Colorado Town Considering Proposal To Issue Hunting Permits For Drones
Charles Krauthammer's quip from May of 2012, that "the first guy who brings a domestic drone down will be a folk hero," may soon become a reality if a small Colorado town of East of Denver gets its way.
Deer Trail, population 500, is considering a proposal that would make itself an attraction for libertarian minded hunters who are skeptical of government surveillance. Citizens there will be voting to decide whether or not to issue permits to hunt drones on October 8.
Shoot 'em down for $25. With a $100 bounty reward for shooters who bring in debris from an unmanned aircraft "known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government."
The initiative's architect insists it's a symbolic stand against government surveillance.
"These are not big drones you see on TV that look like airplanes. These are little 55-pound things that can come right down into your land," said Phillip Steel, a traveling structural inspector.
Steel got the idea after seeing news reports about the National Security Agency's domestic spying efforts. "Do we really want to become a surveillance society? That's what I find really repugnant," Steel said.
As you can imagine, the government isn't taking kindly to the measure.
"Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane," the Federal Aviation Administration warned.