FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones in response to Deer Trail's proposal

WASHINGTON - In response to the town of Deer Trial's proposal to create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles, the Federal Aviation Administration is warning people they can be prosecuted or fined for shooting at drones.

An FAA statement released Friday said firing guns at unmanned aircraft could cause them to crash, injuring people or damaging property.

The proposed ordinates states, "The Town of Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and the following identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government."

Under the proposal, hunting permits for drones would cost $25 each.

The board is scheduled to consider the ordinance on Aug. 6

7NEWS Reporter Amanda Kost asked Deer Trail resident, Phillip Steel who drafted the ordinance, "Have you ever seen a drone flying over your town?"

"No," Steel responded. "This is a very symbolic ordinance. Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way."

The FAA said it is responsible for regulating the nation's airspace, including over cities and towns.

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