Economic Liberty
First Amendment
Occupational Licensing

North Carolina Drones Oral Argument

Michael Jones started a one-man drone operation in 2016 providing clients with photos of land that he then used software to combine into high-definition maps. But to the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, this simple act of taking pictures was an unlicensed act of surveying and they threatened legal consequences. This is a violation of Michael’s First Amendment rights which protect the ability to communicate information, even information used in a technical or commercial setting.

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