Colorado against drones – seriously?

Amanda Kost reports for Denver’s ABC 7 News that on August 5th, the town board  of Deer Trail, Colorado will be voting on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles.
It was drafted by Deer Trail resident, Phillip Steel: “The Town of Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and the following 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.”

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.”

“We do not want drones in town,” said Steel. “They fly in town, they get shot down . . . Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way.” 

With thanks for the lead from Mark Shapiro.

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