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FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 2:51 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal aviation officials are warning that people who fire guns at drones could be prosecuted or fined.

A Federal Aviation Administration statement released Friday said firing guns at unmanned aircraft could cause them to crash, injuring people or damaging property.

The agency was responding to a proposed law in the tiny farming community of Deer Trail, Colo., that would grant hunting permits to shoot drones. The permits would cost $25 each.

The proposal would also encourage drone hunting by awarding $100 to anyone who presents a valid hunting license and identifiable pieces of drone that has been shot down. It's expected to come up for a vote next month.

The FAA said it is responsible for regulating the nation's airspace, including over cities and towns.

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