Only a small number of pistols appear to be affected, but Ruger is asking owners of Ruger-57 pistols to perform a routine function check of the safety lever.
Thanks to all who purchased raffle tickets for Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) 2021. The drawing was held May 4, 2021, at ISRA Headquarters. The winning ticket numbers are below:
by Richard Pearson
I want to thank everyone one who filled out witness slips of opposition to HB1091 HFA#1. You all did a great job on short notice. This time of year we are on what is known as “24 hour posting notice“. That means bills being called in the committee have to be posted 24 hours before the committee or it can’t be called. What happened with HB1091 HFA#1 is a great example of how the system works. HB1092 HFA#1 was posted to committee at 1:22pm for hearing the next day at 5pm. We were alerted at about 2pm that the bill was posted to committee. We got the alert out calling for witness slips shortly after that. Then the time of the committee was changed back to 2pm the next day, just making the 24 hour posting notice. This gave the Second Amendment side as little time to react as possible. Of course, the anti-gun side knew all this was going to happen so they had the advantage. Still, with your help, we won that round.
Chatsworth, IL – White County Resident Judge T. Scott Webb has ruled Illinois’s FOID card law unconstitutional, paving the way for the Illinois Supreme Court to take up the issue, according to Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
The case is The People of Illinois vs. Vivian Claudine Brown. In March of 2017, Brown was accused of possessing a firearm without a FOID card. In dismissing the charges against Brown, Judge Webb also ruled the FOID card unconstitutional.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) State Director, Colleen Callahan has officially notified the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) that the US Open Trapshooting Tournament (June 2-6) and The Grand American and AIM Youth Championships (July 30-August 14) will be allowed to take place at IDNR's World Shooting and Recreational Complex (Sparta, IL) this year.
by Richard Pearson
On Tuesday, April 13th, with only a few weeks left in the Spring Session, the Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield to face a mountain of bills and resolutions. The Illinois House of Representatives has 671 bills on the floor and the Illinois Senate has 234. That totals 905 bills that first must be dealt with in the originating chamber and if passed, sent to the opposite chamber. We are talking about Second and Third Readings, being returned to committee for amendments and back on the floor again and votes taken. Thousands of hours of work are required to do all of this and it won’t all get done. I would not be surprised to see Special Sessions this summer.