Amendment 2024-0821s to SB460 (2024)

Establishing the crime of and penalties for unlawful use of unmanned aircraft systems.

Revision: Feb. 22, 2024, 9:02 a.m.

Senate Judiciary

February 21, 2024





Amendment to SB 460-FN


Amend the bill by replacing section 1 with the following:


1  New Section; Unlawful Operation or Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  Amend RSA 644 by inserting after section 644:22 the following new section:

644:23  Unlawful Operation or Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft.

I.  A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if such person operates a small UAS that interferes with law enforcement, firefighting, or other emergency response operations or violates any provisions of RSA 644:9.

II.  A person is guilty of:

(a)  A class A misdemeanor if such person negligently operates a small UAS in a manner so as to interfere with or disrupt the flight of a human-occupied aircraft, or otherwise impede the normal course of operations of any international, regional, municipal, or general aviation airport.

(b)  A class B felony if such operation results in damage to a human-occupied aircraft in flight.

(c)  A class A felony if such operation causes said aircraft to crash and such crash results in death or serious bodily injury.

III.  A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if such a person operates a small UAS in FAA-restricted airspace over the property of a federal or state correctional, penal, or detention facility, and a class B felony if such operation is done with the purpose of delivering contraband into the facility or to aid in the escape of a prisoner.

IV.  A person is guilty of a class B felony if such person is knowingly in possession of or operates a small UAS equipped with a device capable of causing serious bodily injury, death, or property damage or is otherwise capable of firing or releasing a projectile.  Federal, state, and municipal public safety bomb squad personnel are exempted from this provision for the limited purpose of use of a small UAS for the disposal of explosives, bombs, and hazardous devices.  Law enforcement's use of a small UAS to deploy distraction or disorientation devices is exempt from this provision.

VI.  This provision shall not apply to any law enforcement officer pursuant to their lawful authority.