July 30, 2013
Local Anti-Drone Activism Begins: ‘If They Fly in Town, We Will Shoot Them Down’

Charles Krauthammer once predicted that the first American to shoot down a domestic drone would be a folk hero. Phillip Steele, a resident of Deer Trail, Colorado, wants to enable that hero. As the FAA loosens regulations on domestic drone use, Steele has submitted an ordinance to his town’s board of trustees that would create America’s most unusual hunting license: It would permit hunting drones and confer a bounty for every one brought down. Only 12-gauge shotguns could be used as weapons, so the drones would have a sporting chance. Wouldn’t the hunters be breaking federal law? Of course. I wouldn’t be surprised if the feds are already watching Steele as a result of his rabble-rousing. But he isn’t dumb. “This is a very symbolic ordinance,” he told a local TV station. “Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way …. It’s asserting our right and drawing a line in the sand.” Actually, it’s more like drawing a line in the clouds. But you get the idea. 
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Local Anti-Drone Activism Begins: ‘If They Fly in Town, We Will Shoot Them Down’

Charles Krauthammer once predicted that the first American to shoot down a domestic drone would be a folk hero. Phillip Steele, a resident of Deer Trail, Colorado, wants to enable that hero. As the FAA loosens regulations on domestic drone use, Steele has submitted an ordinance to his town’s board of trustees that would create America’s most unusual hunting license: It would permit hunting drones and confer a bounty for every one brought down. Only 12-gauge shotguns could be used as weapons, so the drones would have a sporting chance.

Wouldn’t the hunters be breaking federal law?

Of course. I wouldn’t be surprised if the feds are already watching Steele as a result of his rabble-rousing. But he isn’t dumb. “This is a very symbolic ordinance,” he told a local TV station. “Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way …. It’s asserting our right and drawing a line in the sand.” Actually, it’s more like drawing a line in the clouds. But you get the idea.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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    go Colorado!
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    The town council vote tied on the issue, so it goes to a resident vote in November....
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    So you are telling me that US drones are used in the US too. Of course The Security. Preemptive or whatever.
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    Oh my gosh. Really?? Wow. What has our government come to. And yeah, I know. People can be idiots. I suppose one of...
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    Drone actually showed up over one of my friends’ houses. He took pics and sent em around. I’m all for Colorado’s...
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    Drone bounty