[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ledgeview 1-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board finds that the Town, possessing both urban and rural characteristics, contains areas that differ greatly in the degree to which firearm discharge and other weapons use is appropriate from a standpoint of public safety, peace and good order. This section is hereby established to protect the public health, safety and welfare by establishing regulations for the carrying and discharge of certain weapons.
No person shall discharge any firearm or other regulated weapon in the Town of Ledgeview unless for the purpose of security, defense, hunting or recreation or other lawful purpose.
Lawful discharge of weapons for hunting or recreation shall occur only on those lands designated for such use under the Hunting Overlay Map, established under § 129-3 below, or upon the grounds of a recreational sport shooting facility.
No child under the age of 18 shall bear any firearm or other weapon in the Town of Ledgeview except under the circumstances set forth under § 948.60(3), Wis. Stats. Any parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 who knowingly or by negligent supervision permits a violation of this subsection by their child or ward is also in violation of this section.
Section 167.31, Wis. Stats., and any future amendments thereto is hereby adopted and incorporated as if fully set forth herein. If there are any conflicts between the definitions set forth in this chapter and § 167.31(1), Wis. Stats., the definitions provided in § 167.31(1), Wis. Stats., shall control with regard to interpreting this subsection.
Hunting overlay districts are hereby established as follows and areas of the Town subject to such districts shall be shown on a Hunting Overlay Map hereby adopted and kept on file with the Town Clerk and Zoning Administrator. The districts established by this chapter are in addition to any other state or local laws governing hunting and shall not be construed to supersede private property rights to exclude or prohibit any activities on private land. Amendments to district regulations or to the Hunting Overlay Map shall be made according to the same procedures as a change of zoning under Chapter 135 of this Code. All new subdivisions shall be added to District Three under Subsection C.
District One — (D1). Discharging firearms, bows, or any other lawful weapon or device shall be allowed.
District Two — (D2). Discharge of firearms is prohibited, however, a bow and arrow or other weapon launching a projectile at a maximum muzzle velocity capable of 400 feet per second may be discharged.
District Three - (D3). No discharge of any weapon that launches a projectile of any kind shall be allowed, except that an arrow or bolt from a bow or crossbow may be discharged subject to the following conditions:
[Amended 6-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-010]
The discharge is solely for the purpose of hunting in accordance with all state laws and regulations.
Neither the discharge or flight of the projectile occurs within 100 yards of any building located on the property of another unless the property owner has granted permission to discharge a bow or crossbow within 100 yards of the building.
The discharge occurs from a tree stand, hilltop or other raised position, with the arrow or bolt directed in a downward trajectory such that the arrow or bolt will fly directly into the ground if it misses its target.
District Four — (D4). The regulations of the D2 district apply, however, shotguns may also be discharged for the purpose of hunting migratory birds and waterfowl.
[Added 10-3-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-012]
The prohibitions set forth in § 175.60(16), Wis. Stats., are hereby adopted and incorporated as if fully set forth herein.
The prohibitions set forth in Subsection B shall not be effective until signs meeting the requirements of § 943.13(2)(bm)1, Wis. Stats., are posted prominently at all entrances of such buildings providing notice of said restrictions. The Town Clerk is hereby directed to erect such signage.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to prohibit a peace officer or armed forces or military personnel armed in the line of duty or any person duly authorized by the Town Board to possess a firearm or weapon in any public building. Notwithstanding § 939.22(22), Wis. Stats., for purposes of this subsection, "peace officer" does not include a commission warden who is not a state-certified commission warden.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the carrying of any firearm or dangerous weapon contrary to §§ 941.23 or 941.235, Wis. Stats.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A permanent structure used for human occupancy and includes
a manufactured home as defined in § 101.91(2), Wis. Stats.[Added 6-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-010]
- A rifle or handgun of any caliber, a shotgun of any gauge, muzzle loader or any other weapon which expels a projectile by the explosive force of ignited gunpowder, compressed air or compressed gas of a type or speed that may cause substantial bodily harm or worse.
- LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- Law enforcement officer shall have the meaning set forth
in § 165.85(2)(c), Wis. Stats.[Added 10-3-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-012]
- OTHER WEAPON
- Any device by which a projectile may be launched of a type
or at a speed that is likely to cause substantial bodily harm or worse,
including but not limited to a bow, crossbow or slingshot or any other
object that meets the definition of "dangerous weapon" under § 939.22(10),
Wis. Stats.[Amended 10-3-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-012]
- RECREATIONAL SPORT SHOOTING FACILITY
- Any facility where firearms or other weapons are discharged pursuant to a valid conditional use permit issued under Chapter 135, Zoning.
- SUBSTANTIAL BODILY HARM
- Any bodily injury that causes a laceration that requires stitches, staples, or a tissue adhesive; any fracture of a bone; a broken nose; a burn; a temporary loss of consciousness, sight or hearing; a concussion; or a loss or fracture of a tooth.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter is subject to a forfeiture in the amount no less than $200 and not to exceed $1,000 for each offense.