Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Grab your guns...Colorado town considers ordinance that would pay residents for shooting down drones

Drone hunting season could soon be year round in a small Colorado town that's considering issuing licenses to allow gun users to take aim at unmanned aircraft flying overhead.

Deer Trail, Co. – which bills itself as home to the world's first rodeo- is considering an ordinance that would license bounty hunters to shoot down drones if they violate the town's "sovereign airspace."

According to the Daily Caller, the ordinance is the result of a six-page petition circulated by resident Phillip Steel who said the drones represent threats to "traditional American ideas of Liberty and Freedom" enjoyed by the town's "ranchers, farmers, cowboys and Indians, as well as contemporary citizens."

The measure is set to be taken up by the town council at its Aug. 6 meeting. It would make a one-year drone hunting license available for $25. According to the Daily Caller, a bounty of $25 would be paid to those who turn in parts of a downed aircraft and $100 for a mostly intact vehicle. The vehicle must bear marks showing it's a government drone to qualify for the bounty. 

The ordinance is specific on what can be used to take down the multi-million dollar unmanned vehicles. Shooters must use a shotgun, 12-guage or smaller, that fires lead, steel or depleted uranium ammunition and can only take aim at aircraft flying at altitudes of less than 1,000 feet.

According to the Daily Caller, shooters are limited to three shots every two hours. If you can't hit the drone with three shots, you don't need to be taking aim, according to the petition organizer.

You can read the entire Daily Caller story here.

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