SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
by Colin Neagle, courtesy Open Source Community —
Announcing bluntly that “we do not want drones in this town,” Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel says that, although he has never seen a drone flying in the town, if “they fly in town, they get shot down.”
The proposed ordinance mandates a $25 fee for drone hunting licenses in the town and sets specific “rules of engagement” for hunting the aerial robots. However, drone hunters in Deer Trail stand to earn a $100 reward for a successfully destroyed drone, the ordinance suggests.
Steel says the proposed ordinance is more “symbolic” than practical, and he used the publicity to voice his opposition to surveillance in general.
“I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are headed that way,” Steel said, according to ABC7.
So far, Steel’s proposal has earned support from local government leaders.
“Even if a tiny percentage of people get online (for a) drone license, that’s cool,” said David Boyd, a board member in Deer Trail, according to ABC7. “That’s a lot of money to a small town like us. Could be known for it as well, which probably might be a mixed blessing, but what the heck.”
Town clerk Kim Oldfield also reportedly suggested hosting a drone-hunting event in the town, “a skeet, fun-filled festival.”
According to 2011 U.S. census data, Deer Trail is home to 559 people, up from 546 in 2010.
Steel is hardly the first person to express a desire to shoot down domestic drones, which have launched a nationwide debate over privacy and security. Steve Ingley, executive director of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, said at an event in March that armed citizens worried about spying may very well start shooting down drones themselves, and encouraging others to do so as well.
“At this point, the first person who shoots down a [drone] will be a hero,” Ingley said.
Meanwhile, people in Texas have already started firing at them.
Thank you, TiA