FAA Says You Shouldn't Shoot at Drones (We're Looking at You, Texas)

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That's good eatin'.

The Federal Aviation Administration has unveiled its official stance on Americans shooting at drones: You shouldn't do that. According to the Associated Press, the FAA announced today that anyone discharging a weapon at a drone runs the risk of causing it to crash, thus injuring people or property, thus risking prosecution or fines.

The agency was forced to take this bold public stand on the matter when a small town decided that it wanted to pass a law encouraging hunters to shoot unmanned aerial vehicles out of the sky. In what was a surprise to all involved, that town isn't even in Texas.

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"Is it illegal? Of course it is," Phillip Steel, resident of the Deer Trail farming community in Colorado, tells CNN. "But it's also illegal to spy on American citizens. If they fly in town, we will shoot them down."

Texas has been proactive in addressing drone concern, criminalizing their use for private surveillance. But Deer Trail has out-Texased the Lone Star State on this front. About 10 percent of Deer Trail's roughly 300 voters have signed a petition that would allow the sale of drone hunting permits for $25 apiece.

The FAA doesn't have authority to actually outlaw anything. They're just saying you could be penalized if the felled drone causes any damage. But this could open up a lot of new job opportunities. People could pay top dollar to hunt drones in their natural habitat, and there could be a booming industry of drone taxidermists. A mounted drone and bear arranged to look like they're fighting would be quite breathtaking.

Texas, we can do better.

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Yo uh gunz iz likes uh parachute. If use needs one, an' don' gots one, use'll prob'ly never needs one ag'in.


Come on folks, this here's Texas. Just spin a lasso o'er yer head and haul these little biscuit eaters down outta tha dadburn sky. It's a fine chance to practice yer fancy ropin' skills!

holmantx topcommenter

The best weapon against a drone is another drone.  Just mount a 10 ga. barrell underneath and have nose camera.

RTGolden1 topcommenter

Okay, so they can hunt drones.  Can they roll them in butter and crumbs and deep fry them?

Montemalone topcommenter

This is all well and good until some yahoo shoots down an alien scout ship and pisses off the invaders and next thing you know we're all speaking Romulan.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter


They are really not all that good eating as the shell is very tough and the insides are stringy and chewy, even if you use a pressure cooker.

They are a whole lot harder to hit than quail and partridge.


@Montemalone Not to worry, as the One True Shatner is still lives and can outwit any latex-faced freak this side of the Mutari Nebula.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter


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(Well it was supposed to be: "Death to the Romulan Scum" in Klingon.)

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