So what impact would these changes have? Popular Science talked to Steven Miller, a partner at the Hanson Bridgett law firm in Northern California, who writes Hoverlaw, a blog about drones and regulations. He said he sees two major benefits of a drone registry system. "There's a category of folks who are in a 'here hold my beer, watch this' category who may misuse a drone in a way that is offensive to the general public privacy rights or unsafe," and a drone registry will help enforce regulation against that behavior. Secondly, people or local governments who own critical infrastructure, like bridges or power grids, Miller says, "really want to know the difference between an enthusiast and an enemy, users who have ill intent." So the sight of registered drones may bring peace of mind, while unregistered drones would scan instead as a threat.