For the past half-dozen months, I’ve owned and operated a tiny quadcopter that I built from parts sourced online. It’s only 110 millimeters wide, weighs about one pound, has a very small camera, and is more likely to be blown into a tree by a mild breeze than injure anyone.
And as of next week, I will need to register my dinky little drone with the federal government. Otherwise, I could potentially face civil and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and three years in prison.
Meanwhile, if I decided to relocate to the nearby state of New Hampshire, I’d be able to purchase and own an assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine—no registration or license required.
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