FAA to Town: Please Don't Shoot Down Drones


thumb_tritoninflight3_1The Federal Aviation Administration felt the need to issue a statement Friday asking the general public not to shoot at drones flying over head as a small Colorado town is considering an ordinance urging townsfolk to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.

"Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane," the statement from the FAA read.

Officials from Deer Trail, Colo., are thinking about issuing $25 hunting licenses to shoot down drones. The town would even go further and award $100 to someone with a license who could provide proof that he shot down the drone.

FAA officials didn't wait long to put a stop to that. The FAA pointed out Friday that it's their job to determine who or what is allowed to fly over Deer Trail.

Phillip Steel of Deer Trail wrote the proposal and received 28 signatures on his petition. He said the hunters would target small civilian drones in fear the government was collecting surveillance on Deer Trail citizens.

He didn't seem too worried about the FAA's stance on his proposal.

"The FAA doesn't have the power to make a law," he told the Associated Press.

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