Judge Gives Colorado Town the Go-Ahead to Vote on Drone Hunting Licenses
You might remember the town of Deer Trail, CO from one of our previous stories. The town wants to vote to allow people to hunt drones within the city.
The petition to hold the vote was challenged in court, but a District Court judge has OK’d the special election according to Fox News.
The election will take place in April of 2014.
The town is set to vote on a local ordinance which would make it legal to shoot down unmanned drones that invade private property airspace.
On top of that, the ordinance would even put cash bounties on recovered drones. According to CNN,
The ordinance specifies the kinds of weapons and ammunition residents could use and puts a bounty on recovered parts — $25 for the fuselage or wing, $100 for a whole drone that has U.S. government markings.
The idea has found some support in Deer Trail, which takes up less than one square mile and is about 50 miles outside Aurora.
“I would shoot a drone down if it’s peering in my window, scanning me, and it’s within elevation where I can nail it,” said Robert Copely, a resident.
According to Fox News,
The town has approximately 500 residents and 370 eligible voters.
The FAA has reportedly warned the town that shooting at aircraft, manned or unmanned, is illegal under federal law.