Citizens in a small Colorado town have come up with a completely sane response to the impending drone wars: If you see something, shoot something.
Phillip Steel, a member of the Deer Trail town board, is proposing an ordinance that would hand out “drone hunting licenses” for those petrified of the unmanned flying vehicles taking out their lives that would allow holders to shoot the drones down. The year-long license would cost would-be drone hunters $25. And, as he told KMGH-TV, he’s already got a slogan for it — “They fly in town, they get shot down.”
The fact that destroying federal property is illegal hasn’t dissuaded Mr. Steel from the ordinance that 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.”
With that kind of language, it seems like Mr. Steel has seen quite a lot of drones flying around his town of 600 people. Oh, wait, he told a television reporter that he hasn’t seen one yet. He explained that 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.”
The ordinance will be voted on on Aug. 6, with some members of the board saying they will vote in favor of it because it’s going to make them a lot of money. Town Mayor Frank Fields isn’t sure if he supports it yet,but he’s already planning the festivities if it passes.
“It’s all novelty. Do a little drone fest, get people to come out, have fun,” said the mayor.
Just some good old conspiracy theory fun, everyone!