Pierce County, WI
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Pierce County by Ord. No. 82-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 176.

§ 195-1 Statutory authority.

[Amended 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06; 12-18-2001 by Ord. No. 01-20]
This chapter is adopted pursuant to authority granted by §§ 59.51, 59.54(6) and 895.527, Wis. Stats.

§ 195-2 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of this community and to protect, safeguard and regulate the public use of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range.

§ 195-3 Definitions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 82-17]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ANY AREA
The parking lot area plus the shooting range proper.
BERM
A continuous bank of earth located directly behind each target frame.
CLAY PIGEON
A saucer-shaped target usually made of baked clay and pitch and thrown from a trap in skeet and trap shooting.
DISCHARGE
To cause a projectile to be expelled from.[1]
FERMENTED MALT BEVERAGE
Any liquid capable of being used for beverage purposes made by the alcoholic fermentation of an infusion in potable water of barley malt and hops, with or without unmalted grains or degerminated grains or sugar, containing 1/2 of 1% of alcohol or more by volume.
FIREARM
A weapon from which a projectile is expelled by gunpowder or by any other means.
INTOXICATING LIQUOR
All distilled or vinous liquors containing 1/2 of 1% of alcohol or more by volume.
OPERATE
To drive or to be in actual physical control of a vehicle.
PARK
The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not.
PARKING LOT AREA
That area located south of the township road and that triangular area located north of the township road bounded by the township road on the south side and bounded by a fence on the north and east sides.
PROJECTILE
A body projected by external force and continuing in motion by its own inertia.
RANGE INDICATORS
Officially established target tables and pistol range barricades and concrete pads.
SHOOTING RANGE PROPER
The entire area less the parking lot area.[2]
TARGET FRAME
A framework of wood designed for the affixation of paper targets and located in a direct line between a range indicator and its respective berm.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including a snowmobile.
[1]
Editor's Note: The definition of "dusk," which followed this definition, as amended, was deleted 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06.
[2]
Editor's Note: The definition of "sunrise," which followed this definition, was deleted 4-17-2001 by Ord. No. 00-15.

§ 195-4 Destruction of county property unlawful.

It is unlawful for any person to destroy, molest or deface any natural growth or natural or archaeological feature or any county property on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range and to enter or be in any building installation or area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range that may be locked or closed to public use or contrary to posted notice.

§ 195-5 Destruction of property of others unlawful.

It is unlawful for any person to destroy, molest or remove the property of others on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range.

§ 195-6 Permitted uses.

[Amended 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06]
Target shooting from range indicators to officially established target frames backed by berms is a permitted use. Any and all other uses or practices are prohibited, except as provided in § 195-7.

§ 195-7 Prohibited uses.

[Amended by Ord. No. 82-17; 87-5; 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06; 12-18-2001 by Ord. No. 01-20]
The following uses are prohibited:
A. 
Shooting at any moving target, whether clay pigeons or any other objects. However, this prohibition shall not apply to use of reactive targets by law enforcement officers as defined in § 165.85(2), Wis. Stats., members of the U.S. Armed Forces or private security persons as defined at § 440.26(1m), who meet all the requirements of §167.31 (4)(a) 4., Wis. Stats.
B. 
Discharging a firearm by any person on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range at any time other than the hours established pursuant to § 195-9.
C. 
Use of fully automatic weapons operated on fully automatic or burst mode. However, this prohibition shall not apply to the use of fully automatic weapons on fully automatic or burst mode by law enforcement officers as defined in § 165.85(2), Wis. Stats; members of the U.S. Armed Forces; or private security persons as defined at § 440.26(1m), Wis. Stats., who meet all of the requirements of § 167.31 (4)(a) 4, Wis. Stats.

§ 195-8 Fires.

It is unlawful for any person to start, tend or maintain any fire or to burn any refuse on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range.

§ 195-9 Hours.

[Amended by Ord. No. 87-5; 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06; 12-18-2001 by Ord. No. 01-20]
It is unlawful for any person to be present upon any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range at any time other than during regular scheduled hours when the shooting range is open to the public, as posted in accord with § 195-18. This prohibition shall not apply, however, to law enforcement officers, as defined in § 165.85 (2), Wis. Stats., a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a private security person as defined in § 440.26 (1m) who meets all of the requirements of § 167.31 (4)(a) 4, Wis. Stats., nor shall it apply to the shooting range attendant or other agents or employees of the County charged with the performance of official duties or responsibilities relative to its operation.

§ 195-10 Hunting.

No person shall take, catch, kill, hunt, trap, pursue or otherwise disturb any wild animals or birds in any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range.

§ 195-11 Consumption of intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverage prohibited.

No person shall consume any intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverage on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range.

§ 195-12 Noise.

It is unlawful for any person to operate on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range any sound truck, loudspeaker, motor, motor vehicle or other device that produces undue or unnecessary noises without first obtaining a written consent from the county or its duly authorized agency.

§ 195-13 Parking.

No person shall park, stop or leave standing, whether attended or unattended, any vehicle in any manner as to block, obstruct or limit the use of any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range.

§ 195-14 Peddling and soliciting.

It is unlawful for any person to peddle or solicit business of any nature whatever, or to distribute handbills or other advertising matter, to post unauthorized signs on any lands, structures or property on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range or to use such lands, structures or property as a base of commercial operations for soliciting or conducting business, peddling or providing services within or outside of such lands, structures or property unless first authorized in writing by the county or its duly authorized agents.

§ 195-15 Pets.

It is unlawful for any person to suffer his or her pet or domestic livestock to be upon the shooting range proper. Pets in the parking lot area shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than eight feet long. No person shall suffer his or her pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others.

§ 195-16 Refuse.

It is unlawful for any person to discard or leave any refuse, sewage or other waste material on the ground on any area of the Pierce County Public Shooting Range or to dispose of any such refuse or waste material in any manner except by placing it in receptacles or other authorized locations provided for such purposes.

§ 195-17 Traffic.

No person shall operate or park any unauthorized vehicle upon the shooting range proper or contrary to posted notice.

§ 195-18 Exceptions.

Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit or hinder the county's duly authorized agents or any peace officer from performing his or her official duties.

§ 195-19 Adoption of regulations and limitations on use of shooting range to be posted.

[Added 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06]
A. 
The Pierce County Shooting Range Committee shall approve of and from time to time amend regulations for use of the shooting range, including but not limited to hours and days of operations.
B. 
No person shall enter upon or use the shooting range in any manner, which is in conflict with this chapter, nor contrary to posted regulations prepared pursuant to the authority of the Pierce County Shooting Range Committee.
C. 
The regulations regarding operations between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. shall not apply to law enforcement officers as defined in § 165.85(2)(c), a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a private security person as defined in §440.26(1m) who meets all of the requirements of § 167.31(4)(a) 4.

§ 195-20 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06]
Any person who violates this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a forfeiture of not more than $200 together with the costs of prosecution and penalty assessment and, in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs, shall be subject to imprisonment in the County jail until such forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceed 30 days.