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  • casp321 casp321 Jul 19, 2013 7:43 PM Flag

    "Deer-hunting" or drone-hunting? A new sporting-game!

    "Deer-hunting" or drone-hunting? A new sport-gaming!

    FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    JOAN LOWY 3 hours ago Politics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People who fire guns at drones are endangering the public and property and could be prosecuted or fined, the Federal Aviation Administration warned Friday.

    The FAA released a statement in response to questions about an ordinance under consideration in the tiny farming community of Deer Trail, Colo., that would encourage hunters to shoot down drones. The administration reminded the public that it regulates the nation's airspace, including the airspace over cities and towns.

    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," the statement said. "Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane."

    Under the proposed ordinance, Deer Trail would grant hunting permits to shoot drones. The permits would cost $25 each. The town would also encourage drone hunting by awarding $100 to anyone who presents a valid hunting license and identifiable pieces of a drone that has been shot down.

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    • Posted: 07/16/2013
      Amanda Kost

      Town of Deer Trail considering hunting licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles, bounties for drones

      'They fly in town, they get shot down,' man says

      DEER TRAIL, Colo. - The small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is considering a bold move. The 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, "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."

      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."

 
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