The Federal Aviation Administration announced that shooting at government drones could result in fines and criminal offenses, after a Colorado town released an ordinance that would allow drone hunting.
The ordinance, if approved, would permit the residents of Deer Trail, Colorado to shoot at drones and would reward drone hunters with $100 if they presented pieces of the drones they shot, according to RT.com.
Phillip Steel, a resident of the small farming Deer Trail community, drafted the ordinance and introduced it to the town’s governing board, according to Fox News.
"I want to take a stand against the coming surveillance society that seems to be rushing in on us," Steel said.
Steel added that he thinks the government drones perpetuate the community’s movement toward a surveillance society.
"We do not want drones in town. They fly in town, they get shot down," he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s statement warned that shooting at drones could cause damage to federal property and could harm people on the ground.
"(A drone) hit by gunfire could crash, causing damage to persons or property on the ground, or it could collide with other objects in the air,” the statement said. “Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane."
Steel said the ordinance — which will be considered in August by town officials — is mostly a symbolic measure.
The town board would have the ability to approve the ordinance themselves or to put it up for a vote in the town’s fall elections.
The Federal Aviation Administration has the power to regulate all civil aviation.