Are you frustrated with the ever-increasing talk and usage of drones on American soil? One man in Deer Trail, Colorado is, and he’s crafted a city ordinance that would allow people to purchase a “drone hunting license.” Forget fish or deer or quail. Why hunt those when you can shoot a drone?
As reported by the Daily Mail, the seven-member town board will soon consider the drone hunting ordinance and consider it “as a fun jab at the federal government.” The author of the ordinance, Phillip Steel, is a bit more serious on the matter.
“To [them], it’s a novelty,” Phillip Steel, the man behind the idea told KHGH. “To me, I’m serious.”
Steel fears the country is becoming increasingly controlled by a government bent on controlling its citizens through surveillance and wants Deer Trail to stand out as an exception.
“We do not want drones in town,’ said Steel. ‘They fly in town, they get shot down.”
KMGH in Denver has this report on the Steel and the town board members who are looking to have a little fun at the government’s expense:
7NEWS Reporter Amanda Kost asked Steel, “Have you ever seen a drone flying over your town?”
“No,” Steel responded. “This is a very symbolic ordinance. Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way.”
If passed by the town board, Deer Trail would charge $25 for drone hunting licenses, valid for one year.
“They’ll sell like hot cakes, and it would be a real drone hunting license,” said Steel, “It could be a huge moneymaker for the town.”
Deer Trail resident, David Boyd, is also one of seven votes on the town board.
“Even if a tiny percentage of people get online (for a) drone license, that’s cool. That’s a lot of money to a small town like us,”said Boyd. “Could be known for it as well, which probably might be a mixed blessing, but what the heck?”
Even though the town of Deer Trail is having fun with the idea of a drone hunting license, the federal government doesn’t share the same sense of humor. In fact, the FAA issued a statement directly addressing the idea of “hunting” drones.
According to Fox News, the FAA stated that a drone “hit by gunfire could crash, causing damage to persons or property on the ground, or it could collide with other objects in the air. Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane.”
The idea of a “surveillance society” is one that everyone should think about. Is this what we want from the “land of the free?” Perhaps if a few drones were knocked down, the government would get the idea.