DEER TRAIL, Colo. — Nearly a month after the town of Deer Trail agreed to let voters decide whether or not to allow hunting licenses for drones to be sold, an uproar is growing after some certificates are already being sold online.
The ordinance, which is scheduled to be voted on in October, would allow Deer Trail to sell licenses for $25 to allow anyone to shoot down unmanned aircraft while inside the town’s limits but under certain conditions.
After receiving complaints from citizens of Deer Trail, the town council has agreed to hold an additional meeting in mid-September to determine the date for a special election.
The special election is currently scheduled for October 8th, 2013 but some citizens argue the vote is being held too early and without proper procedures being followed.
The idea, which has made headlines across the globe, is largely seen as a novelty idea to generate publicity for the small rural community.
However, a novelty certificate appears to already be on sale on a website droneshooters.com.
The certificates are currently being sold by a private company aren’t an actual endorsement from the town’s council.
However they do contain a line for the town mayor to sign the document and each are individually numbered.
Just got off the phone with the creator of Deer Trail's drone ordinance who says he's sold about 100 licences already. Meeting at 7 tonight
— Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) September 3, 2013
When news about the website spread, some citizens became angry that the certificates were being made available one month before the town was set to vote on the idea in the first place.
There are reports that some citizens will call for the mayor and other council members to resign over the handling of the drone debate.
Thursday night’s council meeting is set to begin at 7p.m. in Deer Trail.