Thursday, April 3, 2014

Colorado man wants right to shoot down drones

Phillip Steel is asking politicians in Deer Trail, Colorado, to pass a bylaw offering a bounty of $100 for shooting down government drones.
Steel says it would be a symbolic protest against government snooping by the town’s 563 residents.
He drafted a proposal after hearing a radio news report that the federal government is drafting a plan to integrate drones into civilian airspace.
The Federal Aviation Administration warns that anyone who does shoot down a government drone could face criminal or civil litigation.
 “That plan is a taking of property rights, a taking of civil rights,” said Steel, 49, who wears a black duster coat and a cowboy hat, says a Bloomberg news report.

“According to a 1964 Supreme Court decision, a property owner owns airspace up to 1,000 feet above the ground,” Steel says.