[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Fredonia as Secs. 11-2-1 to 11-2-3 and 11-2-13 of the 1995 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Discharge of firearms regulated. No person, except a police officer or other law enforcement officer in the performance of an official duty, shall fire or discharge any firearm, rifle, spring gun, air gun or pneumatic pellet gun, bow or cross bow of any description within the Village of Fredonia.
Shooting into Village limits. No person shall in the territory adjacent to the Village discharge any firearm in such manner that the discharge shall enter or fall within the Village.
Shooting ranges. This section shall not prevent the maintenance and use of duly supervised rifle or pistol ranges or shooting galleries approved by the Village Board where proper safety precautions are taken.
Explosive devices. No person shall discharge or detonate any dynamite, nitroglycerin or other explosive within the Village without first obtaining a permit to do so from the Village Board.
Hunting prohibited. Discharging a firearm while hunting is prohibited within the corporate limits of the Village of Fredonia.
[Amended 3-6-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-03]
Definitions. For purposes of this section, a firearm is defined as any instrumentality from or with which a shot, bullet or pellet may be discharged or expelled, regardless of whether the propelling force is provided by air, spring or other similar mechanical device, or gunpowder.
Concealed weapons prohibited.
No person shall, within the Village, wear or in any manner carry under his clothes or conceal upon or about his person any deadly or dangerous weapon, provided this subsection shall not apply to a peace officer or such persons as may be authorized to carry such weapons.
"Dangerous weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, or any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm, or any other device or instrumentality which, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
Concealed weapons in public establishments. No person shall carry or be possessed of a dangerous weapon in any public building or business establishment open to the public except a bona fide weapons repair, display, or sales establishment, unless such dangerous weapon is so stored and concealed (other than on the person) so as not to be readily accessible to any person or patron. This subsection shall not apply to peace officers or others duly authorized by law acting within the scope of their duties. This subsection shall not be construed to prohibit the sale, purchase, repair or trade of firearms by a retail business establishment doing so in the course of its regular business in accord with state and federal law, nor to hinder a prospective customer from attempting to buy, sell, or trade firearms to or from a retailer.
Specific concealed weapons prohibited. No person, except a sheriff, constable, police officer or other law enforcement officer acting within the scope of his duties, shall carry or wear concealed about his person any pistol, revolver, firearm, sling shot, crossknuckle of lead, brass or other materials, bowie knife, switchblade, dirk, or dagger or any other dangerous or deadly weapon within the Village.
Possession, sale, and manufacture of certain weapons prohibited.
No person shall sell, manufacture, purchase, possess, or carry a "numchuk" (also called a "nunchaku") or a "churkin" or a "sucbai" or similar weapon within the Village of Fredonia.
For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
- A round throwing knife consisting of several sharp points protruding from a rounded disc.
- NUMCHUK or NUNCHAKU
- An instrument consisting of two or more sticks, clubs, or rods connected by a rope, cord, wire, or chain.
- A short length of wood or metal or similar material which, when gripped in the hand, protrudes on either side of the fist. Such prohibited instrument may or may not have spikes or short pointed protrusions from either end.
Any such device shall be seized by a law enforcement officer and destroyed or turned over to the State of Wisconsin Crime Laboratory for destruction.
Compliance with State Act 35. All components of Subsections A, B and C must be in compliance with Wisconsin State Act 35. Any items that do not comply shall be considered null and void.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-2-3, Safe use and transportation of firearms and bows, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I); see § 425-1A for adoption of statute regulating safe use and transportation of firearms and bows.
[Amended 3-6-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-03]
Except as provided in Subsection B hereof, no person shall throw, shoot or propel any arrow, stone or other missile or projectile at any person, building or other object within the Village of Fredonia, provided the Board may issue permits to an organized archery club or an archer to engage in target practice within the Village at times and places designated by the Village Marshal.
A person may hunt with a bow and arrow or crossbow within the Village, subject to the following restrictions:
No such hunting is permitted on public property.
No such hunting is permitted within 100 yards of any building used for human occupancy located on another person's land unless the person who owns the land on which the building is located allows the hunter to hunt within 100 yards of the building.
No such hunting is permitted unless the arrow or bolt is discharged toward the ground.