A 14-second clip showing a drone shooting a semi-automatic handgun was uploaded to YouTube last Friday.

The user who uploaded it - Hogwit - appears to be American drone hobbyist Austin Haughwout, who's confrontation with a woman he was allegedly filming with his video-equipped drone was caught on film and went viral. The woman, Andrea Mears, was charged with third-degree assault before being granted with probation.

While drones and guns are legal, drones with guns are most likely not. Jim Williams of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), which regulates aircrafts and drones, has said "we currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period. Those rules are in place, and that would prohibit weapons from being installed on a civil aircraft."

Nevertheless, we will almost certainly see more instances of DIY drone weapons (this isn't the first), and it's not improbable that many will try to claim the activity as a right under the Second Amendment.

Update: Austin Haughwout was arrested last night after he kicked and hit several police officers. Read the story here.

update: Hopes&Fears asked the FAA and several gun law experts whether this gun-drone was legal. You can read their answers here.

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