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New FAA Warning to Public: Don't Shoot Drones
Agency says it's illegal to go blasting at objects in the sky
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2013 6:11 PM CDT
File photo of a law-enforcement drone in Mesa County, Colo.   (Anonymous)

(Newser) – People who fire guns at drones are endangering the public and property and could be prosecuted or fined, the FAA warned today. Why the weird pronouncement? It's in response to questions about an ordinance under consideration in the tiny farming community of Deer Trail, Colo., that would encourage hunters to shoot down drones. The administration reminded the public that it regulates the nation's airspace, including the airspace over cities and towns.

"Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane," it says. Under the proposed ordinance, Deer Trail would grant hunting permits to shoot drones, and even provide financial incentives to do so. Backers say they have enough signatures to require local officials to formally consider the proposal at a meeting next month. Town officials would then have the option of adopting the ordinance or putting it on the ballot in an election this fall.

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Bombasticblast760
Jul 22, 2013 10:50 AM CDT
HA! HA! HA! You can try to shoot the drones down, but more will keep coming to watch you live out your boring lives! Big brother is watching you! And...he is really bored.
Who_Cares
Jul 21, 2013 2:59 AM CDT
So what they saying is, they can shoot at us but we can't shoot at them. Interesting, this reminds me the movie Terminator with Arnold.
MarkFL
Jul 20, 2013 6:30 PM CDT
Are we 100% certain that a crazy hick, er, I mean, civilian resident of Deer Trail, Colorado can tell the difference between a manned and unmanned aircraft?