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Documents in drone-flying dispute due today

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Austin Haughwout. (WFSB file photo) Austin Haughwout. (WFSB file photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Attorneys for both sides of an armed-drone flying dispute have until Monday to submit any supporting documents in the case.

Austin Haughwout, 20, of Clinton, and his father, have been battling the Federal Aviation Administration over drones they allegedly modified to carrying weaponry.

The drones appeared in YouTube videos. One was armed with a gun while another had a flamethrower.

The Haughwouts have refused FAA subpoenas.

During a hearing last week, their attorney claimed the FAA is only subpoenaing them to find out more about the gun-mounted drone. They believe the government is overstepping its authority.

The FAA, however, said it's trying to figure out if the Haughwouts did anything illegal.

The judge overseeing the case said he hoped to have a ruling by sometime this week.

Austin Haughwout faces legal battles on multiple fronts.

He was recently arrested on child pornography charges. That arrest came about while police investigated an alleged assault by Austin Haughwout on an officer in the lobby of the Clinton Police Department a year earlier.

In 2014, Austin Haughwout was involved in a fight with a woman at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. She accused him of filming her with one of his drones while she was on the beach.

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