With its elected leaders deadlocked, the residents of Deer Trail, Colo., now will vote on whether to legalize the nation’s first “drone-hunting” statute.
The town board Tuesday night split evenly, with three members voting “yes” and three voting “no” on an ordinance that would have made it legal to shoot drones out of the sky; licensed residents to become official drone hunters; and offered cash prizes of $100 for each unmanned craft brought down.
The ordinance now will appear on the November ballot, leaving the decision up to the town’s population of about 550.
Some Deer Trail officials and residents fear that the rise of domestic drones represents the end of personal privacy and the potential death of the Fourth Amendment. Like privacy groups and many others across the nation, those pushing the Deer Trail measure argue that citizens must resist the unprecedented surveillance capabilities brought by drones.