Hunters in Colorado are lining up for a hot new license giving them permission to shoot down government drones over the village of Deer Trail, Colorado, announces the NY Daily News.
The tongue-in-cheek effort to bring attention to governmental privacy invasion is the brain child of Phil Steel, an anti-surveillance activist who started the initiative in Deer Trail.
Steel admits he has never seen a drone hovering over Deer Trail yet.
The drone-shooting licenses are intended as a protest against government surveillance, but animal lovers will undoubtedly rejoice also in the knowledge that no animal will be harmed in this campaign.
Steel told KMGH TV. "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."
"They'll sell like hot cakes," said Steel. "It could be a huge moneymaker for the town." The drone-hunting licenses would cost $25.
"Even if a tiny percentage of people get online (for a) drone license…that's a lot of money to a small town like us," said Deer Trail resident David Boyd.
The Deer Trail election authorizing them is still a month away in October, and already about 1,000 people have applied for a license to “hunt” drones. Deer Trail’s total population is only about 500.
The novelty license promises a $100 ‘bounty’ to shooters who bring in debris from an unmanned aircraft ‘known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government, according to the Daily News.
Supporters openly admit that one of their main goals was to get Deer Trail some attention, and it appears it has already been highly successful in that aspect. The federal government issued a warning against shooting at drones.