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Deer Trail drones: Debate for drone hunting license goes on, legal controversy

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Deer Trail drones are cause for great debate in the town, as the controversy surrounding the legality of drone-hunting licenses have been delayed once again due to a needed number of signatures. Although residents were expected to vote today over whether Deer Trail would be able to sell these permits, the session has since been postponed until April 2014, the Denver Post reports this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

These Deer Trail drones have been a source of controversy since this summer, after some citizens of the town believed that the hunting of these flying objects should be made legal because they believe the skies above their property should be treated as such — privately — and can be protected, even if that means using guns to shoot them down.

According to the city clerk, a minimum of 19 signatures were required for an official election to vote on the drone-hunting matter. The creator of the petition initially found 25 signatures, but four of them were rejected, and a pair of others was since challenged. However, at 18 signatures, the clerk thought there was enough support for the election.

Yet the delayed issue surrounding the Deer Trail drones continued, as both mayor and clerk decided to again delay the election based on a judge’s ruling regarding the petition’s needed number of signatures. It is now scheduled for an April 1, 2014, postponed election date.

The Board of Trustees was split three to three on an ordinance that would allow the hunting licenses back in August. What are your thoughts on this legality?



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