While the Feds continue to mull over their options regarding civilian use of drones, the North Dakota legislature has shown itself to be quite progressive regarding government use of drones, by passing a law which allows police to arm and discharge arms that are not considered weapons of deadly force in flight:
Like Tasers, rubber bullets, tear gas, or all three at once.
The original piece of legislation, as presented by state Rep. Rick Becker, was aimed at making sure police obtained a search warrant to use a drone to seek out criminal evidence. But when Bruce Burkett, a lobbyist with ties to area police, was allowed to amend the bill, it was rewritten to specify that drones could carry anything except weapons capable of lethal force. - USA Today
All of North Dakota's 258 criminals, fearing the worst, have reportedly fled to Canada. ;)