A college student from Clinton, Conn. appears to have built, flown and successfully fired the firearm attached to his do-it-yourself gun drone.
The student, Austin Haughwout, attends Central Connecticut State University, reports the Hartford Courant.
The original 14-second video of Haughwout’s creation originally appeared on YouTube on July 10.
It shows a drone contraption with a semiautomatic handgun attached at one end in a fairly rudimentary way. The drone hovers around in a wooded area. The gun fires four times. The trigger appears to be controlled remotely.
In two weeks, the video has been viewed over 2.5 million times.
Local police, the Federal Aviation Administration and one other agency have opened investigations into the weaponized drone.
Locals aren’t pleased.
“The next to last thing we need is guns that people can send flying around. There’s no accountability for it. Someone can be flying this thing from God knows where,” Milford. Conn. resident Michael Ruscoe told Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB-TV.
Haughwout, who will be a sophomore at Central Connecticut State in the fall, told a professor about his deadly technological marvel.
“I discouraged him,” the professor, Edward Moore told the Courant. “I tried to give him the same advice I would give my kids.”
Haughwout and Moore crossed paths in Moore’s summer class on manufacturing engineering processes.
The Connecticut chapter of the ACLU said the incident is more reason for lawmakers to establish a comprehensive set of regulations on drone use.
It’s not clear if Haughwout broke any existing law, or if federal or state officials will charge the budding engineer with any crime.
Last year, Haughwout was involved in an incident at the beach which featured a drone and an angry woman. The woman called Haughwout a pervert and tore his shirt. He called the cops. She ended up on probation.
SEE THE GUN-FIRING DRONE: