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Firearms Education and Training

Firearms and Shooting Information

ISRA Members Websites
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Know Your Enemies

Know & Contact Your State Government

How a State Bill Becomes Law

Know & Contact Your Federal Government

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Shooting Competition

Outdoors Sites & Publications

Outdoors Organizations

Outdoor Ranges that are open to the Public

Illinois Clubs with Events Open to the Public

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Important Disclaimers:  Most of these links are to sites that are not part of the ISRA, or affiliated with it.  It is possible that some of these sites contain material or viewpoints that run counter to the viewpoints of the ISRA, or your own viewpoints.  This will apply particularly to sites designated as representing enemies of your freedoms.  We present links of differing or opposing viewpoints because you need to know what these folks are up to, not because we agree with them.  We will also present links to other pro-gun sites that we think you should know about, but that we might not agree with completely.

Where we know upfront that the site listed is one of our enemies, we intend to make that easily understood by what kind of heading we place it under.

ISRA is not responsible for the content of linked sites.


ISRA Hotlinks
Links that are hot and making news right now.
ChicagoGunCase.com Website run by the attorneys representing ISRA in McDonald v Chicago, as it heads to a hearing to overturn Chicago's gun ban.  All the case filings, briefs, pleadings are there for your viewing pleasure.

National Gun Rights Organizations
Many, if not all of the viewpoints and missions of these organizations are inline with ISRA.
National Rifle Association Offering America's preeminent shooting, training, educational and public service programs that foster the safe, responsible ownership and use of firearms.
Second Amendment Foundation The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership America's Most Aggressive Defender of Firearms Ownership.  You don't have to be Jewish to join JPFO or to appreciate their unique viewpoint and material.
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance provides direct lobbying and grassroots coalition support to protect and advance the rights of hunters, fishermen, trappers and scientific wildlife management professionals. This is accomplished through coalition building, ballot issue campaigning and legislative and government relations.
Bloomfield Press Also known as gunlaws.com, Bloomfield Press is the largest publisher and distributor of books on gun law in the USA.  Alan Korwin has lots of great position papers and info on issues on the website.
Dave Kopel Dave Kopel is research director at the Independence Institute, and associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute. He is the author of No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement, and How to Fix It, Antitrust After Microsoft, and The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? He is an expert on firearms policy, juvenile crime, drug policy, criminal sentencing, and environmental law.
Independence Institute The Independence Institute is established upon the eternal truths of the Declaration of Independence. Founded in 1985, the Independence Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy research organization dedicated to providing timely information to concerned citizens, government officials, and public opinion leaders.
Cato Institute The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government.
Second Amendment Coalition of Missouri The Second Amendment Coalition of Missouri, Inc. is an organization founded in 1991 to support and promote the Second Amendment.
Liberty Belles As we work to preserve our rights we must also work to preserve our culture. We can do this by acting in accordance with our beliefs and reaffirming our commitment to our culture in our daily lives.
Second Amendment Sisters Second Amendment Sisters, Inc. is a women's advocacy group dedicated to preserving the basic human right to self-defense, as recognized by the Second Amendment.

Illinois Gun Rights & Bulletin Boards
Many, if not all of the viewpoints and missions of these organizations are inline with ISRA.

Will County ISRA Grassroots The Will County ISRA Grassroots chapter is the shining example of what grassroots organization can accomplish.  Informative meetings are held monthly in Joliet.  You don't have to live in Will County to drop by and feel welcome. 
Knox County Riflemen - ISRA Grassroots United in our love of the United States, her Constitution and our God-given right to keep and bear arms, the Knox County Riflemen have formed as a grass-roots organization affiliated with the Illinois State Rifle Association, and we stand up boldly for America's First Freedom. 
IllinoisCarry.com Illinois' premier bulletin board forum for CCW.  Discuss firearms issues with your peers!  Click here to join the fight for concealed carry in Illinois.
Chicago Firearms Safety Association The Chicago Firearms Safety Association is a newly formed organization dedicated to fighting for the Second Amendment rights of Chicago area residents. We are focused on political, legal, educational, recruitment, and training activities regarding gun owners rights. We meet at 7:00 pm on the second and forth Tuesday of each month at 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. ( blk. South of 39th St and 1 blk. West of cottage gr.).
Illinois Pro-2nd Amendment Resolution This site was begun to promote the Pro Second Amendment Resolution that is currently sweeping Illinois. It was the intent of the founders of the resolution to have the resolution submitted and hopefully passed in as many counties as possible in Illinois.
Champaign County Rifle Association We are a civil rights organization dedicated to fully restoring to the citizens of Illinois their full rights as guaranteed by the US Constitution. Our main focus is, of course, the Second Amendment.
One of our primary activities has been putting up the "Burma Shave"-style signs that you may have seen along many of the major highways throughout Illinois.
Sangamon County Rifle Association Right Reason on Second Amendment Rights!
If you live in this area we invite you to attend our regular SCRA meetings on the first Monday of each month at Diamond's Buffet, 2441 S. MacArthur in Springfield at 6:30 PM (5:30 PM for dinner and conversation). The food is good, all you can eat! You'll have a good time handling the hardware (firearms), talking about the issues and joining in the fun of some great technical presentations. SCRA does not charge membership dues.
AR15.com This is really a national site, but they've got local bulletin boards for each state.  Several members of ISRA leadership lurk on the Illinois Hometown forum. If you want info on your favorite AR-type rifle, or AK variant, this site has a forum for you! Many manufacturers maintain a presence on this site, as well.
GunMap.org "The Death of gun Control" - The Map. 

Examiner.com reporters worth following

Chicago Gun Rights Examiner Don Gwinn has moderated The Firing Line and The High Road forums and serves as a Director of Illinois Carry.
Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate and writer. A featured columnist for Guns Magazine, his articles and his online journal, The War on Guns , defiantly challenge the folly of citizen disarmament.
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman is an author, senior editor of Gun Week, communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, award-winning outdoor writer, former member of the NRA Board of Directors.
Self-Defense Examiner Eric Puryear is a recent law school graduate who grew up in Chicago and now lives in Iowa.
St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He writes a gun rights blog, called Armed and Safe.

Other Friendly Places

Firearm Law & Commentary by Vic Quilici This is a new site with commentary by Victor D. Quilici, Attorney & Counselor at Law.  You might find the commentary helpful and educational. 
NRA Foundation The NRA Foundation is the country's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, awarding more than $70 million since its inception in 1990. The NRA Foundation supports those organizations and programs that ensure the continuation of our proud shooting and hunting heritage.
Friends of NRA Friends of NRA is a grassroots fundraising program that fosters community involvement, raises money and gives 100 percent of the net proceeds to qualified local, state and national programs. Events include dinner followed by auctions and special drawings for unique merchandise.
Illinois Friends of NRA The Illinois Home of the Friends of NRA - Find local events - Get involved in your area.

Firearms Education and Training

Firearm Safety Training, Inc. Train locally in Morris and Plainfield!
Firearm Safety Training specializes in offering the NRA's FIRST Steps Courses. FIRST Steps(Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training) is the NRA's response to the American public's need for a firearm orientation program for new gun purchasers.
Heartland Training Team Train locally near Marion, Carterville and West Frankfort!
The Heartland Training Team offers a comprehensive package of firearms training courses designed to help both the beginning and experienced shooter improve and maintain their skills. Whether your interest is in target shooting, recreational or defensive shooting, there’s something for you in our course offerings. (See our course flyers for a more detailed description of courses offered.)
SAFE Gun Permits LLC Safe Gun Permits LLC teaches various state concealed carry permits throughout Illinois.  We teach the class, take your photos, fingerprint you and mail in your applications all for one low price.  We concentrate on the Utah and Florida CCW permit and will soon be teaching Illinois CCW.  If a student is able to host a class, we bring everything to them and give 1 free class to the host.  If you would like to get on our mailing list for Illinois CCW news, please visit the homepage to subscribe.  Check out our classes today at safegunpermits.com!
Shooter School Weapons Training Shooter School Weapons Training Site is located in Central Illinois, and although classes are primarily at range facilities located in Atwood, IL., we have the capability to bring training courses to your area as well. We are a no nonsense firearms training company which provides tactical weapon instruction to qualified civilians, law enforcement, military personnel and corporate security and offers tiered firearm courses with progressive levels of instruction, from qualified instructors with experience in military and/or law enforcement operations. Current course offerings include Pistol, Carbine, Precision Rifle and when available, CCW certification courses.  All instructors have significant professional teaching experience, and remain active in the law enforcement field.
Firearms Safety Group Firearm Safety Group provides professional personal protection training.  Courses include CCW, Basic Pistol, Personal Protection In and Out of the Home, Refuse To Be A Victim, and Self Defense. We also offer private firearms instruction for individuals, families, or groups.  Our firearms instructor’s mission at FSG is to provide top quality training for all who desire education and exercise their right to defend themselves and their families. Our goal as firearms instructors is to enhance your knowledge, skills, and attitude about personal protection and firearm ownership.
Illinois Concealed Carry LLC Illinois Concealed Carry, LLC offers professional and standardized lethal and non-lethal firearm handling, carrying and safety training. Train with certified and highly qualified instructors whose number one priority is your safety!  We are committed to providing quality firearm and non-lethal weapon training to responsible adults to want to enhance their firearm knowledge, skill and attitude. Our goal is to get all firearm and non-lethal weapon owners trained to a high-level of proficiency. Whether you are a novice, beginner or have many years of experience; we can add to your skill-set!!!
Anywhere CCW, LLC Anywhere CCW teaches the Utah and Florida permit throughout the State.  They teach classes for groups of 10 or more and will travel to your location.  Anywhere CCW offers discounts for larger groups.  Anywhere CCW also teaches regularly at different locations.  Check out their class offerings page to sign up for the class.  For one low fee, you get the class, the fingerprints, your photo and they mail the application for you for the Utah permit.
Midwest Training Group Based in Idaho offers handgun instruction, rifle training, and shotgun training of the
highest quality is offered to both law enforcement and the private citizen.  Teaches courses in basic and advanced pistol, tactical classes, instructors includes Massad Ayoob. 
Safer USA The Howell Shooting Club and SAFER USA are family oriented organizations. We are also committed to bringing non-traditional shooters into the shooting sports: women, minorities and youth are encouraged to participate.

We particularly encourage anyone to take our courses who would like to become a volunteer instructor. We have ample opportunity to assist in teaching NRA basic courses, youth programs, women’s programming and other specialized programs. Partial scholarships are available for those in need of financial aid and committed to helping instruct in our programs.
utahccw.us If you have been considering getting a Utah Concealed Carry Permit, now is the time to act. Currently the Utah CCW Permit is the MOST HONORED permit in all the nation, valid in 33 states and counting.

utahccw.us features an NRA certified pistol instructor and Utah certified concealed firearms permit instructor, holding classes in Crystal Lake, IL.
Revolutionary War Veterans Association
Appleseed Project
The Appleseed Program is designed to take you from being a simple rifle owner to being a true rifleman. All throughout American history, the rifleman has been defined as a marksman capable of hitting a man-sized target from 500 yards away — no ifs, ands or buts about it. This 500-yard range is traditionally known as "the rifleman's quarter-mile;" a rifleman can hit just about any target he can see. This skill was particularly evident in the birth of our country, and was the difference in winning the Revolutionary War. 
Check the RWVA Appleseed Current Schedule.
ConcealedCarry.cc Andy Boutwell is a non-resident instructor for Florida CCW in the suburbs of Chicago.
ShootingSafely.com Although located near Fargo/Moorhead/Detroit Lakes, we do classes throughout the midwest. For our local classes we have no minimum number of participants that are required...and...we also can come to you! Many of our classes are organized and conducted at organized shooting ranges and sportsman's clubs. In addition, some classes (Utah for example) do not require a range exercise, so they literally can be held "anywhere". We have done classes in schools, churches, private homes and businesses, community rooms, hotel conference rooms....anywhere we can meet !
Front Sight The world's premier and largest resort dedicated exclusively to providing you and your family with specialized training courses in self-defense and personal safety.
Massad Ayoob & Lethal Force Institute Massad Ayoob, LFI's founder, is the acknowledged expert on the use of deadly force in self-defense by civilians.
ISRA Education & Training The new ISRA Education and Training webpage!

Firearms and Shooting Information

National Shooting Sports Foundation Formed in 1961, The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the trade association for the firearms and recreational shooting sports industry. Its purpose is to provide trusted leadership in addressing industry challenges and delivering programs and services to meet the identified needs of its members by measurably advancing participation in and understanding of the hunting and shooting sports.  Their website is a great resource for all kinds of information.
Manuals at Steve's Pages Stephen Ricciardelli's web site has scans and pdfs of many user manuals for various firearms.  Looking for a manual for a particular firearm?  Try this site.
Where to Shoot The Where to Shoot web site provides quick and easy access to target shooting and hunting facilities.

Know Your Enemies

Brady Center

Brady Campaign

Make no mistake about it:  These folks are out to steal your rights, your freedom,  and your heritage any way they can.  They are indeed misguided, but they wrap the message up in smarmy feel-good platitudes that the ignorant (ignorant about firearms and freedom) can lap up.  They have another website too, the Brady Campaign, which features the annual state report cards that for make infuriating reading; notice how the states that get the worst grades from the Bradys are much lower in crime than those that get their high grades?
Illinois Council against Handgun Violence Don't let the name fool you, they are under the delusion they are combating violence, when what they are really trying to do is take away your right to defend yourself.
Join Together Online Nameless, faceless individuals working hard on the wrong side of the gun issue, under the guise of public health. They are also concerned about substance abuse, and we are not in conflict with that mission. 
NRA-ILA's national list of
anti-gun organizations,
celebrities, and companies
The listed organizations have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations. In many instances, these organizations lent their name in support of specific campaigns to pass anti-gun legislation such as the March 1995 HCI "Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws." Many of these organizations were listed as "Campaign Partners," for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton "assault weapons" ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions.

Know & Contact Your State Government

Illinois Government Office of the
Governor of Illinois
Contact the
Governor of Illinois
Illinois Constitution Illinois State Board of Elections Find Your Illinois Legislators
You can also use this link to find email addresses for some individual legislators.
Illinois Legislation Illinois Senate Illinois House
Main Illinois Legislature Page Illinois Senate Republicans Illinois House Republicans
More Illinois Legislative Links Illinois Senate Democrats Illinois House Democrats
How a Bill Becomes Law
Flow chart from the Illinois Legislative Resource Unit
Ill. Dept. of Natural Resources IDNR Hunting website IDNR CWD INFO
IDNR Hunter Safety Education IDNR Map to Hunter Safety Classes IDNR Opportunities for the Disabled Sportsman
IDNR Fur Hunting and Trapping IDNR World Shooting Complex IDNR Press Releases
Illinois Government
Phone Numbers
Governor
(217) 782-6830
Illinois House
(217) 782-8223
Illinois Senate
(217) 782-4517

Links to Websites of ISRA Members

We have a new page to showcase the websites of ISRA Members.


Illinois Firearms Information

We moved our links to the Illinois State Police and the FOID application to a new Illinois Firearms Info Page.

ISP Private Firearm Transfer FOID Checks here.


Know & Contact Your Federal Government

FirstGov.Gov - U.S. Government Web Portal The President The Vice President
U.S. Constitution Amendments to the U.S. Constitution U.S. Supreme Court
Find Your Federal Legislators & Also here U.S. Senate U.S. House of Representatives
Thomas - Congressional Web Portal & Legislative Search Engine U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee U.S. House Judiciary Committee
ATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ATF Firearms Page ATF Regulations

Shooting Competition

Central Illinois Precision Shooters An association of interested shooters and coaches from Central Illinois, working to establish a new organization to promote safety and training in the areas of precision shooting. Targeting small bore and air gun disciplines for junior shooters, college shooters, and their families.

Currently raising funds for their own range and training facility. Please contribute!
Civilian Marksmanship Program

CMP Match Results

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. The CMP operates through a network of affiliated shooting clubs and associations that covers every state in the U.S.A., including the ISRA in Illinois.
Illinois Highpower Highpower Rifle competition in Illinois. This is where you can find out about upcoming matches, check results of past matches, and learn how to get started in this enjoyable sport.
Arlington International Airgun Club (AIAC) and AIAC Juniors Dedicated to Olympic-style air pistol and air rifle shooting. The club's adult 10M range conforms to all International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) specifications for target height and distance, and features individual target lighting that conforms to ISSF specifications for range illumination. The AIAC Juniors 3P Junior Olympic air rifle program teaches students in grades 7 to 12 proper gun safety.

Outdoors Sites & Publications

Adventure Sports Outdoors Long-time friend of the ISRA, ASO is Illinois' portal to the great outdoors.  Accessible to all with a great magazine, TV & radio shows, and of course, the website.  News and features from the finest outdoors writers!
Shotgun Sports Magazine Excellent source for readers to learn more about shotguns, reloading, how-to's, gun reviews, what's going on politically, etc.  Website offers selected articles from the magazine.
Hunt Info One-click access to all 50 state wildlife agency home pages with full details on season dates, application deadlines, license fees, population summaries, harvest data and MORE.

Outdoors Organizations

Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources "Our mission is to unite the outdoor resource user groups and individuals of Illinois; namely, hunters, fishermen, trappers, trail riders, conservation clubs, gun clubs, and all other recreational users dedicated to preserving, restoring and developing the state's natural resources upon which their recreation or interest depend, and to provide full time representation for our members with the IDNR and our Legislators."  The ISRA is a member of IFOR.
The Illinois Federation of Hunting Dogs The I.F.H.D. is an organization that was formed January 23, 1988 by a group interested in preserving the Sport of Hunting with Dogs. I.F.H.D. works to conserve the States Resources so that future generations will have the pleasure of Hunting with Dogs in our Great Outdoors. The I.F.H.D is a member of IFOR.
Step Outside STEP OUTSIDE is a program that encourages outdoor enthusiasts to welcome friends, family and special guests to share in the outdoor experience. STEP OUTSIDE challenges each & every outdoorsman and outdoorswoman to make a pledge to introduce a newcomer to target shooting, archery, hunting or fishing.

Outdoor Ranges that are open to the Public

Buffalo Range Buffalo Range consists of rifle ranges, pistol ranges, a plinking range and shotgun ranges with spring-loaded manual throwers. - Near Ottawa, IL

Illinois Clubs with Events Open to the Public

Aurora Sportsmen's Club The Aurora Sportsmen's Club is one of Northern Illinois oldest and largest private shooting sports facilities. Incorporated over 50 years ago, the Aurora Sportsmen's Club (ASC) presently offers a wide range of shooting programs for both the membership and non-member general public. The Club is proud of their tradition of Community Service and Education. ASC offers Friday night trap shoots and CMP clinics that are open to the public.
Highland Pistol and Rifle Club The Highland Pistol and Rifle Club holds State and regional matches, as well as registered trap, cowboy action, Monday night air gun silhouette, Jr. Rifle and
pistol team, old military rifle shoots and much more.
Kickapoo Muzzleloaders Founded in 1952 for the purpose of "Preserving for tomorrow the pioneer arms craftsmanship and skill which bore freedom and liberty", the Kickapoo Muzzleloaders Club is a family oriented muzzleloading club which sponsors and hosts a wide variety of events at its range near Bloomington, IL.
LeRoy Rifle and Pistol Club All Scheduled shoots and matches shall be open to the public unless otherwise stated. the event chairperson or Chief Range Officer operating the event shall have the right to refuse anyone the opportunity to participate.
McLean County Sportsmen's Association Promoting the positive image of sportsmen!  McLean County Sportsmen's Association began as an association comprising local hunting & fishing groups. Host of the famous Wild Game Banquet!
Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club The Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club (NIRPC) was formed over 50 years ago. The club works with Boy Scouts as well as County and State organizations to assist them with their shooting programs. NIRPC is proud of its tradition of Community Service and Education.
Peoria Skeet & Trap "Preserving the Freedom & Heritage of Firearms ownership through the Promotion of Clay Target Shotgunning."
Pine Tree Pistol Club Rockford, IL - The Pine Tree Pistol Club has many offerings to the whole family, providing gun safety classes for all, in-house competition matches, as well as competition matches on the national level, ladies only firearm classes, Jr. Rifling for the younger members just to name some of our great activities. So become a member today and enjoy our warm atmosphere.
Sandwich Sportsmans Club The Sandwich Sportsmans Club has had a long history of serving the local community. The club is nested back in the woods with peace and quiet. We offer a variety of this to do. We have trap shoot, camping, pistol range, archery range and fishing. The club also has many events through out the year. We have Buffet Breakfasts, Kids Fishing Derby, Pig Raffle, Haunted House, Sportsman sale and many more!  Phone: 815-786-6969

We have a trap range that is open on Thursday evenings starting @ 6.00p.m. It runs from Mid April - Mid November. This is open to the public. 
South Suburban Police Pistol League 30 round bullseye matches held on the 1st Saturday of each month. Located in Midlothian, Illinois.  The South Suburban Police Pistol League was formed in 1967. It was originally comprised of law enforcement, correctional and security officers. Over the years many members retired or they desired to have family members or friends join and it has become primarily a civilian league.
Williamson County Gun Club "Fun in the Pines" - Home of the friendliest bunch you're likely to meet in Southern Illinois!  Host to several NRA Shooting Sports Camps.
 

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