to further their message.

Councilors Kristin Szakos and Kathy Galvin opposed the ordinance, saying it's not a compelling issue for city council to consider right now.

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