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A Colorado Town Is Holding a Special Vote on Whether to Shoot Down Drones

Posted on Thursday, 8th August 2013 @ 10:12 AM by Text Size A | A | A

A small town in Colorado is going to have a town-wide vote on whether to issue hunting licenses for drones—with $100 rewards for shooting down drones and bringing in “identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.”

Deer Trail, Colo. has about 580 residents and is just larger than a square mile. It calls itself “home of the first rodeo” and is located in the scrubby cow country plains less than 60 miles east of Denver.

Philip Steel is the man behind the ordinance. He wore a black hat and a long black coat when he spoke with Amanda Kost at Denver’s ABC affiliate. Although he has never seen a drone above the town, he wants to pass this “very symbolic” legislation. “I don’t want to live in surveillance society. I don’t feel like being in a virtual prison,” Steel told the AP. “This is a pre-emptive strike.”

The Deer Trail town council split the vote on the ordinance 3-3 Tuesday, so the town is going to have a special vote in November if it can afford to do so.

The FAA spoke up against residents pointing their guns skyward. According to the AP, a statement issued in July said that shooting down a drone could cause it to crash into something on the ground or something else in the air. And firing on “an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane.”

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