Back in July we reported a story about the small Colorado town of Deer Trailt that’s considering offering drone hunting licenses and a $100 reward to anyone who brings “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.
That’s a mouthful to simply say, shoot down a drone we’ll give you a hundred bucks.
Well, on Tuesday night the Deer Trail town board voted on the drone hunt proposal and deadlocked at 3-3.
So the decision will be pushed to November, and is now in voters’ hands.
The Federal Aviation Administration warned it was illegal to destroy government property and shooting down drones could be dangerous, the Daily News reports.
“We do not want drones in town,” said Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel, who drafted the ordinance. “They fly in town, they get shot down.”
Steele admitted he has never seen a drone flying over the town of 550, but insists it is more of a symbolic measure.
“Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way.,” Steele told KGMH TV.
“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?”