“Does the Second Amendment cover my right to bear (robotic) arms? It sounds like a joke, but where does the line stop, and why?” wrote Peter W. Singer, director of Brookings’ 21st Century Defense Initiative, in 2010, noting the Constitutionality of privately owned and operated “self-defense drones” is, in fact, an “all too real question.”

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…

It’s your neighbor’s drone plinking pesky squirrels from his cherished chestnut tree and if your dog strays onto his lawn one more time, zap!

Far-fetched?

Hardly. In fact, somehow, somewhere, sometime soon, it’s inevitable. But will it be legal? Constitutional scholars are debating that question right now and some think that Second Amendment rights could extend to robotic arms — including “self-defense drones” outfitted with weapons.

“Does the Second Amendment cover my right to bear (robotic) arms? It sounds like a joke, but where does the line stop, and why?” wrote Peter W. Singer, director of Brookings’ 21st Century Defense Initiative, in 2010, noting the Constitutionality of privately owned and operated “self-defense drones” is, in fact, an “all too real question.”

Jason Koebler, science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report, writes in a…

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