Fearful that the implementation of drones over U.S. soil will eliminate the last vestiges of privacy Americans have?
This is the sentiment of residents of a small Colorado town, 55 miles east of Denver, that seek to give licensed bounty hunters authorization to shoot down unmanned aircraft that violates its "sovereign airspace," the Daily Caller reported
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Residents in the 546-person town of Deer Trail, Colo. have circulated a six page petition that, citing the threat posed by overhead surveillance, describes drones as a threat to "traditional American ideas of Liberty and Freedom" enjoyed by the town's "ranchers, farmers, cowboys and Indians, as well as contemporary citizens."
Consequently, such use of a drone overhead would be viewed as an act of war, the petition claims.
To deal with the perceived intrusion, the petition proposes giving licensed bounty hunters a one-year drone-hunting license for $25.
There are, however, rules of engagement that accompany the license.
Applicants must be 21 or older and are restricted to using only shotguns, 12-gauge or smaller, with a barrel length of 18 inches or longer. Such hunters would also have to fire lead, steel or depleted uranium rounds at the object no more than three times over a two-hour period.
If successful, the bounty hunter would receive $25 from the town for bringing in the wings or the fuselage of a downed aircraft, and $100 for mostly intact vehicles, the Daily Caller noted.
To be eligible for a reward, the wreckage must have "markings, and configuration … consistent with those used by the United States federal government," the petition reads.
The ordinance, which will be considered by the town council on Aug. 6, was drafted by Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel.
"We do not want drones in town," Steel told local ABC News affiliate, The Denver Channel.
"They fly in town, they get shot down."
When asked by the reporter if he had ever seen a drone overhead in Dear Trail, Steel said "no."
"This is a very symbolic ordinance," Steel said. "Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way."
The ordinance's drafter also acknowledged the potential profits for the town.
"They'll sell like hot cakes. It could be a huge moneymaker for the town," Steel added.
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