COLORADO SPRINGS – On Aug. 6, the Deer Trail Board of Trustees will consider an ordinance to sell licenses as part of a “bounty program,” authorizing the license holders to shoot down unmanned aircraft violating the town’s “sovereign airspace.”
Up until now, the small town’s claim to fame is holding the “Worlds very first Rodeo, on July 4, 1869.” Deer Trail is located 55 miles east of Denver, boasting a population of 546 people. With this pending legislation, the town could become an important benchmark in an ongoing debate on sovereignty.
In an article posted on the History of Deer Trail Facebook Page, Kathy Smiley summarized the proceedings.
“Phillip Steel presented his citizen’s initiative to the Deer Trail Board on July 2nd.” Even though this legislation is very serious to Mr. Steel, he received “a few chuckles from the Trustees and audience members” while making his presentation. “Steel did his due diligence on the seven-page ordinance, written in detailed legalese, set forth in seven sections,” to “defend the sovereign airspace of the town from unmanned aerial vehicles.”
Steel argues, “State and local governments throughout the country are talking about the fantastic possibilities of using unmanned aerial vehicles. It is time to take a stand against becoming a surveillance society.”
Another benefit of the ordinance – “it would generate revenue for the Town of Deer Trail.”Details