Shoot down a drone, get $100. Sounds like a good deal. And one that just might come to fruition in the small Colorado town of Deer Trail.
The town is considering offering “drone-hunting licenses” and bounties for any hunter (Is it really hunting if you shoot down a robot?) blasts an unmanned aerial vehicle from the sky.
“We do not want drones in town. They fly in town, they get shot down,” Phillip Steel, the Deer Trail resident who came up with the idea, told the Denver Post.
While city officials admit that no drone has been spotted flying over their fair skies (yet?), they do want to make a statement that they think the Federal Government spying on people from overhead is wrong. City officials also admit that shooting down a drone operated by the U.S. government would be a federal offense.
Then why offer residents a bounty?
Steel told The Denver Channel that the ordinance is merely symbolic in nature.
“Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society and I believe we are headed that way,” he said.
As written, the ordinance offers to pay $100 to any licensed drone hunter that presents “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” to the city.
A drone hunting license is expected to cost $25 a year. The board will consider the measure on Aug. 6.