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Colorado Town Declares Open Season On Federal Drones

July 19, 2013 by  

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is going after people who shoot domestic surveillance and reconnaissance drones out of the sky, reacting to word that people are organizing bounties that reward anyone who turns up with the dismantled scraps of any unmanned aircraft they’ve successfully taken down.

The move is likely a pre-emptive show of power to curb a precedent set by the small Colorado town of Deer Trail, where privacy advocates are preparing an ordinance that, if approved by town leaders, would establish a municipally paid bounty of up to $100 to residents and nonresidents alike for every Federal drone they take out of commission. All that would be required is a $25 annual “drone-hunting license,” issued by the town, permitting bounty hunters to declare open season on drones anywhere within Deer Trail airspace.

It’s highly illegal, and the ordinance’s main proponent, Phillip Steel, knows it.

“Is it illegal? Of course it is,” Steel told CNN. “But it’s also illegal to spy on American citizens. If they fly in town, we will shoot them down.”

Steel wrote the ordinance himself, which sets rules on what kinds of firearms can and can’t be used, as well as a number of other parameters that seem to combine humor (such as forcing people who shoot down’ a child’s RC helicopter by mistake to reimburse the cost — unless it was flying above their own property) with a serious-minded statement about what it means to be a free American.

The town clerk told The Daily Caller that a petition to bring the ordinance to a vote had collected “way more” signatures than required under the law. The Deer Trail town board of trustees will take up the ordinance at its Aug. 6 regular meeting. The clerk said the board is actually considering passing the ordinance outright.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • pat ange

    Thanks for taking a stand for Americans. We have a president who thinks he has a right to decide who should live or die.EGYPT had a muslim pres. who got into office on a platform of lies. Once in office he did away with their CONSTITUSION AND MILITARY[LIKE Obama} Became a DICTATOR as BO wants be to be to the U.S. B.O. is a complete Disgrace to America; all over the world. Everywhere he goes, he is greeted by protesters and hecklers. We need leaders who will show us the LEGAL WAY to IMPEACH OBAMA. AMERICA WANTS ITS COUNTRY BACK.

    • Charlie

      Deer Trail is only exercising it’s Posse Comitatus “Rights” ,,,but,,, they better make sure they have their “Authority of Law” (Jurisdiction) well educated into the minds of ALL Posse members… That “Authority of Law”
      has to be long standing American Law,,,which,,, means it can only be , The Bible or Declaration of Independence in with The Constitution,,, and ,,, knowing what I know I dare say the people know little to Nothing about Acts 2:38……………………………….

      • Frank Kahn

        And you know little to nothing about salvation.

        • Charlie

          Well,,, tell us what salvation means??? Saved from what ,
          who, when etc ???

          • TeeCee

            Salvation means SAVING OURSELVES from ANYONE or ANYTHING that may try to ENSLAVE us at ANYTIME…..

          • TeeCee

            Salvation means SAVING OURSELVES from ANYONE or ANYTHING that may try to ENSLAVE us at ANYTIME…..

          • Charlie

            Give Scriptures that “Authorizes” Self salvation Without The Blood of King Jesus Christ……………………..

    • guy r west

      this i totly agree with and yes like so many others i want my country back and this imberasment out as well as those who stand with him Its our country IF they dont like it ide love to see them leave

  • Brinkman

    This sounds like a hellva idea to me.
    We all should do this.
    Then Obummer would realy cry and stomp his feet

  • Quester55

    O.K., When will we Get the Order to refer to each other as, Comrade ? Is this why Obama is Bringing over 12,000 Russian?Muslims MILITARY to help ” KEEP THE PEACE”, on American Soil,??

  • jesusknight

    Good for you! Take ‘em down!!

  • justus brother

    Can I order a license over the internet or can I get one via snail mail?

  • Falino

    When I was reading this, I was thinking: ‘this shooting down of drones is illegal’
    And then Phillip Steel says of course it is, but so is spying on American citizens, and I go ‘Oh yeah, he’s right! Why do I have all this respect for the law? Why should we be bound by the law while they’re not? I guess with the current leadership it’s whatever you can get away with. Shoot’em down boys!


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