Colorado Town Scraps Proposal to Shoot UAVs

Voters in a small Colorado town have decided not to shoot drones.

Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel drafted a drone-shooting proposal as a symbolic protest against the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the U.S. national airspace system. The measure would have allowed residents to shoot at UAVs within the one-square-mile town limits as long as they procured a $25 hunting license, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The ordinance set a premium on drones with U.S. government markings, offering a bounty of as much as $100. However, drone hunters would have been restricted to private property and permitted to fire only three shots per target. In addition, town officials could have used up to $10,000 in municipal funds to establish a UAV recognition program.

Steel needed signatures from at least 5% of registered voters in Deer Trail, which has a population of 563, in order to get the measure on the ballot. Twenty-three residents signed off on the proposal.

The issue drew 188 voters to the ballots, and the verdict was a landslide. Only 24% of the voters were in the favor of the measure, with 73% opposed.

Bloomberg notes that according to the Federal Aviation Administration, any drone hunter who shot at a UAV would be subject to criminal or civil liability, regardless of whether the local ordinance had been approved.

Read the full Bloomberg article here.


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