Even in states that haven't passed anti-drone legislation, public agencies are caving to citizen pressure to keep drones out of the skies. Last month, the Seattle Police Department used federal grants to buy two drones. Before they could be used, public privacy concerns forced Mayor Mike McGinn to ground the drones. That blow, Ingley says, has made other police departments reluctant to even bring up the idea of purchasing drones.
"What police chief is going to try to buy any of these when they don't even know if they can?" he wonders. "Based on what happened in Seattle, who is going to be the next one to want to try this and have that kind of backlash against them? These are their voters and their jobs on the line."