FAA tells Colorado residents not to shoot at drones or risk fines, jail

By Megan Carpentier
Saturday, July 20, 2013 17:51 EDT
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Deer Trail Mayor Frank Fields with a shotgun (KMGH)
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The Federal Aviation Administration responded negatively on Friday to a proposal by the Colorado town of Deer Tail to license hunters to shoot down drones. In a statement, it warned that anyone shooting at either a manner or unmanned aircraft “could result in criminal or civil liability,” according to the Associated Press.

Deer Trail’s own Phillip Steel has already reportedly collected enough signatures to put his proposed drone-shooting measure on the ballot. In the proposal, the town would issue licenses — for a fee — to shoot at drones with shotguns and anyone who turns in a shot-down drone belonging to the United States government would be eligible for a $100 bounty (parts could net successful hunters $25). The drones used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service, which does use them to patrol the border with Mexico, cost around $18 million a piece.

Local officials told KMGH’s Amanda Kost that they didn’t expect anyone to be able to successfully down a drone with a shotgun, but did hope that the licenses would bring in some tourists for the novelty of buying one.

Watch video about the FAA’s statement, courtesy of Fox News, below:

[Image via KMGH]

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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