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Holiday Gifts

by Don Bekeleski

I saw the video with ABC7 news saying that Black Friday seen a very big jump in gun purchases, more than any other year, which probably are going to end up being Christmas gifts. Wow that’s really nice to hear! More people involved in the shooting sports!

Now we will have more law–abiding people exercising their 2nd Amendment rights by purchasing firearms for themselves or loved ones. It reminds me of my first gun. It was a 16 ga. Mossberg bolt action with select choke. I was mesmerized by it and I was a totally excited 16 year old boy who could now hunt and shoot clay pigeons on weekends.

If your youngster is looking for that type of gift, don’t disappoint him or her.  The biased comment I didn’t like from ABC7 was that it might not be a “silent night” this year! Guns are a very wholesome and traditional type of gift for Christmas. Why the big news item over this type of gift and then to make a comment in a way to make it seem like a bad gift. That’s really a low blow!

What else would you expect from a biased television station? They make it seem like all these law abiding people are going to fire off their guns on Christmas Eve. How ridiculous of a statement is that? How I wish Thomas Jefferson was alive to deliver a rebuttal to such total and ludicrous nonsense from the news media! Instead of saying that there will be many happy gun owners receiving a gift they are sure to love and many youngsters starting into a new outdoor sport, we get a liberal nonsense statement like this.

I am praying that all those people receiving that gift will realize that as fast as they receive it, there are still those out there that would just as fast like to stop you from owning it and dissolve the 2nd Amendment.

I hope that this will make all these new gun owners realize that they should join the ISRA to help protect that right. We need all gun owners new and old to join us next March in Springfield at IGOLD!
The ISRA is also a very traditional organization in the way that it defends your right to own and use that new gift. Let’s add thousands to our march on the capitol next year!

I wish every salesman that sold one of those guns would have mentioned how important joining the Illinois State Rifle Association is to help in the fight to get conceal carry and many other pieces of legislation passed in this state.

Also by belonging they will be informed so as not to vote for someone in the next election that will work against their 2nd Amendment rights.  There is strength in numbers so let’s increase those numbers on our side. We need every gun owner in this organization! I am tired of mentioning things to shooters at the range and hearing, “I never heard about such and such”! “What, and you own a gun”! C’mon ostrich, get your head out of the sand!

Yes, enjoy your new firearm. It is a thing of beauty in its own way. Then be a real concerned gun owner and get involved. There are way too many on the sidelines already. Please don’t add to them.

Let’s start to make it a tradition that when you become a new gun owner, you also automatically join the ISRA! What better way to stand tall knowing you are doing your part.

Polish that new gun up with some oil and then lay it on the table where you can sit by it, admire and look at it, then fill out your application to join the ISRA on that same table.
Believe me you will feel much better after you have done both of these things!

This article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the official position of the ISRA.

Webmaster's note:
Have you ever questioned whether you can actually give the gift of a firearm? Is that a straw sale? We found the following text in the ATF 4473 form helpful, pertaining to question 11a:

Question 11.a. Actual Transferee/Buyer:
For purposes of this form, you are the actual buyer if you are purchasing the firearm for yourself or otherwise acquiring the firearm for yourself (e.g., redeeming the firearm from pawn/retrieving it from consignment, firearm raffle winner). You are also the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm as a legitimate gift for a third party. ACTUAL BUYER EXAMPLES: Mr. Smith asks Mr. Jones to purchase a firearm for Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith gives Mr. Jones the money for the firearm. Mr. Jones is NOT THE ACTUAL TRANSFEREE/BUYER of the firearm and must answer "NO" to question 11a. The licensee may not transfer the firearm to Mr. Jones. However, if Mr. Brown goes to buy a firearm with his own money to give to Mr. Black as a present, Mr. Brown is the actual buyer of the firearm and should answer "YES" to question 11a. However, you may not transfer a firearm to any person you know or have reasonable cause to believe is prohibited under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), (n), or (x).

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