Town of Greenville, WI
Outagamie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Greenville 11-11-2013. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 141-1 Purpose.

This section is adopted to protect the health, safety and welfare of persons within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Greenville and to protect the safety of residential, commercial and industrial buildings located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Greenville.

§ 141-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A. 
Has the meaning used in § 939.22(10), Wis. Stats., and may include any instrument which by its capabilities of use is liable to produce death or great bodily harm. The following are dangerous per se: blackjack, billy club, sandbag, bludgeon, slingshot, slung shot, nunchaku consisting of two sticks of wood, metal, or plastic connected by a length of rope, cord, chain, or wire, pistol, revolver, any instrument which impels a missile by compressed air, spring or other means, any weapon upon which loaded or blank cartridges are used, electric weapons as defined by § 941.295, Wis. Stats., cross-knuckles, knuckles of any metal, barbed or blade-type arrowhead, Bowie knife, dirk, dagger, switchblade knife, or any knife which has a blade that may be drawn without the necessity of contact with the blade itself but is instead automatically opened by slight pressure on the handle or some other part of the knife and is commonly known as a "switchblade knife," straight-edge razor or any other knife having a blade three inches or longer. Instruments not herein specifically enumerated are nonetheless dangerous weapons when they fall within the terms of the above definition.
B. 
The term "dangerous weapon" shall not include antique firearms, as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 931(a)(16), nor those firearms which are incapable of being fired or discharged or which do not fire fixed ammunition, or those manufactured before 1898 for which cartridge ammunition is not commercially available, and which are possessed as curiosities or ornaments or for their historical significance or value.
FIREARM
Any weapon that acts under the force of gunpower.

§ 141-3 Carrying concealed weapons.

Section 941.23 of the Wisconsin Statutes is hereby adopted and made an offense punishable under this chapter.

§ 141-4 Short-barreled shotgun or rifle.

No person except a law enforcement officer or member of the armed forces shall transport, purchase, possess or go armed with a shotgun having one or more barrels having a length of less than 18 inches, measured from closed breech or bolt face to muzzle, or an overall length of less than 26 inches, or a rifle with one or more barrels having a length of less than 16 inches, measured from closed breech or bolt face to muzzle, or an overall length of less than 26 inches.

§ 141-5 Sale to minors.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of buying from or to sell or give away to any minor any weapon listed or defined as dangerous in § 141-2, except household purpose knives or knives having blades less than three inches.

§ 141-6 Possession by minors.

The statutory provisions of § 948.60, Wis. Stats., Possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, exclusive of any provisions therein relating to penalties to be imposed, are hereby adopted by reference and made a part of this section as if fully set forth herein. Acts required to be performed or acts prohibited by the statute are similarly required or prohibited by this section.

§ 141-7 Possession of pepper spray by minors.

It shall be unlawful for any minor to possess or go armed with a container or device that contains oleoresin of capsicum.

§ 141-8 Use of dangerous weapons near public parks.

The provisions of § 167.30, Wis. Stats., prohibiting the discharge of firearms, use of slingshot, bow and arrow and any other dangerous weapon within 40 rods of any public park, public square, or enclosure owned by any municipality on offense is punishable under this chapter.

§ 141-9 Endangering safety by use of a firearm.

Section 941.20 of the Wisconsin Statutes is hereby adopted relating to firearms only and made a punishable offense under this chapter.
A. 
These offenses shall include:
(1) 
Endangering safety by negligent operation or handling of a dangerous weapon;
(2) 
Operates or goes armed with a firearm while he or she is under the influence of an intoxicant;
(3) 
Operates or goes armed with a firearm while he or she has a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance in his/her blood without valid prescription;
(4) 
Intentionally points a firearm at or toward another;
(5) 
While on the lands of another, discharges a firearm within 100 yards of any building devoted to human occupancy without the express permission of the owner or occupant of the building; or
(6) 
Intentionally discharges a firearm from a vehicle on a highway as defined by § 340.12(22), Wis. Stats., or from a parking lot that is open to the public, and
(a) 
The person discharges the firearm towards another person; or
(b) 
The person discharges the firearm towards any building or vehicle.
B. 
This section is not applicable to law enforcement personnel.
C. 
A person under this chapter has a defense of self-defense or defense of others pursuant to § 939.48, Wis. Stats.

§ 141-10 Safe use and transportation of firearms and bows.

The provisions of § 167.31 of the Wisconsin Statues are hereby adopted and made an offense punishable under this chapter.

§ 141-11 Weapons-free school zones.

It shall be unlawful for any person except a law enforcement officer or member of the armed forces to carry, concealed or openly, either on his person or in a vehicle, any pistol, revolver, dagger, knife, slingshot, bludgeon, or any other dangerous and deadly weapon as defined in § 141-2 or discharge, display or use such weapon in or on the grounds of any school property within the Town of Greenville, except that possession of, or discharge of a firearm in a school zone is subject to the provisions of the Gun-Free School Zone Law set forth in § 948.605, Wis. Stats., or any amendments thereof.

§ 141-12 Dangerous weapons restricted in certain buildings.

A. 
No person other than a law enforcement officer may carry or possess a firearm or dangerous weapon in any building that is owned, occupied or controlled by the Town of Greenville or that is jointly owned, occupied or controlled by the Town of Greenville with any other governmental entity, including but not limited to the Town Hall, and Fire Station, Department of Public Works buildings, park buildings, and any and all other such municipal buildings, whether now in existence or later constructed, subject to the following:
(1) 
The building is posted with signs meeting the requirements of § 943.13, Wis. Stats.
(2) 
This section does not apply to a person carrying or possessing a dangerous weapon that leases residential or business premises in the building if the dangerous weapon is a weapon, as defined under § 175.60(1)(j), Wis. Stats.
(3) 
As set forth in § 141-17 of this section, the penalty for conviction of a violation of this section is as set forth in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville, except that if a person is convicted of a violation of this section resulting from the carrying of a concealed firearm and that person had a lawful permit to carry that firearm, then the forfeiture amount for any violation shall be set from time to time by ordinance in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
The Town Administrator is authorized and directed to have the proper signage required by § 943.13, Wis. Stats., posted for all municipal buildings where firearms and dangerous weapons are restricted.

§ 141-13 Securing of firearms.

The statutory provisions of § 948.55, Wis. Stats., Leaving or storing a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a child, exclusive of any provisions therein relating to penalties to be imposed, are hereby adopted by reference and made a part of this section as if fully set forth herein. Acts required to be performed or acts prohibited by the statute are similarly required or prohibited by this section.

§ 141-14 Violations and penalties. [1]

The forfeiture amount shall be as set from time to time by ordinance in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).