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Drone sales up as state and FAA aim to regulate use

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In early 2014 Washington Governor Jay Inslee vetoed state legislation governing the use of drone within government agencies. In early 2014 Washington Governor Jay Inslee vetoed state legislation governing the use of drone within government agencies.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

At Spokane's Hobby Town, sales of unmanned aerial systems or "drones" are way up in the past year. 

"Just constant." Assistant Manager Jacob Poutre says. "I got 120 quad copters in for Black Friday and now I'm down to about 15 or 20." 

Poutre says the store sells about 4 medium seized drones per week. It's a national trend that continues as the FAA mulls over how it's going to regulate the industry. Right now the FAA bans commercial drone use but it intends to change that in 2015.

In early 2014 Washington Governor Jay Inslee vetoed state legislation governing the use of drone within government agencies. Inslee said that House Bill 2789 was contradicting in some areas and "could lead to shielding government uses of this technology from public disclosure." The state legislature is expected to propose new legislation in 2015 governing drone use and state agencies. 

As regulations remain in limbo, privacy is still a concern among the FAA and state lawmakers. 

Hobby Town store manager Taylor Bailey says it's not much of a concern among his customers. "As far as people complaining about them being used, I have not heard a single thing about it," Bailey says.

For more on FAA regulations and how you can operate your drone visit this link provided by the FAA. http://www.faa.gov/uas/

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