Adams County, WI
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Adams County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 267.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 275.
[Adopted 6-19-1984 by Ord. No. 13-1984]
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or fire any shotgun, rifle, pistol, fowling piece or firearm of any description from which shot, ball or balls, bullets, missiles, or rockets of any kind is or are expelled therefrom by the force of gas, compressed air, spring loaded, powder or other combustible matter within the territorial limits of any or all subdivisions, as defined below in § 206-4, except this section shall not apply to any law enforcement officer while in the performance of his duties and any town-, village- or city-sanctioned fireworks display.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Each of the articles or instruments mentioned in § 206-1 is hereby declared to be a dangerous weapon and the use thereof in the manner stated in said § 206-1 is declared to be against public policy and such use is prohibited under the power of the County to act for the health, safety and welfare of the public.
For every violation of this article there shall be imposed a forfeiture of not less than $25 nor more than $500 and, in the event of failure to pay such forfeiture, imprisonment in the County jail for a period not to exceed 90 days.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SUBDIVISION
A division of a lot, parcel or tract of land by the owner thereof or the owner's agent for the purpose of sale or of building development.
[Adopted 6-16-2015 by Ord. No. 07-2015]
This article is adopted pursuant to § 175.60, Wis. Stats., and shall become effective after enacted and publication as required by law. The provisions of § 175.60, Wis. Stats., are incorporated herein as if stated in full.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CARRY
To go armed with.
LICENSEE
An individual holding a valid license to carry a concealed weapon under § 175.60, Wis. Stats., or an out-of-state licensee per § 175.60(1)(f)1 and 2, Wis. Stats.
SIGN
A sign that states a restriction imposed hereunder and that is at least five inches by seven inches.
WEAPON
Includes, without limitation, any firearm (including a handgun), an electric weapon [as defined in § 941.295(1c)(a), Wis. Stats.], a knife (except a pocket knife with a blade less than 2.5 inches), a switchblade, a billy club, or any device designed or used as a weapon and capable of producing great bodily harm or death.[1]
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Neither a licensee, out-of-state licensee, nor any person may knowingly carry a concealed weapon, or a weapon that is not concealed, in any part of a building that is owned, occupied or controlled by the County, including but not limited to court, law enforcement, administration, health and human services, highway, storage facilities, County parks, solid waste, community center, or County fairgrounds buildings and any County-owned/leased vehicles. This prohibition does not apply to:
(1) 
Certified law enforcement officers, entitled to carry a weapon, while acting in their official capacity and with lawful authority.
(2) 
A person who leases residential or business premises in the building.
(3) 
A person if a firearm is in a non-County-owned or -leased vehicle driven or parked in the parking facility, or to any part of the building used as a parking facility.
B. 
County employees, contractors/subcontractors, agents and assigns are prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon, or a weapon that is not concealed, in the course of or during any part of their employment. This prohibition does not apply to:
(1) 
Certified law enforcement officers, entitled to carry a weapon, while acting in their official capacity and with lawful authority.
(2) 
An employee, who is a licensee, properly storing a weapon or ammunition in the employee's own motor vehicle, regardless of whether the motor vehicle is used in the course of employment or whether the motor vehicle is driven or parked on property used by the County.
(3) 
A judge who is a licensee carrying the weapon or if another licensee or out-of-state licensee, whom a judge has permitted in writing to carry a weapon, is carrying the weapon.
(4) 
A district attorney, or an assistant district attorney, who is a licensee carrying the weapon.
C. 
The County Property Committee shall review any request for a special event and place any restrictions on it as is deemed necessary. Organizers of any special event on County property may allow or prohibit any persons carrying or possessing a weapon from entering or remaining at the special event. This prohibition does not apply:
(1) 
To certified law enforcement officers, entitled to carry a weapon, while acting in their official capacity and with lawful authority.
(2) 
If the firearm is in a vehicle driven or parked in the parking facility, or to any part of the special event grounds or building used as a parking facility.
Notice to all persons of this article shall consist of signage, not less than five inches by seven inches in size, posted at all entrances to County buildings in prominent places, where persons can reasonably be expected to see the sign. Language shall be drafted and approved by the Adams County Corporation Counsel prior to ordering and posting said signs.
A. 
In addition to notice by signs as defined above, Adams County may install equipment at any and all entrances to County-owned property and/or employ security personnel to detect and/or disallow persons carrying weapons from entering County property.
B. 
County employees shall be additionally notified through amendments to the County's personnel and administrative policies and/or employee handbooks.
C. 
Notice for any special event covered herein shall be by posting a sign located in a prominent place near all of the entrances to the special event, such that any individual attending the special event can be reasonably expected to see the sign.
A. 
This article is intended to be consistent with, and cannot supersede, state law or federal law.
B. 
Reference to the Wisconsin Statutes herein includes such statutes now existing or hereafter amended.
Violation of this article shall be subject to the following penalties:
A. 
As applicable, referral to law enforcement or the District Attorney for prosecution, including a fine of up to $500 under §§ 175.60(17) and 943.13, Wis. Stats., or any other applicable statutes.
B. 
For County employees, discipline up to and including discharge from employment.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).