COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) â?? Three dozen states, including South Carolina, are all vieing to become a testing site for unmanned drones to be used here in the United States.
According to the AP, the Federal Aviation Administration plans to conduct tests at six locations to determine how drones operate in different environments.
The FAA says the research that is gathered will help determine how to safely integrate drones into national airspace.
FAA spokesman Les Dorr said the agency cannot reveal the identities of the 50 applicants for testing, or how many applicants each state has.
Drones are being used by police for search- and-rescue missions and to get to locations officers can't.
Some South Carolina lawmakers have filed bills to restrict the use of drones, among them, Beaufort Sen. Tom Davis, who worries the drones might be misused.