Eighteen-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton, Conn., likely didn't think of all of the ramifications of attaching a gun to a drone and then flying that drone around and then making a video of the drone firing gun shots and then posting it on YouTube, but after an investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration, Austin probably gets that it might've not been the greatest idea.
Here's the video Austin originally posted on July 10:
The text below the video reads, "Homemade multirotor with a semiautomatic handgun mounted on it. Note: The length from the muzzle to the rear of the frame is over 26 (inches)." All right!
It doesn't sound like Austin had any plans for the drone other than flying it around and then also making a video, but that didn't stop the FAA from looking into whether he violated their regulations, according to the Hartford Courant.
Austin's dad, Bret, was quick to throw some blame on his Central Connecticut State professor, telling WFSB-TV that Austin worked with the professor to build the drone. Newsweek caught up with Bret yesterday, who told them "it's a quadcopter, not a drone," and said some more fun things.
“I’d say it’s the liberal mindset,” Bret Haughwout told Newsweek. “Liberals just want to regulate away everything that people do. Anytime someone goes to do something, they want to put restrictions on it.”
The professor, Edward Moore, is not super keen on having any attachment to the project. Via the Courant:
Edward Moore, a CCSU assistant professor, said that Haughwout was taking a class with him this summer when the student talked about his gun-firing drone and his video that had gone viral.
Moore said he provided no help to Haughwout on the project and told him immediately that it was "a terrible idea."
"I discouraged him," Moore said. "I tried to give him the same advice I would give my kids."
"Hey kids, don't put a semi-automatic rifle on a drone and fire it off into the woods." A rite of passage for all teens, really.
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.