Mexican president has just submitted a bill to the Congress’ permanent commission aimed at amending the Federal Criminal Code as well as the Firearms and Explosives Act (the Laws), to punish improper use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

According to the bill, the amendment of the Laws is intended to establish aggravating circumstances for crimes committed with RPA.

Within the proposed new sanctions, the bill includes:

  • Imprisonment from 15 to 40 years and a fine of $41,496 Mexican pesos to $124,488 Mexican pesos to anyone who uses RPA to commit illegal conducts.
  • Imprisonment from 10 to 20 years to anyone who uses RPA to throw any object or explosive device or chemical substance or crash the RPA against a person or property to cause damage.
  • Increase the penalty by up to half when the person who suffered the damage is a member of the armed forces or public security services.
  • Imprisonment from 5 to 10 years for anyone who imports, manufactures, assembles, acquires, or adjusts RPA to transport explosive devices, weapons, narcotics, or synthetic drugs.
  • Sanction whoever uses RPA equipped with devices that allow taking photos or recording audio and video to monitor the activities of public servants, to know or report their location.
  • Imprisonment from 3 to 20 years for anyone who possesses or takes control of a physical platform, or air/maritime navigation services facilities or civil aviation airports with violence, threats, or deception.

The bill can be found here (Spanish version)

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