Drone Hunting License In the Works In Colorado Town

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Drone Hunting License In the Works In Colorado Town

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Deer Trail, Colorado, is examining the possibilities of offering hunting licenses - and bounties - for drones that fly over the town.

The word "drone" these days conjures up all kinds of mental images of unmanned aircraft flying overhead, spying on behalf of the U.S. government on all the naughty things you do when you think nobody is looking. It's government intrusion of the most galling sort - cheap, simple and almost impossible to avoid unless you want to stay inside forever and line your windows with tinfoil - which is why some people are so passionately and vehemently against them.

People like the citizens of Deer Trail, Colorado, for instance, which is now considering a new law that would provide drone hunting licenses and a $100 bounty for anyone who can shoot one down. "We do not want drones in town," Phillip Steel, who drafted the law, told ABC 7 News. "They fly in town, they get shot down."

Steel admitted that he's never actually seen a drone flying over the town but described the law as "very symbolic. Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way." He also pointed out that the licenses, which would sell for $25 for a year, could be a big source of revenue for the town, stating that they'd "sell like hotcakes."

"Even if a tiny percentage of people get online [for a] drone license, that's cool. That's a lot of money to a small town like us," added town trustee David Boyd, who said he's "leaning towards yes" on the vote. "[We] could be known for it as well, which probably might be a mixed blessing, but what the heck?"

Town Clerk Kim Oldfield said there's also the possibility that the town could use the bounties to promote itself, perhaps with a festival of some sort, a position backed by mayor Frank Fields. "It's all novelty. Do a little drone fest, get people to come out, have fun."

Steel sees it differently, however. "To him, it's a novelty," he said. "To me, I'm serious."

Source: TheDenverChannel.com

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I wish my town would adopt something like this. Wouldn't happen though, California is afraid of guns and just about everything else. May need to move to Colorado.

Here in Mooresville, North Carolina I might have to talk to the mayor, I'd love a law like this. If one of them flies low enough it should be possible to down it.

Let's see how gung-ho these morons are when they realize the drones can shoot back.
And they'd better not pretend they give a shit about government spending when they go out of their way to damage government property. They'll be paying more for the repairs then they will for the licenses. But hey, as long as their tax dollars aren't going to welfare programs for illegal immigrants.

Yes... because the idea of people shooting guns into the air at model airplanes and bottle rockets in, at least, mildly populated areas is such a great idea. This is just as much of a scary idea as actually having spy drones...

I like this Phillip Steel guy. We need more folks like this! lol

Just a thought. You shoot down a drone flying over a town. Drones are made of metals, be light weight or not, so when you shoot it down, you have a rain of metal. In a town. A rain of metal lumps and/or shards in a town filled with people. Even if they are made of plastics, it is still a rain of large lumps and or/ pointy bits of said plastic.

Assuming they can even shoot down any drones, I hope they are willing to pay the government the millions of dollars in fines/compensation they'll be facing, because I hope the government charges the down for any drone that gets shot down. Fastest way to get the chuckleheads behind this driven out of town is to hand the town the bill.

Because there is no possibly way this could go horribly wrong at all, none.

Uhg, how long before somebody flies a scale model plane over the town, it gets shot down and kills somebody on impact?

As various states have learned recently over medical marijuana, just because something is no longer illegal in your local laws, doesn't make it legal, and the Feds are more than willing to step in.

Still, since nobody wanted to watch them anyway, they're probably going to have to start making their own "skeet" drones to fly nearby just for people to shoot at, if this thing really takes off.

I just looked these people up on Google maps, and they're like 45 minutes away from an Air Force base, and maybe an hour away from the freaking Air Force Academy. Not to mention there maybe 45 minutes away from Denver itself. This is not (pardon the pun) gonna fly with anybody in the state government, let alone in Washington.

And I'm sure the government would just LOVE it if someone shot down billions of dollars of government property because "It was flying overhead".

Drones aside, shooting guns up in the air over a populated town/city is not a smart idea. And the government would surely fine the town for the loss of the drone. I don't like surveillance drones but this is the wrong way of getting rid of them.

DVS BSTrD:
Let's see how gung-ho these morons are when they realize the drones can shoot back.
And they'd better not pretend they give a shit about government spending when they go out of their way to damage government property. They'll be paying more for the repairs then they will for the licenses. But hey, as long as their tax dollars aren't going to welfare programs for illegal immigrants.

had the same idea/concern.

first drone gets shot down, the army rolls in to combat terroristic insurgents.

and suddenly there are a lot of houses to sell in this town.

And some people have the nerve to believe that the Orwellian nightmare society is coming soon. It's already bloody here! Seriously, these people are just introducing more and more shite like this to see how we react. If there is no significant resistance on our behalf, they introduce MORE shite! I mean bloody hell, maybe, just MAAAAYBE the government does NOT have the interest of the people in mind. Maybe they are just venomous power hungry lunatics that wish to completely enslave us! They regard us as pieces of meat (expressed in their scientific popular belief) that they keep in coops like chicken, to feed of of our lives. And they have the nerve to declare humans as free! And we allow this. We just sit there passively, acting like low-consciousness level sodding lizards, eating each other up like cancer, cowering in fear, instead of becoming conscious of the obvious! Look at the way they used problem - reaction - solution techniques to introduce more and more control and insane laws. All this political correctness bullshit that seeks to make you unable to say anything because "you might offend someone". Well, I am offended by you saying I can not offend anyone! Seriously people, how much obvious must it become?

And if this plan fails, they'll build a giant dome over the town to stop the drones from seeing inside. It'll be airtight to stop the government using their bio-gas missiles and completely opaque to stop them looking in. Nothing could possibly go wrong!

That's the most badass hunting license ever.

"I hunt deer!"

"I hunt geese!"

"I hunt unmanned surveillance drones!"

*all* "Ooooooh!"

Klonoa Prower:
Yes... because the idea of people shooting guns into the air at model airplanes and bottle rockets in, at least, mildly populated areas is such a great idea. This is just as much of a scary idea as actually having spy drones...

While people are injured from 'randomly falling bullets', and firing up in the air is illegal in many places. The chances of it occurring are astronomically small all things considered, a casual search puts it around the fatality rate of lightning. There's something to be said that 0 is still better than 1/500,000, especially for something controllable - can't really ban lightning, but it's a pretty insignificant. Even in a densely populated area, there's still a lot more open space than there are people.

Cookiegerard:
Just a thought. You shoot down a drone flying over a town. Drones are made of metals, be light weight or not, so when you shoot it down, you have a rain of metal. In a town. A rain of metal lumps and/or shards in a town filled with people. Even if they are made of plastics, it is still a rain of large lumps and or/ pointy bits of said plastic.

Then I guess they'll just have carry guns big enough to obliterate the drones in mid air!

Unless they want to become the first community to legalize short range surface-to-air missiles...

...I'm liking this plan more and more.

As an Englishman I have but one thing to say:

Lol America. You are so funny sometimes.

I mean we have some surveillance bullshit going on but actual spy drones? Really? That's like a thing now? Legitimately? A Land of the Free (lol jk) joke is waiting to be told...

First reaction is not to protest against them or anything like that, nope fuckin' destroy them with lasers! Best!

Slycne:

Klonoa Prower:
Yes... because the idea of people shooting guns into the air at model airplanes and bottle rockets in, at least, mildly populated areas is such a great idea. This is just as much of a scary idea as actually having spy drones...

While people are injured from 'randomly falling bullets', and firing up in the air is illegal in many places. The chances of it occurring are astronomically small all things considered, a casual search puts it around the fatality rate of lightning. There's something to be said that 0 is still better than 1/500,000, but it's a pretty insignificant. Even in a densely populated area, there's still a lot more area than there are people.

Also, keep in mind the kinds of guns people use:

If they're shooting at flying targets, then logically, they're going to use a shotgun. Falling shot, even buckshot, lacks the energy to do anything except bonk you on the head a little.

This is assuming The Man sticks to tiny little quad-rotor drones. If it's a predator drone, your going to need a flak cannon.

DVS BSTrD:
Let's see how gung-ho these morons are when they realize the drones can shoot back.
And they'd better not pretend they give a shit about government spending when they go out of their way to damage government property. They'll be paying more for the repairs then they will for the licenses. But hey, as long as their tax dollars aren't going to welfare programs for illegal immigrants.

They're not supposed to be armed, they're supposed to be surveillance only drones. If they're armed thats a whole nother can of worms.

I hope this is not a NRA scheme.

I like how they plan to charge $25 (and award $100) to take out multi-million (and in some cases, multi-billion) dollar machines.

DVS BSTrD:
Let's see how gung-ho these morons are when they realize the drones can shoot back.
And they'd better not pretend they give a shit about government spending when they go out of their way to damage government property. They'll be paying more for the repairs then they will for the licenses. But hey, as long as their tax dollars aren't going to welfare programs for illegal immigrants.

You're implying that, if the proposal passes, the government will send any drones towards Deer Trail.

It's called "deterrent".

Wow... Just wow... Americans... Don't ever change.

captcha: which one is food? None captcha, they're hunting unmanned surveillance drones now, where will it end...? The humanity.

DugMachine:
Drones aside, shooting guns up in the air over a populated town/city is not a smart idea. And the government would surely fine the town for the loss of the drone. I don't like surveillance drones but this is the wrong way of getting rid of them.

Which is more important to you, though--attempting (almost certainly futilely) to destroy property of the federal government, or not killing random people at the other end of your bullets' arc?

Clearly this is the best approach to the problem of the government blatantly disregarding the constitution, as it doesn't stop any of their unconstitutional activities and it'll increase business for funeral homes.

Good people. My kind of people. They shoot first and ask questions later, but they're shooting at the drone menace, so it's okay.

If you can take down a drone with a squirrly-rifle......Then its time to sign up.

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I am sure there is a law against damaging Military equipment. Couple million dollar drone shot down by a hillbilly, I am sure the government is all O.K with that - and I am sure that it can really be classified under civil rights. Also, if you get caught I am quite sure you'll lose the fight in court of law against the military and if you win, I am sure you loose outside the law.

Also anarchy to restore democracy - that has worked so well in the history thus far.

This isn't really a smart move in my opinion.

But what do I know... I am just an outside observer from a country in which sanity governs - both people and government. Also we don't spend 50% of our income on military and the same amount of energy as whole of sweden.

Hold on. Ill stop talking now get my popcorn and start observing this mess - this will be fun!

Can't wait for some redneck to confuse a plane or helicopter for a drone, or for a bullet/downed drone to actually come back down on someone, has shooting in the air in a city is retarded, has you have no idea where the bullet will land, unless it's a warning shoot, has it can be less risky to do it in the air, then having the bullet injuring someone with a ricochet.

Steel admitted that he's never actually seen a drone flying over the town

So he knows this isn't an issue. He's planning on boosting the budget by selling licenses for $25 to paranoid citizens who will never be able to collect a bounty because no one will be able to shoot it down, and if they do they get hauled off to prison for destroying government property.

It's fairly brilliant, really.

Any patriotic members of the military want to chime in on this? You guys are protecting our freedoms, why aren't you shooting down these drones? It's downright embarrassing when the civilians have to take care of anti-aircraft all by themselves.

Machine Man 1992:
Also, keep in mind the kinds of guns people use:

If they're shooting at flying targets, then logically, they're going to use a shotgun. Falling shot, even buckshot, lacks the energy to do anything except bonk you on the head a little.

This is assuming The Man sticks to tiny little quad-rotor drones. If it's a predator drone, your going to need a flak cannon.

Only if it's fired exactly straight up where there's no horizontal momentum. If there is it can still be a lethal round and no one is going to be firing straight vertical.

Here's the proof. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076431/Rachel-Yoder-shot-gun-1-5-miles-away-Amish-girl-15-killed-freak-accident.html

sleeky01:
If you can take down a drone with a squirrly-rifle......Then its time to sign up.

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'MURRICA! HUUWAH!

LordLundar:

Machine Man 1992:
Also, keep in mind the kinds of guns people use:

If they're shooting at flying targets, then logically, they're going to use a shotgun. Falling shot, even buckshot, lacks the energy to do anything except bonk you on the head a little.

This is assuming The Man sticks to tiny little quad-rotor drones. If it's a predator drone, your going to need a flak cannon.

Only if it's fired exactly straight up where there's no horizontal momentum. If there is it can still be a lethal round and no one is going to be firing straight vertical.

Here's the proof. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076431/Rachel-Yoder-shot-gun-1-5-miles-away-Amish-girl-15-killed-freak-accident.html

That was a muzzle loaded deer rifle. Shotgun pellets are tiny and lose momentum rather quickly (for bullets anyway. Even at a hundred yards, birdshot will fuck you up). The reason why the authorities are so anal about hunting rifles, but not so much about hundreds of BB's is exactly that reason.

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