In breaking Australian drone news, a man has been arrested at Burrell Creek, west of Taree on the NSW Mid North Coast. The man has been charged with a number of firearms and drug offences.

According to the Manning Great Lakes Police District (MGLPD), a real estate agent was using a drone to obtain aerial footage of real estate, when an occupant of a property allegedly used a firearm to shoot the drone out of the sky.

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After being alerted of the incident, a search of the property was carried out which led to the seizure of “187 cannabis plants, 20kg of dried cannabis and a sum of cash”. A firearm has also been seized.

The man will re-appear before Forster Local Court on 5 March 2019.

Reports of this nature are rare in Australia given our relatively tight gun controls.

The incident raises interesting questions around privacy and rights to airspace, and about the potential rollout of drone delivery in Australia.

In America, there have been several instances of drones being targeted by homeowners with firearms:

* Article updated to include a list of similar drone incidents. The story has also been reported on here.

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