Is it legal to shoot down a drone flying over your property?

So, I had a crazy run-in with my neighbors over a drone issue. They’re convinced it’s me flying it, and things got intense. They even trespassed with a gun looking for me. The police got involved, and one officer said you can shoot down drones if they’re below the tree line, and the county won’t do anything about it. Sounds like something out of a movie, right? I think he meant using skeet shotguns because bullets can travel so far. I’m not sure though; they were pretty serious about it. But from what I’ve read here, everyone’s saying not to mess with shooting drones due to FAA rules. What do you guys think about this mess?


Ask them to record that statement or to provide it in writing, and you’ll likely get a different answer. They’re essentially advising you that it’s acceptable to engage in a criminal act.


Please, I urge you to file a FOIA or public records request with the police department to obtain the body camera footage promptly. You can easily do this online at minimal cost, often just a few cents. I frequently submit such requests and have even filed complaints against an officer who misrepresented drone laws in our city.

If you’re unsure how to proceed online, consider drafting an email directly to the police department. They are legally obligated to respond to records requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

Here’s a revised version of the bullet points for clarity:

  1. All documents, including emails, memos, reports, or other correspondence, concerning the legal status and regulations regarding the use of firearms to shoot down drones in Madison County, IN.

  2. Any documents or guidelines provided to law enforcement officers regarding the handling of disputes involving drones, including the potential use of firearms.

  3. Records such as body camera footage, audio recordings, written reports, and radio dispatch calls related to the incident at [Your Street] on [Date of the incident].

  4. Documents related to the legal definitions of property lines and survey markers in Madison County, IN, as discussed by the officer during the incident.

Remember, these documents belong to the public, and as a citizen, you have the right to access them under the law.


I think you typically have to spend around $15 to $30, depending on the county, but it’s definitely worth the investment.

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you can conduct an investigation to potentially locate the drone’s operator. If you suspect the drone is recording you without consent, you can file a privacy complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).