NEW HAVEN — A federal judge has ordered a father and his teenage son to testify under oath and hand over documents about weaponized drones shown in YouTube videos firing a gun and deploying a flame thrower in their Clinton backyard.
Judge Jeffrey Meyer in New Haven ruled Monday in the case of Bret Haughwout and 19-year-old Austin Haughwout. The Haughwouts live in Clinton and have refused to comply with Federal Aviation Administration subpoenas.
The Haughwouts’ lawyer argued the subpoenas violate their constitutional rights and questioned the agency’s authority to regulate recreational drones.
The FAA says the subpoenas are part of a legitimate investigation into potential violations of its regulations banning people from operating aircraft in a reckless manner.
The judge ordered the Haughwouts to comply with the subpoenas within 30 days.