Deer Trail, Colorado, population 500, is putting forth a proposal to make itself a national attraction for gun enthusiasts and people skeptical of government surveillance. Citizens on Oct. 8 will vote on whether to issue permits to hunt drone aircraft.
The initiative’s architect insists it’s a symbolic stand against government surveillance.
“These are not big drones you see on TV that look like airplanes. These are little 55-pound things that can come right down into your land,” said Phillip Steel, a traveling structural inspector.
Steel got the idea after seeing news reports about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying efforts. “Do we really want to become a surveillance society? That’s what I find really repugnant,” Steel said.
The measure drew a stern warning from Washington, which is considering several regions — most of them in Colorado and other Western states — where civilians can use drones on an experimental basis.