Town of Vernon, WI
Waukesha County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Vernon 1-6-1998 by Ord. No. 51 (Ch. 10 of the Town Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Adult-oriented establishments — See Ch. 105.
Animals — See Ch. 117.
Intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages — See Ch. 187.
Noise — See Ch. 221.
Nuisances — See Ch. 230.

§ 244-1 Adoption of statutory provisions.

The following define offenses against the peace and good order of the state and are adopted by reference to apply to the Town:
29.601
Noxious substances
110.075(7)
Producing/using inspection sticker fraudulently
134.06
Motor vehicle sales/bonus to chauffeur prohibited
134.66
Restrictions on sale or gift of cigarettes or tobacco products
173.10
Investigation of cruelty complaints
175.25
Illegal storage of junked vehicles
218.0146
Used cars/prohibited acts
218.0147
Purchase or lease of motor vehicle by minor
254.76
Causing fires by tobacco smoking
285.30(6)
Pollution by motor vehicle/failure to repair
939.05
Parties to crime
939.22
Words and phrases defined
939.32
Attempt
940.19(1)
Battery
941.10
Negligent handling of burning materials
941.12(2) and (3)
Interfering with or failing to assist in fire fighting
941.13
False alarms and interference with fire fighting
941.20(1)
Reckless use of weapon
941.23
Carrying concealed weapon
941.24
Possession of switchblade knife
943.01(1)
Criminal damage to property (less than $1,000)
943.07
Criminal damage to railroad
943.11
Entry into locked vehicle
943.125
Entry into locked coin box
943.13
Trespass to land
943.14
Criminal trespass to dwellings
943.20
Theft (less than $500)
943.21
Fraud on hotel or restaurant keeper ($500 or less)
943.22
Use of cheating tokens
943.23(2)
Operate auto without owner's consent
943.24
Issue of worthless checks
943.50
Shoplifting
944.15
Fornication
944.17
Sexual gratification
944.20
Lewd and lascivious behavior
944.21
Lewd, obscene or indecent matter, pictures, and performances
944.23
Making lewd, obscene or indecent drawings
944.30
Prostitution
944.31
Patronizing prostitutes
944.33
Pandering
944.34
Keeping place of prostitution
945.01
Definitions relating to gambling
945.02
Gambling
945.03
Commercial gambling
945.04
Permitting premises to be used for commercial gambling
946.40
Refusing to aid an officer
946.41
Resisting or obstructing an officer
946.42(1)
Escape
946.44
Assisting or permitting escape
946.69
Falsely assuming to act as a public officer
946.70
Impersonating a peace officer
946.72
Tampering with public records and notices
947.01
Disorderly conduct
947.012
Unlawful use of telephone
947.06
Unlawful assemblies
948.40
Contributing to delinquency of a child
948.51
Hazing
951.01 to 951.15
Crimes against animals
961.41(3g)(b)
Possession of marijuana
961.41(4)(bm)
Unlawful manufacture/delivery of controlled substance

§ 244-2 Use of firearms and bow and arrows.

[Amended 1-3-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-01]
A. 
Public policy. It is hereby declared necessary in the interest of public safety, health, and welfare, and for the protection of persons and property, that the shooting of firearms and bows and arrows be regulated within the Town of Vernon.
B. 
Definition. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOW AND ARROW
A compound bow, traditional bow (reserves, longbow), or crossbow, that is designed or used for purposes of shooting any carbon, wood, or aluminum arrow(s).
FIREARMS
A rifle of any caliber, shotgun of any gauge, hand gun, pistol, or revolver, but excludes BB guns and pellet guns.
C. 
Prohibited use of firearms and bow and arrows.
(1) 
No firearms shall be fired or shot within the Town of Vernon, except as provided in Subsection D and Subsection E. The provisions of this section, however, shall not be deemed to apply to any law enforcement, military, and National Guard personnel who discharge a firearm in the Town in the pursuit of their official duties.
(2) 
No bows and arrows shall be shot or discharged within the Town of Vernon except as provided in Subsection D, Subsection E, and Subsection I.
D. 
Permitted use of firearms and bows and arrows. Any property owner, occupant of real estate, or person having the written permission of the property owner or adult occupant of real estate, within the Town of Vernon, may use and shoot any firearms or bows and arrows, on premises owned or occupied by the user, or premises which are the subject of the written permission. Written permission shall include the date or dates on which permission is given, the date or dates for which permission is given, the type of firearm or bow and arrow allowed to be used and the signature of the person granting permission.
E. 
Shooting on Department of Natural Resources property. This section is not applicable to land owned or leased by the Department of Natural Resources and devoted to hunting.
F. 
Shooting near residences. Notwithstanding permission obtained from a property owner under Subsection D, no person shall shoot any firearms in the Town within 300 feet of any residential dwelling on any adjoining property or any other building devoted to human occupancy.
G. 
Shooting near road. Notwithstanding permission obtained from a property owner under Subsection D, the shooting of firearms from or across any public road or within 50 feet of the center line of said public road is prohibited.
H. 
Shooting of firearms as it relates to Town parks, hospitals and schools. Notwithstanding permission obtained from a property owner under Subsection D, no person shall shoot firearms in or within 660 feet of any Town park improved by structures or buildings or on or within 1,700 feet of any hospital property or school property within the Town.
I. 
Shooting of bows and arrows as it relates to Town parks, hospitals and schools. Notwithstanding permission obtained from a property owner under Subsection D, no person shall shoot a bow and arrow in or within 300 feet of any Town park improved by structures or buildings, unless as part of an organized Recreation Department activity, or on or within 300 feet of any hospital property or school property within the Town unless as part of an organized school activity.
J. 
Noise ordinance incorporated. Noise resulting from the discharge of any firearm within the Town shall be subject to the provisions of Town of Vernon Code § 221-3A.
K. 
Public nuisance regulations incorporated. Any public nuisance arising out of the discharge of any firearm in the Town will be subject to the provisions of Town of Vernon Code Chapter 230.

§ 244-2.1 Possession, manufacture, delivery and advertisement of drug paraphernalia.

[Added 4-15-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-04]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
As defined in § 961.571(1)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes, including all amendments, revisions, or renumbering that may be made thereto from time to time.
B. 
Determination.
(1) 
In determining whether an object is drug paraphernalia, the court or other authority shall consider, in addition to all other legally relevant factors, the following:
(a) 
Statements by an owner or by anyone in control of the object concerning its use.
(b) 
The proximity of the object, in time and space, to a direct violation of applicable laws and ordinances concerning controlled substances.
(c) 
The proximity of the object to controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
(d) 
The existence of any residue of controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.
(e) 
Direct or circumstantial evidence of the intent of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, to deliver it to persons whom he or she knows intend to use the object to facilitate a violation of statutes or ordinances pertaining to controlled substances.
(f) 
Instructions, oral or written, provided with the object concerning its use.
(g) 
Descriptive materials accompanying the object that explain or depict its use.
(h) 
Local advertising concerning its use.
(i) 
The manner in which the object is displayed for sale.
(j) 
Whether the owner, or anyone in control of the object, is a legitimate supplier of like or related items to the community, such as a licensed distributor or dealer of tobacco products.
(k) 
The existence and scope of legitimate uses for the object in the community.
(l) 
Expert testimony concerning its use.
(2) 
In determining whether an item is designed for a particular use, the court or authority shall consider the objective physical characteristics and design features of the object.
(3) 
In determining whether an item is primarily intended for a particular use, the court or other authority shall consider the subjective intent of the defendant.
C. 
Prohibited actions. Sections 961.573(1), 961.574(1) and 961.575(1), of the Wisconsin Statutes, including such amendments, revisions or renumbering as may be made thereto from time to time, are hereby adopted by reference, and the activities prohibited thereby are hereby prohibited by this section.

§ 244-3 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 11-21-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-1; 2-16-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-03]
Penalties for a violation of this chapter shall be as described in Chapter 1, § 1-10 of this Code.

§ 244-4 Enforcement.

This chapter shall be enforced in accordance with the provisions of § 66.0114 and Ch. 799, Wis. Stats.