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Bills Would Ban or Restrict Drones in New York City

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    A City Council proposal seeks to ban drones in New York City.

    Police could use drones -- but they'd have to get a warrant.

    Another bill would restrict drones to limited public spaces like parks, while banning them from heavily populated areas, such as sports arenas or airports.

    The Wall Street Journal says Councilman Daniel Garodnick is sponsoring the proposal for a broader ban.

    Garodnick says he fears drones could be used as weapons, or cause mid-air collisions. He noted that in September, an NYPD helicopter had a near-miss with a drone.

    In November, pilots reported drones flying near John F. Kennedy Airport. On at least three occasions, drones flew close to airliners.

    Councilman Paul Vallone's bill would impose the less sweeping restrictions.

    Vallone says the city has to take on the issue because the Federal Aviation Administration has not.

    The FAA did not immediately respond.

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