Colorado Town To Issue Permits For Hunting Of Drones

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Can the ragtag hunters of one Colorado town stop the Rise of the Drones? Denver’s ABC 7 News reports:

The Deer Trail, Colorado town board will be voting on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel drafted the ordinance. “We do not want drones in town,” said Steel. “They fly in town, they get shot down.”

Even though it’s against the law to destroy federal property, Steel’s proposed ordinance outlines weapons, ammunition, rules of engagement, techniques, and bounties for drone hunting.

The ordinates states, “Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle […consistent with those…] known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.”

If passed by the town board, Deer Trail would charge $25 for drone hunting licenses, valid for one year.

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  • Mr.Gee Marino

    Will there be a fine for killing a drone without a license? :/

    • echar

      I think so Mr. Marino.

      • Mr.Gee Marino

        If it is violating your Privacy, you shouldn’t need a license to defend yourself…

        • echar

          That is an excellent point. Hopefully the people writing the bills get on that.

          • Mr.Gee Marino

            I thought the license just made you eligible for the reward.

          • echar

            I mean the bills/laws for drones in the US. So far I am aware that you can’t fly them in DC.

          • Mr.Gee Marino

            They’ll probably wait until somebody uses it as a defense and let the case set a precedent. Why just Legislate when your lawyer friends can make Money?

        • $6241910

          License or not, you will still be classified as an enemy combatant by the United States Department of Defense and they will send troops in to kill you.

          • Mr.Gee Marino

            I can think of Worse ways to die… Like as a Slave.

          • $6241910

            Indeed.

            The answer to 1984 is 1776.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I see some very angry hobbyists in this town’s future.

    • Jin The Ninja

      at first glance, i read ‘lobbyists’ which probably wouldn’t be untrue either;)

      • Anarchy Pony

        I dunno, I’d bet that would give lobbyists an excuse to sell more drones to the feds. And for gun lobbyists to sell more guns to hicks.

        • Jin The Ninja

          i agree with you, and actually that’s what i meant- but obviously failed to convey- but on further reflection on the way lobbying works- and conversely how much money is made by lobbyists to advocate any point whatsoever- i could also see several different angry lobbyists from different views storming the CO border to have a ‘chat’ with the board.

          • Charlie Mu

            seems like that probably wouldn’t end very well for the lobbyists of they did that.

        • denverover

          Towns size will probably double now, what, with all the new NSA people going there to find out who’s in favor of the throttling of surveillance.

      • denverover

        In this case the word hobbyist/lobbyist, could be interchangeable and be true, it probably wouldn’t be a good marketing thing for a drone to be brought down by a local with a 30-06 or a 12 gauge………on the other hand, it might be a good thing to have happen after-all, probably the only way, TPTB will get the message “THEY DON’T WANT TO BE SPYED ON”.

  • AManCalledDa-da

    Here are some much better options to defeat drones without shooting at them.

    http://amancalleddada.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-one-where-da-da-shows-how-to-defeat.html

    • sambrown299

      Hmmm I would like a boomerang now..

  • kcorb

    And this is how the whole Skynet fiasco really starts.

    • $6241910

      So when reality starts to mimic horror films.. Would it be a good idea to predict the future based upon them? :D

  • InfvoCuernos

    I am surprised that a law for prosecuting those who shoot down govt. drones isn’t already on the books. I’m sure they could make a case for destruction of government property tho.

    • Calypso_1

      Shooting at anything regulated by the FAA is probably a bad move.

      • denverover

        That’s cowboy country, mostly wide-open farm land in that area, good luck finding the correct bullet that actually brought down the drone, and doing ballistics to prove the “culprit”, (or hero, depending wich side of he fence you’re on).

        • Calypso_1

          Good luck w/ those realtime thermal feeds.

          • denverover

            Yeah, plenty of dust devils in that area too.

          • Calypso_1

            Orgonite howitzers away!

  • BMUSTDIE .

    The ghost of Hunter S. Thompson?

  • sambrown299

    I just want to shoot one.. just one please..

  • $6241910

    I can see many ruby ridge style shoot outs with federal agents when they send in the military death squads for shooting down their planes in the near future. Local law or not.. If you shoot down a DOD drone.. You will be targeted as an enemy combatant. They will kill you.

  • av8shunmeckaneck

    Sounds like the small town just wants to sell a bunch of ‘licenses’ that wont result in anything. Shooting at and/or damaging federal property is highly illegal. Not sure how anybody will get around that one. Good luck with that one Deer Trail.

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