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Hundreds pay their final respects to Otis McDonald

Some of the most influential people in the Second Amendment movement, including the head of the National Rifle Association (NRA), came to South Suburban Harvey last week for the homegoing celebration for Otis McDonald, who died on April 4 after battling cancer.

McDonald, 80, became a household name in June of 2010 when he defeated the City of Chicago in the U.S. Supreme Court, thus, striking down the city’s ban on handguns, which had been in place for nearly three decades.

In addition to being a hero to millions of Americans, McDonald was remembered as a favorite uncle, father, grandfather, friend, and a kind Southern gentleman, who was feisty and courageous for what he believed in and supported. ...

Read the whole story here  from The Chicago Crusader

Posted Fri Apr 18 22:22:12 CDT 2014

IGOLD 2014 Raffle Winners

1st prize – Ruger 1911 .45 Engraved – 0588

2nd prize – Ruger LCR .38 revolver – 5327

3rd prize – Ruger LCP .380 pistol – 6629

4th prize – Tactical Flashlight – 2587

All firearm winners have been notified and the flashlight was mailed to winner.

Posted Thu Apr 10 12:05:10 CDT 2014

Wisconsin Department of Justice Announces Reciprocity with Illinois CCL Permit Holders!

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, those with Illinois concealed carry permits are now recognized in Wisconsin.

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Posted Mon Apr 7 19:08:09 CDT 2014

Otis McDonald Did The Right Thing

CHICAGO, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association regarding the passing of Otis McDonald:

It would have been understandably easy for Otis McDonald to just kick back and enjoy his golden years. Nobody would have blamed Otis one bit for wanting to savor the intangible riches that a long and eventful life has to offer – time with family and a good chuckle or two with friends. It would certainly be fair for one to ask why the heck a man in his seventies would want to launch a challenge against the hallmark achievement of one of the nation's most powerful political organizations.

But, that's just the kind of guy Otis McDonald was. Otis was not the type of person who shied away when faced with something he believed to be wrong. Thus, it was only natural for Otis to say, "Now hey wait just a minute," to Chicago's long standing prohibition against civilian handgun ownership. Indeed, Otis stood up to the Chicago political establishment and carried his folksy, clear-headed message of doing what's right all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. In what many people believe to be something of a miracle, 4 Supreme Court Justices sided with Otis - striking down the most oppressive gun control regulations in the nation.

As might be expected, Otis instantly earned the distinction as being the man who released millions of Illinoisans from the bondage of gun control. But those around Otis knew that he would not be comfortable with his newly found fame. No, the unassuming Mr. McDonald did not want to be a folk hero; he just wanted to do what was right. The right that Otis did shook the foundations of the gun control movement and will shape public policy for many decades to come.

Although America lost Otis McDonald today, we have not lost sight of the fact that, with our Constitution behind him, one determined man wields more power than the most entrenched, self serving political machine. Tonight, as Otis embarks on the next leg of life's journey, he'll surely look down upon us, flash that trademark toothy grin, and get back to doing the things that guys in their seventies do.

The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois Firearm Owners.

Otis McDonald

It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Otis McDonald. Otis was 79. I have always considered Otis as one of those people who lived everyday bravely and was not a hero because of one event but was a hero every day of his life.

Richard A Pearson
Executive Director
Illinois State Rifle Association

Posted Fri Apr 4 15:52:24 CST 2014

IGOLD Raffle Results!

Here are the winning numbers for the IGOLD Raffle, and we’d like to thank everyone who bought a chance and helped support the organization.

1st- Ruger 1911 .45 Engraved w/ ISRA logo - ticket #0588
2nd – Ruger LCR .38 revolver – ticket #5327
3rd – Ruger LCP .380 – ticket #6629
4th – Tactical Flashlight – ticket #2587


Winners of the firearms were contacted and flashlight has been mailed. ...

Posted Fri Apr 4 08:55:39 CST 2014

ALERT - SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Accessories to (Your) Murder

When it became inevitable that Illinois would finally enact concealed carry, leaders of the pro-self defense movement began preparing for the political and legislative backlash that was sure to follow. After all, the gun-grabbers had invested a lot of money and political capital into stalling Illinois' efforts to become the 50th state permitting citizens to defend themselves. Oddly, some within the anti-self defense camp believed that, pass or fail, Illinois' concealed carry efforts would be the catalyst needed to spark a nationwide repeal of concealed carry laws.

So here we are in late March and the anti-CCW barrage is well underway at the Illinois Capitol. Gun-grabbing legislators are tripping all over themselves to introduce legislation to eliminate advantages concealed carry gives the citizen over violent muggers, murderers, robbers and rapists. Once again, the gun-hating left has made its expectations abundantly clear. The gun-haters expect citizens to learn to live with and accept criminal behavior rather than expect criminals to conform to society's norms.

Here is a taste of just some of the anti-self defense legislation introduced during this session of the Illinois General Assembly.

SB2669 - introduced by Sen. Don Harmon, this bill could change the law and only permit persons to carry defensive firearms where and when signs are displayed specifically stating that concealed carry was allowed. Thus, Sen. Harmon would force you to remain defenseless against criminals unless you could find a location where Harmon's special sign was posted. A similar bill (HB4779) was introduced in the House by Rep. Emanuel Welch.

SB3559 - introduced by Sen. Kwame Raoul, this bill would prohibit concealed carry permit holders from having more than one firearm or more than 10 rounds of ammunition on their person. Of course, nothing in Raoul's proposal limits how many guns or how much ammunition criminals may carry. Raoul is not shy about his dislike of firearm owners and SB3559 indicates just how little he cares about the well being of the good people of Illinois.

SB3561 and 3572 - introduced by veteran gun grabber Sen. Dan Kotowski, each of these two bills would have the state step in and direct churches and other houses of worship to prohibit concealed firearms on their property. Kotowski enthusiasm for destroying the 2nd Amendment is now bleeding over to the 1st Amendment as well.

HB4319 - introduced by gun-hater Rep. Scott Drury, this bill would prohibit members of the VFW or American Legion from carrying concealed firearms in their own Posts. Eliminating the right to self defense is a great way to honor our vets, right?

HB4517 - introduced by anti-gun Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, this bill would prohibit concealed carry in ALL restaurants. In effect, Dunkin's bill would let criminals declare open season on restaurant-goers.

Each of the above proposals would seriously diminish the effectiveness of concealed carry - and that's something that you should take very personally. Let's face it, we're talking about the safety of you and your family. The more the antigunners whittle away at the scope of concealed carry, the more dangerous the world becomes for the rest of us.

The fact of the matter is, legislators who promote an anti-self defense agenda are turning you and your family into sitting ducks for violent thuggery. Guys like Kwame Raoul, Dan Kotowski and Scott Drury pose as much of a threat to your family's security as does the guy hiding in the shadows with a bludgeon in his hand. In effect, anti-self defense legislators like Raoul, Kotowski and Drury become accessories to whatever crimes you and your family are forced to endure.

Self preservation requires swift and decisive action. If the good citizens of Illinois are to maintain even a moderate degree of safety and security, then these anti-self defense proposals need to be defeated before they ever get to the floor for debate. These are the things you need to do, NOW, to help maintain the safety and security of you and your family:

1. Call your State Senator and State Representative, TODAY, and politely tell them to vote against he above listed proposals and any other such anti-self defense legislation that comes down the pike. Tell your elected officials that you do not want the scope of concealed carry diminished, taxed or further regulated. Make it clear that you believe that you have a right to defend yourself and your family from harm using the most effective means known - the defensive firearm. If you do not know who your senator or representative is, then click here: http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx

2. Pass this alert along to all your friends and family and tell them to contact their elected officials as well. Remind your friends and family that there are politicians out there who really don't care what happens to them.

3. Post this alert to any and all Internet bulletin boards or blogs to which you belong.

4. Help us, help you by making a generous legislative donation here.

Posted Wed Mar 26 20:03:43 CST 2014

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
Readers asked where are the good bills?

Readers wrote back to ISRA Notices yesterday asking if there were any good bills in the Illinois Legislature, and the answer is: "Yes, there is good legislation introduced every session!"

Please review the list of bills maintained for ISRA members to review at the legislative page. The bills marked in green are the pro-gun bills.

Review the ISRA legislation page right here. 

Posted Tue Mar 25 12:12:49 CST 2014

Springfield middle school handout teaches Second Amendment requires gun registration

According to a workbook handed out to seventh grade students at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., the Second Amendment only allows people to own "certain" guns if they have been registered, Infowars reported Friday. The parent who discovered the material confirmed to Examiner.com the handout's existence and said the school is being "bombarded with messages" about the material.

"This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison,” the handout says. ...

Read the whole story in The Examiner. 

Posted Tue Mar 25 12:05:43 CST 2014

Listen to Superintendent Explain Why He Refuses to Remove Workbook With Outrageous Definition of Second Amendment

The superintendent of Springfield Public Schools told 970 WMAY on Monday that he doesn’t plan to remove a workbook that contains an outrageous definition of the Second Amendment, despite the outrage it has generated among parents.

The workbook, currently being utilized by seventh-graders at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., teaches students that the Second Amendment gives people the “right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison.”

Superintendent Bob Hill told 970 WMAY that the workbook is not the only resource that provides a definition of the Second Amendment and argued that the interpretation found in the material teaches students “what happens with the right to bear arms in the context of 2014.” ...

Check it out at The Blaze.

Posted Tue Mar 25 12:07:46 CST 2014

From CCRKBA:
Feinstein Trying To Ban Importation Of Semi-Auto Firearms

Senator Feinstein is calling for a ban on the importation of semi-automatic firearms she has labeled "assault weapons" and "military style weapons". It was just a matter of time before Feinstein continued to attack our gun rights. She is trying to recruit fellow Senators to sign off on a letter she is sending to Obama demanding anti-gun legislation.

This is what the Obama Administration has been waiting for; a roundup of anti-gun troops ready to attack our gun rights, and it is being lead once again by Dianne Feinstein.

We defeated Feinstein's wave of anti-gun legislation in 2013; we must do it again NOW! We must flood the offices of every single U.S Senator demanding they side with the Second Amendment Patriots of our country and protect our rights.

 

...

Read the ISRA's copy of the whole CCRKBA alert here at ISRA. 

Posted Tue Mar 25 12:01:53 CST 2014

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Posted Wed Mar 12 11:49:36 CST 2014

Firsthand Look at the IL Concealed Carry Licensing Process

by Valinda Rowe - IllinoisCarry spokesperson
Mike Rowe - IllinoisCarry
Richard Pearson - Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle Association

The implementation of the Illinois Concealed Carry licensing process is an involved and complicated undertaking tasked to the Illinois State Police. Having worked with the ISP for a smooth roll out of the new licenses, an invitation was extended to Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association and Mike and Valinda Rowe of IllinoisCarry to view firsthand the concealed carry licensing process.

ISP Deputy Director Col. Marc Maton has headed up the project and has been very diligent in ensuring that goals and deadlines were met on time.  He and members of his staff and the Firearm Services Bureau took us through each step of the license application process.

First, the application is scrutinized for proper documentation and errors.  The most common mistake by licensees are failure to sign the training certificate or submitting the wrong training certificate.  Other common errors include entering ‘O’s instead of zeroes or zeroes for ‘O’s, double spacing between first and last names, and uploading a photo that does not meet the head and shoulders requirement.  Any of these errors will require a correction made by the licensee.  If an email address was submitted with the application, an email is sent out with instructions to correct the mistake.  However, if an email address was not submitted then a letter must be sent through the mail which creates a delay in the application process.

Once the application is deemed complete it is entered into the database that is available to local law enforcement who then have 30 days to submit an objection if they have information that would indicate the applicant is a danger to themselves or others.  The application is also routed to the department tasked with doing the background checks.  The applicant’s identification information or fingerprint number is entered into the computer system which has the ability to check multiple agencies at once.  At any point during these steps, if an indication appears that the applicant has a prohibiting factor in their history, their application may be denied or if the prohibiting factor is in question, the application can be sent to the ISP concealed carry review board for further scrutiny.

When an application is approved it is routed to the printer, an amazingly impressive hi-tech piece of equipment which pretty much fills a room by itself. At one end, blank cards with only the color scheme are stacked in a tray. Each card travels along a track where the color photo, license information, and a hologram is applied via multiple spools of mylar. Simultaneously, the same piece of equipment begins printing the letter which will accompany the license, shoots a dab of glue on the card and matches the card and letter via a barcode, attaches the card to the letter, tri-folds the paper, inserts the letter into a windowed envelope, and finally glues it closed.  All that is left to do is add postage.  The machine and technology is very impressive.

Many things stood out to us during the tour.  First of all, we found the team of people charged with issuing the licenses to be a hardworking, dedicated team who have a goal and are working hard to meet that goal.  The people we talked with were open to our questions and appear to take great pride in their part of the process.  Col. Maton, seems to have set the tone for the department by establishing the goals and deadlines which has made it possible for the ISP to begin issuing thousands of carry licenses before the deadlines mandated by the new law.

Our members can be proud of the hardworking, dedicated staff under Col. Maton’s leadership who are doing exactly what they were tasked with doing, especially with the difficulties of a start up operation of this magnitude.  It is our expectation that as they continue forward, the licensing process will become even more streamlined and proficient.  Our hats are off to the ISP on this aspect of the new concealed carry law and we appreciate their tireless efforts in this process.

We would like to thank:

ISP Deputy Director, Col. Maton

Asst. Deputy Dir., Lt. Col. Matt Davis

Chief of Staff, Lt. Felix Canizares

Staff Ofc. of Information and Technology , Sgt. Gary Clark

Firearms Services Bureau Chief, Ms. Jessica Trame

Asst. Chief, CCL Unit, Master Sgt. Jennifer Radosevic

The card printer technical team

Posted Mon Mar 10 21:51:20 CST 2014

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Bus Reservations End on Monday at 10:00 am CST

Please reserve your tickets by calling the office at 815-635-3198

Posted Fri Feb 28 20:10:18 CST 2014

ISP mails first batch of CCLs

Illinois' first concealed carry gun licenses — about 5,000 of them — are being printed and mailed today, Illinois State Police officials said in a morning press conference.

The new law allowing concealed guns to be carried in public was cobbled together after an appellate court struck down the state's concealed carry ban in December 2012 ...

Read the whole story @ Chicago Tribune 

Posted Fri Feb 28 12:09:43 CST 2014

Illinois Junior Hard Dogs Fundraiser!

ISRA Junior Team Fund Raiser Match and Recruiting Event Open to the Public Age 13 and Older. Register at http://isra.org/juniors/ to Reserve your 1-Hour Time Block: 7AM, 8AM, or 9AM on Saturday, April 5th. See attached Flyer! ...

Click below to learn more about the fundraiser here.  

Posted Mon Feb 17 09:34:53 CST 2014

PRODUCT WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE

WINCHESTER® 22 LONG RIFLE RIMFIRE AMMUNITION

Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder charges. Ammunition with double powder charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable. ...

Read the whole story here  Winchester Corporation

Posted Wed Feb 5 16:25:12 CST 2014

Inside look: CCL Instruction in Chicago

Interest in gun ownership has been growing across the country. The FBI conducted more than 21 million background checks of potential gun buyers in 2013, the most since the system was put into place in 1998. In Illinois 1.7 million people currently have firearm owner identification cards issued by the state police, including more than 150,000 in Chicago, up 30 percent since 2011.

Illinois, and Chicago in particular, has historically had some of the most restrictive gun regulations in the country—from 1982 until 2010 it was illegal to possess a handgun in the city—but the laws are changing. Last July, under orders from a federal court, the General Assembly passed a law making Illinois the 50th state to allow residents to carry firearms in public. The state police began accepting conceal-and-carry permit applications in late December, and by late January nearly 33,000 had been approved pending background checks. Residents from rural areas downstate have signed up at the highest rates, but nearly a fourth of the applications came from Cook County.

Vernon has been a firearm owner and activist for decades, but he doesn't fit the stereotype of a gun nut. He's a middle-class African-American who lives on Chicago's south side. A former university administrator, he's studied civil rights history for decades. A framed photo of Malcolm X hangs in the living room of his modest home. He voted against Mitt Romney in the last presidential election—though he can't quite bring himself to admit that he cast a ballot for President Obama. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Reader. 

Posted Tue Feb 4 12:02:04 CST 2014

Chicago metro area: Police object to very few concealed carry applications

Even though local police departments can object when they believe applicants for concealed carry permits pose a threat to the public, less than 1 percent of the 33,631 applications in Illinois have been challenged, according to figures released Thursday.

A state licensing board composed of a former judge, two former prosecutors, three former FBI agents and a psychiatry professor will consider the 236 objections that police have filed since the new concealed carry law took effect this year ...

Read the whole story in the Sun Times. 

Posted Tue Feb 4 11:58:39 CST 2014

ISRA Special Alert - Give A Pat On The Back To Designers of I-55 Gun Sign

Photo courtesy of Fox News Chicago - Craig Wall

As you may have heard, the gun grabbers are all up in arms over an outdoor sign off of Interstate 55 advertising Slidefire gun stocks. The grabbers are aghast that a picture of an AR-15 would appear in plain view of "children." In response, the gun haters have launched an attack on the owner of the billboard, Lamar Advertising, and Slidefire.

As gun owners, we need to those who support us. Therefore, as a show of support, contact Slidefire at: customerservice@slidefire.com

Use the subject line: "Love your sign on I-55." Tell Slidefire that you support their efforts to "normalize" lawful firearm ownership by way of the I-55 sign. Be sure to tell them you learned about the sign from the ISRA.

Be sure to pass this alert on to all your gun owning friends and family members.

Please post this alert to any and all Internet blogs or bulletin boards to which you belong. ...

Posted Sat Jan 25 14:09:37 CST 2014

From ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson on Concealed Carry

Recently I have received calls and emails from members regarding the progress on concealed carry by the Illinois State Police (ISP). Instructors who were the first to apply for their Concealed Carry Licenses (CCL) visited the ISP website to check on their status found the their status had gone from approved to "Pending Review". The question was what does that mean?

As the ISP puts it, they are doing some housekeeping. What that means is they are testing their systems. For example:

1. The LEADS system needs to be tested so if you are stopped by a police officer and he or she calls in, you are correctly identified as carrying legally.

2. The ISP is testing their printer and software which prints the CCL cards to be sure it is working properly.

3. The ISP has many new employees doing background checks and other tasks and they are being reviewed to be sure they are doing everything correctly.

4. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board (ILETSB) has produced a video which is being circulated to police departments on how to interact with CCL holders. They are making sure there is enough time for every Police department to see.

The ISP is dealing with many new details and systems. They do not want to make any mistakes and we need to credit them for their efforts. As CCL holders, we certainly need to realize that it is in everyone's best interest to be sure these new systems are working properly. The last thing anyone wants is a CCL holder getting arrested because of some glitch somewhere.

The ISP has 90 days to issue the first licenses. The will be at the end of the first week in March. I'm sure the ISP will be on time. This is all we know at this time.

Richard A, Pearson
Executive Director
Illinois State Rifle Association

Posted Fri Jan 24 14:29:05 CST 2014

Medical Marijuana in Illinois? Not if you own a firearm...

Excerpt:
One new proposal states that a qualifying patient or caregiver may not possess a firearm, even if they have a state firearm owner's identification card or concealed carry permit, and violators may be subject to sanctions by state police.

Todd Vandermyde, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said the NRA takes no position on the issue but that the rule seems to be an attempt to interpret federal law. A U.S. Department of Justice firearm application form asks if the buyer is "an unlawful user" of marijuana or other controlled substances ...

Read the whole story here.  

Posted Wed Jan 22 09:26:14 CST 2014

SHOT 2014: Washington benefits from target shooting; van Zwoll honored

Target shooting has big bucks benefits for Washington State, according to a report released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

According to the report, the Evergreen State economy was boosted by $304,481,008 in 2011 — the most recent year for which data is available — and target shooting supported 2,848 jobs. It’s part of some $23 billion spent by target shooters nationally, producing some 185,000 jobs that year, the report said. ...

Read the whole story here  from Examiner.com

Posted Thu Jan 16 13:42:02 CST 2014

Chicago's Gun Stores of Yesteryear

A federal judge's decision voiding Chicago's ban on gun shops sent Richard Pearson on a trip down memory lane.

As a teenager, Pearson came to the city to see "The Ten Commandments" as part of a church-sponsored excursion from Chatsworth, a hamlet in Livingston County where he still lives. Two things impressed him about Chicago: the grandeur of the McVickers Theater, where the 1956 Charlton Heston movie was playing, and the wonderful guns for sale along nearby State Street, the city's department store rialto

"In our little town, about the only gun you saw was a simple Remington," said Pearson, 71. "But at Marshall Field's and the other stores, they had fancy rifles with engravings on their stock or barrels."

For Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, those are memories of a golden age ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Sat Jan 11 11:14:06 CST 2014

Chicago's ban on gun stores tossed by US Court

Overturning the ban on retail gun stores and private gun sales was the last major hurdle gun rights groups faced in their hard-fought battle to dismantle Chicago's tough firearm prohibitions.

The latest court ruling in the long legal fight came one day after Illinois, the last state to approve a concealed carry law, began accepting applications from residents who want to carry concealed firearms in public.

But gun shops won't likely be showing up in Chicago any time soon, since Chang delayed his ruling from taking effect to allow the city time to appeal ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Tue Jan 7 08:58:57 CST 2014

ISRA OFFICE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - 1/6/14



Posted Mon Jan 6 10:54:33 CST 2014

ISP Private Firearm Transfer - FOID Checks website

Here is the website to the Illinois State Police private firearm transfer - FOID checks. This is as a result of a new law going into effect January 1st 2014! ...

 Click here. 

Posted Tue Dec 31 10:02:40 CST 2013

State Police say they've cleared FOID backlog

The State Police received “record numbers” of applications of state-mandated firearm owner’s identification, or FOID, cards between late 2012 and spring of this year, said State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond in an email Sunday.

And while earlier this year 50,000 FOID applicants were still awaiting approval, as of mid-December that number was at about 3,000, Bond said, all from applications that came in the past 30 days ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Mon Dec 30 07:55:04 CST 2013

Read the Sales Update from CMP!

M82 SCOPES. Taking orders now for shipment in Jan 2014. M82 reproduction scopes. 7/8 " rings and bases included. $375 plus $8.95 S&H. Legal for use on the M1903A4, M1C and M1D rifles. Scopes are en route to us and should arrive any day ...

Read the whole newsletter here.  

Posted Thu Dec 19 08:58:26 CST 2013

Cook County Sheriff wants his own rules for CCW...

Dart wouldn't rule out going to court to seek an injunction to block what he called an “absolutely absurd” approval process, saying the law will result in permits being issued to people who shouldn't have them.

“This is not something I'm going to blindly go along with, saying, ‘All right, they've done it again to us in Springfield, another law that doesn't make any sense and we're just going to stand back and do it,'” Dart told reporters at the sheriff's police headquarters in Maywood. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune. 

Posted Wed Dec 18 13:55:30 CST 2013

Gun Rights groups, Anti-gunners face off over buybacks in Dallas

But the lessons drawn from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., differed sharply, depending on which side of the street people were on.

For the volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, the massacre was a glaring example of the damage America’s gun culture has wrought. The threat of such violence is the reason they’ve set up on the street corner twice a year for 13 years to buy guns from anyone willing to give them up, they said.

But for the gun activists across the street from the buyback, Sandy Hook proved more people need to be armed.

If someone in addition to Adam Lanza had a gun that day, 20 students and six staff members might not have been slain, they said. They, too, were willing to buy guns Saturday — to keep them in circulation, either by donating them to vulnerable people or to keep them for themselves ...

Read the whole story in the Dallas News. 

Posted Sun Dec 15 11:02:47 CST 2013

‘Mine’s bigger’ story goes viral; Seattle anti-gunners silent

Saturday night’s confrontation at a Seattle mini-mart between a would-be robber with an apparent fake gun and a gutsy clerk with a real one has gone viral since first reported yesterday, but Seattle anti-gunners, including outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn, are noticeably silent.

That probably would not be the case had the clerk been shot, as that outcome would have been exploited as proof of the need for passage of a 15-page gun control initiative now gathering signatures. Gun prohibitionists are typically tongue-tied when this sort of story pops up ...

Read the whole story in Dave Workman's Examiner column. 

Posted Mon Nov 25 12:50:05 CST 2013

Metcalf's Rebuttal

When the present controversy erupted a week ago, I was asked by Guns & Ammo/InterMedia management to write the following "clarification and elaboration" on the December Backstop column for use on the G&A website. I did so, but the decision was made to wait and see how the situation developed. I was also asked to hold off on making any comments in any other forum, and no other response appeared in any G&A/IMO forum at all. Then, after Paul Erhardt's column appeared in the Shooting Wire yesterday (http://www.shootingwire.com/features/228219), IMO was contacted by two major firearms industry manufacturers, stating that they would do no further business with IMO if it continued with its present personnel structure. Within hours, Jim Bequette resigned as Editor of Guns & Ammo, and my relationship with all IMO publications and TV shows was terminated.

How do I feel about that? Disappointed. If a respected editor can be forced to resign and a controversial writer's voice be shut down by a one-sided social-media and internet outcry, virtually overnight, simply because they dared to open a discussion or ask questions about a politically sensitive issue . . . then I fear for the future of our industry, and for our Cause. Do not 2nd Amendment adherents also believe in Freedom of Speech? Do Americans now fear open and honest discussion of different opinions about important Constitutional issues? Do voices from cyberspace now control how and why business decisions are made? ...

Read the whole story on The Outdoor Wire Digital Network 

Posted Sat Nov 9 13:21:28 CST 2013

Lockport firefighters union raises funds with gun raffle,
guess who doesn't like it?

Most fundraiser raffles auction off a bottle of wine or tickets to a game, maybe some Tupperware.

But a lucky ticket from one southwest suburban firefighters union can fetch the winner a revolver or shotgun — even a semi-automatic rifle.

The Lockport Township Firefighters Local 1544 is raffling off two guns a month as well as gift cards to a local gun shop, according to the union's website. One winner in July will get a Smith & Wesson AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle.

Gun raffle tickets are $50 each and participants must be 21 and have a valid Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card. Winners receive vouchers and pick up their prizes at Rink's Gun & Sport in Lockport.

A website disclaimer reads: The winning ticketholder recognizes the inherent danger associated with firearms and as a condition of participating in this raffle, assumes any such risks involved. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune. 

Posted Sun Nov 3 08:28:25 CST 2013

Eastern Illinois University: Gun control forum set for Monday
"German police representatives" will tell Illinoisans all about it?

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) — Two German police representatives will lead a discussion on how the issues of gun control are being handled in Europe during a gun forum at 7 p.m. Monday at Eastern Illinois University’s Lumpkin Hall Auditorium.

Det. Captain Franz Plueckthun, commander of Undercover Operations of the Bavarian State Police, and Michael Tentler, consultant for the German BKA (FBI), will lead the discussion, according to a press release from the university.

In addition, Hafeez Muhammad, long-time resident and community activist of Chicago, will address the problem of gun shootings in Chicago ...

Read the whole story here.  

Posted Mon Oct 21 16:27:54 CDT 2013

Your ISRA Recognized and Honored at the Gun Rights Policy Conference as Affiliate of the Year

Special Awards for ISRA Executive Director Pearson and President Don Moran

ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson has been awarded the CCKRBA Gun Rights Defender of the Year and congratulations to ISRA President Don Moran for being awarded the CCRKBA Liberty Defender Award.

Posted Sat Sep 28 16:08:43 CDT 2013

Your ISRA Awarded Association of the Year by the NRA

Once again the ISRA brings home the coveted "Association of the Year" award from the recent NRA meeting at headquarters in Virginia!

Lawmakers: More gun instructors needed

SPRINGFIELD — With Illinois getting ready to join the rest of the nation in allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons, two state lawmakers are raising concerns about the number of instructors being certified to provide training.

Democratic state Reps. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg and Jerry Costello of Smithton said the Illinois State Police must move faster on approving trainers to deal with the potentially high number of applicants seeking concealed carry permits.

“It is critically important that not only those interested apply as soon as possible, but we also want to make sure ISP is approving these instructors at a much higher volume than they have been, due to the high number of those waiting for the right to safely protect their families,” Costello said in a prepared statement. ...

Read the whole story here  thesouthern.com

Posted Sun Sep 22 12:27:04 CDT 2013

FBI: Chicago officially America's murder capital

Statistics released by the FBI earlier this week show that Chicago passed New York as America's murder capital in 2012 despite the Windy City only having a third of the Big Apple's population.

The FBI recorded 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up from 431 in 2011. New York reported 419 murders in 2012, down from 515 the year before.

However, on a per-capita basis, the bureau reported that Flint, Michigan was more dangerous than the two larger cities. One in every 1,613 residents of Flint were murder victims last year, as the city of 101,558 reported 63 murders in 2012. ...

Read the whole story here  from Foxnews.com

Posted Fri Sep 20 00:11:43 CDT 2013

ISRA: Starbucks' CEO Announces 'Open Season' On His Employees

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

As millions of hunters and sportsmen prepare to take to the fields this autumn, the CEO of the Starbucks coffee chain announced today that his employees are now fair game for urban thugs, murderers, robbers and rapists. This announcement came by way of an open letter from the firm's CEO, Howard Schultz, in which Schultz informed law-abiding gun owners that, although their cash and credit cards are very welcome at Starbucks, their lawfully-owned firearms are not. Thus, Schultz has declared Starbucks stores to be pacifist oases inhabited by persons unwilling to defend themselves against violent crime.

"The Starbucks announcement is a slap in the face to every American who loves freedom and honors our Constitution," commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "Shultz's announcement is pure political grandstanding and does not at all reflect this nation's proud heritage of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership." ...

Read the whole story here  from PR Newswire

Posted Wed Sep 18 20:22:57 CDT 2013

ISRA Congratulates Colorado Voters For Kicking Gun-Grabbers Out Of Office

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA): The ISRA is today congratulating Colorado voters for unseating a pair of gun control extremists from their state senate. By way of a lot of hard work and determination, the organizers of the recall effort successfully educated voters on the issue and turned back a scheme by gun-grabbing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to derail the recall. Tuesday was a red letter day for gun rights and should serve as a warning to those politicians everywhere who choose political expediency over protection of constitutional rights.

"Colorado voters realized that it was too dangerous to allow Senators Morse and Giron to remain in office," commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "Fortunately for Coloradoans, their state constitution allows voters to limit the damage done by incompetent legislators by way of the recall process. Members of the Illinois General Assembly should be thankful that there is no recall provision in Illinois' constitution because I have a whole long list of legislators that I'd like to put in the unemployment line." ...

Read the whole story here  from PRN Newswire.com

Posted Wed Sep 11 18:36:07 CDT 2013

Chicago aldermen recommend repealing city gun registry

Aldermen on Monday recommended the repeal of the Chicago’s gun registry as required under the state's new concealed carry law, a move that would end a key piece of the city’s decades-long but ultimately unsuccessful effort to regulate handguns within its boundaries.

Revisions to the city’s gun-control ordinance endorsed by the Public Safety Committee would eliminate the decades-old registry, which was modified three years ago to require all handgun owners to get a permit after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city’s handgun ban.

That setback to the city’s gun-control regime was exacerbated when a federal appellate court ruled late last year that Illinois needed to change its laws allow people to carry concealed handguns. The state’s new concealed carry law, which will be in full effect sometime next year, puts sole control of gun registration and permits in the hands of state government. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Mon Sep 9 13:29:55 CDT 2013

Chicago pushes gun ban for businesses that serve alcohol

In something of an end run around the new state concealed carry gun law, Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, is pushing a city ordinance that would require all city businesses serving alcohol to prohibit firearms in their establishments.

State law prohibits the carrying of guns in businesses that get more than 50 percent of their revenue from alcohol, but it allows weapons in places like restaurants that make less than half their money from booze. Burke’s law would require all places serving alcohol to prohibit firearms, as private businesses are allowed to do under the state law ...

Read the whole story here.

Posted Mon Sep 9 13:43:17 CDT 2013

Concealed Carry Firearm Instructor?

The Illinois State Police today released the application to become an Illinois Conceal Carry Instructor. Click below! ...

Read the whole story here. (external link)

Posted Fri Aug 30 18:10:59 CDT 2013

Dem bill would trigger huge new taxes on guns, ammo

A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.

Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act," the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.

"This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said.

The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention.

Critics predicted defeat for the measure.

“What the anti-gun interests can’t ban, they want to tax it out of existence,” Alan Gottlieb, chairman for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told FoxNews.com. “It’s nothing more than confiscatory taxation. ...

Read the whole story here  from Foxnews.com

Posted Tue Aug 27 10:13:13 CDT 2013

Vernon Hills: No guns in new Dave & Buster's

Patrons at a planned Dave & Buster's in Vernon Hills might be able to play shoot-'em-up video games in the venue, but village officials have decided they don't want people bringing real weapons into the restaurant and arcade, despite a recent state law allowing concealed weapons.

Representatives of the company appeared before the Vernon Hills village board recently as part of the effort to open a new location for the national entertainment chain of the Westfield Hawthorn Mall.

The bar and restaurant bills itself as a kind of Chuck E. Cheese for adults, a location that includes arcade-style games, drinks and food.

Village officials required the restaurant apply for a special permit for its proposed 200 arcade game machines – something not required by the state or county – and are making that license contingent on various factors. Village officials recently added one more item to the list: Anyone with a concealed carry weapon should not be allowed in. ...

Read the whole story here  from the ChicagoTribune.com

Posted Tue Aug 20 20:22:32 CDT 2013

ISRA Sight-In Day Cancellation

The Sight-In Day at the ISRA Range scheduled for Aug 24 has been cancelled. This event will return in the future.

Posted Tue Aug 20 13:13:39 CDT 2013

ISRA SPECIAL ALERT - YOUR PRESENCE REQUESTED

WHAT: Special ISRA Town Hall Meeting to discuss status of Concealed Carry, gun bans, and grassroots campaigns to defeat anti-gun mayors. 

WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 7:00 PM 

WHERE: Diplomat West Banquet Hall, northwest corner of Route 83 and North Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois

WHO: ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson, will be hosting a special Town Hall meeting to discuss the status of implementation of concealed carry. The discussions will include the current status of the legislation along with possible excuses and dirty tricks that are being used, and may be used in the future, to derail implementation of the law. Also subject to discussion will be upcoming gun control legislation and renewed attempts to ban your guns. The town hall will also serve as a nucleus for organizing grassroots efforts to unseat mayors who belong to Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” 

ADMISSION IS FREE – ALL GUN OWNERS AND 2ND AMENDMENT SUPPORTERS WELCOME!

BRING A FRIEND OR TWO! 

BRING A NOTEPAD AND A PEN OR PENCIL 

PLEASE POST THIS ALERT TO ANY AND ALL INTERNET BLOGS AND BULLETIN BOARDS TO WHICH YOU BELONG

Posted Sun Aug 18 20:53:49 CDT 2013

Spokane schools revelation affirms NRA recommendation

Eight months after National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre was excoriated in the media for proposing armed security officers in public schools as a response to the Sandy Hook shooting, the Spokane Spokesman-Review revealed Wednesday that schools in that city could have armed staff by January.

The newspaper said 13 district employees who are already commissioned peace officers, could be on patrol in the schools, carrying sidearms. According to the story, armed school “resource officers” is one of several proposals okayed by the school district following the Newtown massacre. ...

Read the whole story here  from Dave Workman, Examiner.com

Posted Sun Aug 18 01:51:05 CDT 2013

Illinois State Rifle Association To Turn Heat Up On Suburban And Small Town Mayors

Suburban and small town members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will soon find themselves under increased scrutiny thanks to a constituent information campaign launched by the Illinois State Rifle Association. In recent days, the ISRA delivered several thousand information packets to firearm owners residing in more than two dozen communities whose mayors belong to MAIG. ...

Suburban and small town members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will soon find themselves under increased scrutiny thanks to a constituent information campaign launched by the Illinois State Rifle Association. In recent days, the ISRA delivered several thousand information packets to firearm owners residing in more than two dozen communities whose mayors belong to MAIG. ...

Suburban and small town members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will soon find themselves under increased scrutiny thanks to a constituent information campaign launched by the Illinois State Rifle Association. In recent days, the ISRA delivered several thousand information packets to firearm owners residing in more than two dozen communities whose mayors belong to MAIG. ...

Read the whole story here  from PRNewswire

Posted Tue Aug 13 13:14:54 CDT 2013

Gun Crimes Plummet Even As Gun Sales Rise

A majority of Americans say they think gun crime has increased over the past 20 years, even though it has actually fallen dramatically, a recent Pew Research Center survey shows. The infographic below provides a closer look at some recent numbers. ...

Read the whole story here  from NSSFblog.org

Posted Thu Aug 8 14:45:59 CDT 2013

A Wake Up Call For Self Defense Video From NRA News Journalist Ginny Simone

Watch this video from NRA News Journalist Ginny Simone! ...

Read the whole story here. (external link)

Posted Thu Aug 1 11:23:54 CDT 2013

Dart's Deputies seizing cards and firearms from those with revoked FOIDs

CHICAGO (CBS) – A new team from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has launched an effort to seize guns from thousands of people whose state gun permits have been revoked.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports more than 3,000 people in Cook County have failed to surrender their revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification cards, but Sheriff Tom Dart said most people with revoked FOID cards don’t get rid of their guns ...

Read the whole story on CBS Local. 

Posted Sat Jul 27 07:27:15 CDT 2013

These 4 planning to carry for their own safety...

Tribune starts to socialize the notion that CCW is a normal activity.

Michele Frejek, McHenry

Michele Frejek, 43, shoots for sport with her boyfriend, who is more accustomed to Texas' gun law than Illinois'. They both said they're planning to apply for concealed carry permits, but they were disappointed that there are so many places that will be restricted under the law ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Sat Jul 27 07:22:02 CDT 2013

ISRA Special Alert - Give A Pat On The Back To Designers of I-55 Gun Sign

Photo courtesy of Fox News Chicago - Craig Wall

As you may have heard, the gun grabbers are all up in arms over an outdoor sign off of Interstate 55 advertising Slidefire gun stocks. The grabbers are aghast that a picture of an AR-15 would appear in plain view of "children." In response, the gun haters have launched an attack on the owner of the billboard, Lamar Advertising, and Slidefire.

As gun owners, we need to those who support us. Therefore, as a show of support, contact Slidefire at: customerservice@slidefire.com

Use the subject line: "Love your sign on I-55." Tell Slidefire that you support their efforts to "normalize" lawful firearm ownership by way of the I-55 sign. Be sure to tell them you learned about the sign from the ISRA.

Be sure to pass this alert on to all your gun owning friends and family members.

Please post this alert to any and all Internet blogs or bulletin boards to which you belong. ...

Posted Sat Jan 25 14:09:37 CST 2014

From ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson on Concealed Carry

Recently I have received calls and emails from members regarding the progress on concealed carry by the Illinois State Police (ISP). Instructors who were the first to apply for their Concealed Carry Licenses (CCL) visited the ISP website to check on their status found the their status had gone from approved to "Pending Review". The question was what does that mean?

As the ISP puts it, they are doing some housekeeping. What that means is they are testing their systems. For example:

1. The LEADS system needs to be tested so if you are stopped by a police officer and he or she calls in, you are correctly identified as carrying legally.

2. The ISP is testing their printer and software which prints the CCL cards to be sure it is working properly.

3. The ISP has many new employees doing background checks and other tasks and they are being reviewed to be sure they are doing everything correctly.

4. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board (ILETSB) has produced a video which is being circulated to police departments on how to interact with CCL holders. They are making sure there is enough time for every Police department to see.

The ISP is dealing with many new details and systems. They do not want to make any mistakes and we need to credit them for their efforts. As CCL holders, we certainly need to realize that it is in everyone's best interest to be sure these new systems are working properly. The last thing anyone wants is a CCL holder getting arrested because of some glitch somewhere.

The ISP has 90 days to issue the first licenses. The will be at the end of the first week in March. I'm sure the ISP will be on time. This is all we know at this time.

Richard A, Pearson
Executive Director
Illinois State Rifle Association

Posted Fri Jan 24 14:29:05 CST 2014

Medical Marijuana in Illinois? Not if you own a firearm...

Excerpt:
One new proposal states that a qualifying patient or caregiver may not possess a firearm, even if they have a state firearm owner's identification card or concealed carry permit, and violators may be subject to sanctions by state police.

Todd Vandermyde, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said the NRA takes no position on the issue but that the rule seems to be an attempt to interpret federal law. A U.S. Department of Justice firearm application form asks if the buyer is "an unlawful user" of marijuana or other controlled substances ...

Read the whole story here.  

Posted Wed Jan 22 09:26:14 CST 2014

SHOT 2014: Washington benefits from target shooting; van Zwoll honored

Target shooting has big bucks benefits for Washington State, according to a report released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

According to the report, the Evergreen State economy was boosted by $304,481,008 in 2011 — the most recent year for which data is available — and target shooting supported 2,848 jobs. It’s part of some $23 billion spent by target shooters nationally, producing some 185,000 jobs that year, the report said. ...

Read the whole story here  from Examiner.com

Posted Thu Jan 16 13:42:02 CST 2014

Chicago's Gun Stores of Yesteryear

A federal judge's decision voiding Chicago's ban on gun shops sent Richard Pearson on a trip down memory lane.

As a teenager, Pearson came to the city to see "The Ten Commandments" as part of a church-sponsored excursion from Chatsworth, a hamlet in Livingston County where he still lives. Two things impressed him about Chicago: the grandeur of the McVickers Theater, where the 1956 Charlton Heston movie was playing, and the wonderful guns for sale along nearby State Street, the city's department store rialto

"In our little town, about the only gun you saw was a simple Remington," said Pearson, 71. "But at Marshall Field's and the other stores, they had fancy rifles with engravings on their stock or barrels."

For Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, those are memories of a golden age ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Sat Jan 11 11:14:06 CST 2014

Chicago's ban on gun stores tossed by US Court

Overturning the ban on retail gun stores and private gun sales was the last major hurdle gun rights groups faced in their hard-fought battle to dismantle Chicago's tough firearm prohibitions.

The latest court ruling in the long legal fight came one day after Illinois, the last state to approve a concealed carry law, began accepting applications from residents who want to carry concealed firearms in public.

But gun shops won't likely be showing up in Chicago any time soon, since Chang delayed his ruling from taking effect to allow the city time to appeal ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Tue Jan 7 08:58:57 CST 2014

ISRA OFFICE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - 1/6/14



Posted Mon Jan 6 10:54:33 CST 2014

ISP Private Firearm Transfer - FOID Checks website

Here is the website to the Illinois State Police private firearm transfer - FOID checks. This is as a result of a new law going into effect January 1st 2014! ...

 Click here. 

Posted Tue Dec 31 10:02:40 CST 2013

State Police say they've cleared FOID backlog

The State Police received “record numbers” of applications of state-mandated firearm owner’s identification, or FOID, cards between late 2012 and spring of this year, said State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond in an email Sunday.

And while earlier this year 50,000 FOID applicants were still awaiting approval, as of mid-December that number was at about 3,000, Bond said, all from applications that came in the past 30 days ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Mon Dec 30 07:55:04 CST 2013

Read the Sales Update from CMP!

M82 SCOPES. Taking orders now for shipment in Jan 2014. M82 reproduction scopes. 7/8 " rings and bases included. $375 plus $8.95 S&H. Legal for use on the M1903A4, M1C and M1D rifles. Scopes are en route to us and should arrive any day ...

Read the whole newsletter here.  

Posted Thu Dec 19 08:58:26 CST 2013

Cook County Sheriff wants his own rules for CCW...

Dart wouldn't rule out going to court to seek an injunction to block what he called an “absolutely absurd” approval process, saying the law will result in permits being issued to people who shouldn't have them.

“This is not something I'm going to blindly go along with, saying, ‘All right, they've done it again to us in Springfield, another law that doesn't make any sense and we're just going to stand back and do it,'” Dart told reporters at the sheriff's police headquarters in Maywood. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune. 

Posted Wed Dec 18 13:55:30 CST 2013

Gun Rights groups, Anti-gunners face off over buybacks in Dallas

But the lessons drawn from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., differed sharply, depending on which side of the street people were on.

For the volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, the massacre was a glaring example of the damage America’s gun culture has wrought. The threat of such violence is the reason they’ve set up on the street corner twice a year for 13 years to buy guns from anyone willing to give them up, they said.

But for the gun activists across the street from the buyback, Sandy Hook proved more people need to be armed.

If someone in addition to Adam Lanza had a gun that day, 20 students and six staff members might not have been slain, they said. They, too, were willing to buy guns Saturday — to keep them in circulation, either by donating them to vulnerable people or to keep them for themselves ...

Read the whole story in the Dallas News. 

Posted Sun Dec 15 11:02:47 CST 2013

‘Mine’s bigger’ story goes viral; Seattle anti-gunners silent

Saturday night’s confrontation at a Seattle mini-mart between a would-be robber with an apparent fake gun and a gutsy clerk with a real one has gone viral since first reported yesterday, but Seattle anti-gunners, including outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn, are noticeably silent.

That probably would not be the case had the clerk been shot, as that outcome would have been exploited as proof of the need for passage of a 15-page gun control initiative now gathering signatures. Gun prohibitionists are typically tongue-tied when this sort of story pops up ...

Read the whole story in Dave Workman's Examiner column. 

Posted Mon Nov 25 12:50:05 CST 2013

Metcalf's Rebuttal

When the present controversy erupted a week ago, I was asked by Guns & Ammo/InterMedia management to write the following "clarification and elaboration" on the December Backstop column for use on the G&A website. I did so, but the decision was made to wait and see how the situation developed. I was also asked to hold off on making any comments in any other forum, and no other response appeared in any G&A/IMO forum at all. Then, after Paul Erhardt's column appeared in the Shooting Wire yesterday (http://www.shootingwire.com/features/228219), IMO was contacted by two major firearms industry manufacturers, stating that they would do no further business with IMO if it continued with its present personnel structure. Within hours, Jim Bequette resigned as Editor of Guns & Ammo, and my relationship with all IMO publications and TV shows was terminated.

How do I feel about that? Disappointed. If a respected editor can be forced to resign and a controversial writer's voice be shut down by a one-sided social-media and internet outcry, virtually overnight, simply because they dared to open a discussion or ask questions about a politically sensitive issue . . . then I fear for the future of our industry, and for our Cause. Do not 2nd Amendment adherents also believe in Freedom of Speech? Do Americans now fear open and honest discussion of different opinions about important Constitutional issues? Do voices from cyberspace now control how and why business decisions are made? ...

Read the whole story on The Outdoor Wire Digital Network 

Posted Sat Nov 9 13:21:28 CST 2013

Lockport firefighters union raises funds with gun raffle,
guess who doesn't like it?

Most fundraiser raffles auction off a bottle of wine or tickets to a game, maybe some Tupperware.

But a lucky ticket from one southwest suburban firefighters union can fetch the winner a revolver or shotgun — even a semi-automatic rifle.

The Lockport Township Firefighters Local 1544 is raffling off two guns a month as well as gift cards to a local gun shop, according to the union's website. One winner in July will get a Smith & Wesson AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle.

Gun raffle tickets are $50 each and participants must be 21 and have a valid Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card. Winners receive vouchers and pick up their prizes at Rink's Gun & Sport in Lockport.

A website disclaimer reads: The winning ticketholder recognizes the inherent danger associated with firearms and as a condition of participating in this raffle, assumes any such risks involved. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune. 

Posted Sun Nov 3 08:28:25 CST 2013

Eastern Illinois University: Gun control forum set for Monday
"German police representatives" will tell Illinoisans all about it?

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) — Two German police representatives will lead a discussion on how the issues of gun control are being handled in Europe during a gun forum at 7 p.m. Monday at Eastern Illinois University’s Lumpkin Hall Auditorium.

Det. Captain Franz Plueckthun, commander of Undercover Operations of the Bavarian State Police, and Michael Tentler, consultant for the German BKA (FBI), will lead the discussion, according to a press release from the university.

In addition, Hafeez Muhammad, long-time resident and community activist of Chicago, will address the problem of gun shootings in Chicago ...

Read the whole story here.  

Posted Mon Oct 21 16:27:54 CDT 2013

Your ISRA Recognized and Honored at the Gun Rights Policy Conference as Affiliate of the Year

Special Awards for ISRA Executive Director Pearson and President Don Moran

ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson has been awarded the CCKRBA Gun Rights Defender of the Year and congratulations to ISRA President Don Moran for being awarded the CCRKBA Liberty Defender Award.

Posted Sat Sep 28 16:08:43 CDT 2013

Your ISRA Awarded Association of the Year by the NRA

Once again the ISRA brings home the coveted "Association of the Year" award from the recent NRA meeting at headquarters in Virginia!

Lawmakers: More gun instructors needed

SPRINGFIELD — With Illinois getting ready to join the rest of the nation in allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons, two state lawmakers are raising concerns about the number of instructors being certified to provide training.

Democratic state Reps. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg and Jerry Costello of Smithton said the Illinois State Police must move faster on approving trainers to deal with the potentially high number of applicants seeking concealed carry permits.

“It is critically important that not only those interested apply as soon as possible, but we also want to make sure ISP is approving these instructors at a much higher volume than they have been, due to the high number of those waiting for the right to safely protect their families,” Costello said in a prepared statement. ...

Read the whole story here  thesouthern.com

Posted Sun Sep 22 12:27:04 CDT 2013

FBI: Chicago officially America's murder capital

Statistics released by the FBI earlier this week show that Chicago passed New York as America's murder capital in 2012 despite the Windy City only having a third of the Big Apple's population.

The FBI recorded 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up from 431 in 2011. New York reported 419 murders in 2012, down from 515 the year before.

However, on a per-capita basis, the bureau reported that Flint, Michigan was more dangerous than the two larger cities. One in every 1,613 residents of Flint were murder victims last year, as the city of 101,558 reported 63 murders in 2012. ...

Read the whole story here  from Foxnews.com

Posted Fri Sep 20 00:11:43 CDT 2013

ISRA: Starbucks' CEO Announces 'Open Season' On His Employees

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

As millions of hunters and sportsmen prepare to take to the fields this autumn, the CEO of the Starbucks coffee chain announced today that his employees are now fair game for urban thugs, murderers, robbers and rapists. This announcement came by way of an open letter from the firm's CEO, Howard Schultz, in which Schultz informed law-abiding gun owners that, although their cash and credit cards are very welcome at Starbucks, their lawfully-owned firearms are not. Thus, Schultz has declared Starbucks stores to be pacifist oases inhabited by persons unwilling to defend themselves against violent crime.

"The Starbucks announcement is a slap in the face to every American who loves freedom and honors our Constitution," commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "Shultz's announcement is pure political grandstanding and does not at all reflect this nation's proud heritage of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership." ...

Read the whole story here  from PR Newswire

Posted Wed Sep 18 20:22:57 CDT 2013

ISRA Congratulates Colorado Voters For Kicking Gun-Grabbers Out Of Office

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA): The ISRA is today congratulating Colorado voters for unseating a pair of gun control extremists from their state senate. By way of a lot of hard work and determination, the organizers of the recall effort successfully educated voters on the issue and turned back a scheme by gun-grabbing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to derail the recall. Tuesday was a red letter day for gun rights and should serve as a warning to those politicians everywhere who choose political expediency over protection of constitutional rights.

"Colorado voters realized that it was too dangerous to allow Senators Morse and Giron to remain in office," commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "Fortunately for Coloradoans, their state constitution allows voters to limit the damage done by incompetent legislators by way of the recall process. Members of the Illinois General Assembly should be thankful that there is no recall provision in Illinois' constitution because I have a whole long list of legislators that I'd like to put in the unemployment line." ...

Read the whole story here  from PRN Newswire.com

Posted Wed Sep 11 18:36:07 CDT 2013

Chicago aldermen recommend repealing city gun registry

Aldermen on Monday recommended the repeal of the Chicago’s gun registry as required under the state's new concealed carry law, a move that would end a key piece of the city’s decades-long but ultimately unsuccessful effort to regulate handguns within its boundaries.

Revisions to the city’s gun-control ordinance endorsed by the Public Safety Committee would eliminate the decades-old registry, which was modified three years ago to require all handgun owners to get a permit after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city’s handgun ban.

That setback to the city’s gun-control regime was exacerbated when a federal appellate court ruled late last year that Illinois needed to change its laws allow people to carry concealed handguns. The state’s new concealed carry law, which will be in full effect sometime next year, puts sole control of gun registration and permits in the hands of state government. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Mon Sep 9 13:29:55 CDT 2013

Chicago pushes gun ban for businesses that serve alcohol

In something of an end run around the new state concealed carry gun law, Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, is pushing a city ordinance that would require all city businesses serving alcohol to prohibit firearms in their establishments.

State law prohibits the carrying of guns in businesses that get more than 50 percent of their revenue from alcohol, but it allows weapons in places like restaurants that make less than half their money from booze. Burke’s law would require all places serving alcohol to prohibit firearms, as private businesses are allowed to do under the state law ...

Read the whole story here.

Posted Mon Sep 9 13:43:17 CDT 2013

Concealed Carry Firearm Instructor?

The Illinois State Police today released the application to become an Illinois Conceal Carry Instructor. Click below! ...

Read the whole story here. (external link)

Posted Fri Aug 30 18:10:59 CDT 2013

Dem bill would trigger huge new taxes on guns, ammo

A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.

Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act," the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.

"This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said.

The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention.

Critics predicted defeat for the measure.

“What the anti-gun interests can’t ban, they want to tax it out of existence,” Alan Gottlieb, chairman for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told FoxNews.com. “It’s nothing more than confiscatory taxation. ...

Read the whole story here  from Foxnews.com

Posted Tue Aug 27 10:13:13 CDT 2013

Vernon Hills: No guns in new Dave & Buster's

Patrons at a planned Dave & Buster's in Vernon Hills might be able to play shoot-'em-up video games in the venue, but village officials have decided they don't want people bringing real weapons into the restaurant and arcade, despite a recent state law allowing concealed weapons.

Representatives of the company appeared before the Vernon Hills village board recently as part of the effort to open a new location for the national entertainment chain of the Westfield Hawthorn Mall.

The bar and restaurant bills itself as a kind of Chuck E. Cheese for adults, a location that includes arcade-style games, drinks and food.

Village officials required the restaurant apply for a special permit for its proposed 200 arcade game machines – something not required by the state or county – and are making that license contingent on various factors. Village officials recently added one more item to the list: Anyone with a concealed carry weapon should not be allowed in. ...

Read the whole story here  from the ChicagoTribune.com

Posted Tue Aug 20 20:22:32 CDT 2013

ISRA Sight-In Day Cancellation

The Sight-In Day at the ISRA Range scheduled for Aug 24 has been cancelled. This event will return in the future.

Posted Tue Aug 20 13:13:39 CDT 2013

ISRA SPECIAL ALERT - YOUR PRESENCE REQUESTED

WHAT: Special ISRA Town Hall Meeting to discuss status of Concealed Carry, gun bans, and grassroots campaigns to defeat anti-gun mayors. 

WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 7:00 PM 

WHERE: Diplomat West Banquet Hall, northwest corner of Route 83 and North Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois

WHO: ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson, will be hosting a special Town Hall meeting to discuss the status of implementation of concealed carry. The discussions will include the current status of the legislation along with possible excuses and dirty tricks that are being used, and may be used in the future, to derail implementation of the law. Also subject to discussion will be upcoming gun control legislation and renewed attempts to ban your guns. The town hall will also serve as a nucleus for organizing grassroots efforts to unseat mayors who belong to Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” 

ADMISSION IS FREE – ALL GUN OWNERS AND 2ND AMENDMENT SUPPORTERS WELCOME!

BRING A FRIEND OR TWO! 

BRING A NOTEPAD AND A PEN OR PENCIL 

PLEASE POST THIS ALERT TO ANY AND ALL INTERNET BLOGS AND BULLETIN BOARDS TO WHICH YOU BELONG

Posted Sun Aug 18 20:53:49 CDT 2013

Spokane schools revelation affirms NRA recommendation

Eight months after National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre was excoriated in the media for proposing armed security officers in public schools as a response to the Sandy Hook shooting, the Spokane Spokesman-Review revealed Wednesday that schools in that city could have armed staff by January.

The newspaper said 13 district employees who are already commissioned peace officers, could be on patrol in the schools, carrying sidearms. According to the story, armed school “resource officers” is one of several proposals okayed by the school district following the Newtown massacre. ...

Read the whole story here  from Dave Workman, Examiner.com

Posted Sun Aug 18 01:51:05 CDT 2013

Illinois State Rifle Association To Turn Heat Up On Suburban And Small Town Mayors

Suburban and small town members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will soon find themselves under increased scrutiny thanks to a constituent information campaign launched by the Illinois State Rifle Association. In recent days, the ISRA delivered several thousand information packets to firearm owners residing in more than two dozen communities whose mayors belong to MAIG. ...

Suburban and small town members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will soon find themselves under increased scrutiny thanks to a constituent information campaign launched by the Illinois State Rifle Association. In recent days, the ISRA delivered several thousand information packets to firearm owners residing in more than two dozen communities whose mayors belong to MAIG. ...

Suburban and small town members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will soon find themselves under increased scrutiny thanks to a constituent information campaign launched by the Illinois State Rifle Association. In recent days, the ISRA delivered several thousand information packets to firearm owners residing in more than two dozen communities whose mayors belong to MAIG. ...

Read the whole story here  from PRNewswire

Posted Tue Aug 13 13:14:54 CDT 2013

Gun Crimes Plummet Even As Gun Sales Rise

A majority of Americans say they think gun crime has increased over the past 20 years, even though it has actually fallen dramatically, a recent Pew Research Center survey shows. The infographic below provides a closer look at some recent numbers. ...

Read the whole story here  from NSSFblog.org

Posted Thu Aug 8 14:45:59 CDT 2013

A Wake Up Call For Self Defense Video From NRA News Journalist Ginny Simone

Watch this video from NRA News Journalist Ginny Simone! ...

Read the whole story here. (external link)

Posted Thu Aug 1 11:23:54 CDT 2013

Dart's Deputies seizing cards and firearms from those with revoked FOIDs

CHICAGO (CBS) – A new team from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has launched an effort to seize guns from thousands of people whose state gun permits have been revoked.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports more than 3,000 people in Cook County have failed to surrender their revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification cards, but Sheriff Tom Dart said most people with revoked FOID cards don’t get rid of their guns ...

Read the whole story on CBS Local. 

Posted Sat Jul 27 07:27:15 CDT 2013

These 4 planning to carry for their own safety...

Tribune starts to socialize the notion that CCW is a normal activity.

Michele Frejek, McHenry

Michele Frejek, 43, shoots for sport with her boyfriend, who is more accustomed to Texas' gun law than Illinois'. They both said they're planning to apply for concealed carry permits, but they were disappointed that there are so many places that will be restricted under the law ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Tribune 

Posted Sat Jul 27 07:22:02 CDT 2013

 

 
 

 
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