Civilian and law enforcement uses raise many complicated issues.
Technology developed for the military often finds civilian use eventually. Radar, jet engines, even the Internet all developed with defense in mind. Now there are unmanned drones.
The non-military versions of drones differ from the military variety. They do not carry missiles, for example. Nevertheless, from highly specialized law enforcement models to homemade civilian ones with smartphones mounted on them, small, remote-controlled aircraft are taking to the skies.
That has Virginia lawmakers wading into the murky intersection of public safety, personal privacy and individual liberty.