It’s a question that Peter W. Singer, director of Brookings’ 21st Century Defense Initiative, wrote in 2010 was an “all too real question” surrounding the age of drones.
“Does the Second Amendment cover my right to bear (robotic) arms? It sounds like a joke, but where does the line stop, and why?” Singer wrote.
I’ve made this argument on my show, and I’ll make it now … we absolutely have a right to own armed drones.
“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…. [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
(Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.)