by John Krupa III
One of the many jobs I have become involved with over the years is working as an expert consultant and expert witness with various law firms and private attorneys on firearm industry related cases, private gun owner cases and use of deadly force cases.
by Richard Pearson
I am often asked what it is like in Springfield. Let me say that any legislative body tends to be messy. The bigger the legislative body or the bigger the jurisdiction it represents, the messier it is. Illinois is one of the bigger legislative bodies and jurisdictions as far as population. It is more than just issues; it is all the people, organizations and bureaucratic government entities that will be affected, or at least think they will be affected. Most of the time we pretty well know who these are but it is not uncommon for one of these people or groups to come forward that we may not have recognized or anticipated. Many times, people have misinterpreted what they read or understood. Sometimes people see things we did not see. What I have learned is that the simple answer may not be so simple. Whatever the case, it all has to be dealt with. The ISRA Lobbyists will be there and ready.
The ISRA Annual Sighting-In-Day (SID) will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9:30-3:30. The ISRA Range offers this event every year as a public service to the community. Aside from sighting-in your firearms, we provide this service in the interest of firearm safety. We check in all firearms and make sure the ammunition is correct, sights are mounted properly and make certain you know how to operate your firearm. While Sighting-In-Day is designed for hunters, we have many people who have purchased a firearm but have never fired it. They are also welcome to come spend the day and see our Range. This is a chance for the ISRA to meet the gun owning community.
The Illinois State Rifle Association will sponsor a scaled down version of IGOLD on Tuesday, October 29th. The venue for the meeting is the Howlett Building Auditorium which only holds about 500 people. The purpose of this event is to stop in and see your State Senator and ask them to vote NO on SB1966. If it passes the Senate, the Governor will surely sign it. As long as you are there, take time to go see your State Representative. If you are unable to be present, please call your State Senator and State Representative from your home or work.
by Richard Pearson
The first Veto Session is scheduled for October 28th, 29th and 30th. Monday, October 28th, is the day to gather all legislators. The realization will start on Tuesday, October 29th. The mini IGOLD will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019. We will begin in the Howlett Building Auditorium at 9:00am, give a legislative update and overview of our goals, and a briefing on lobbying the Legislators before heading to the Capitol to lobby. The Howlett Building is on the south end of the Capitol Complex. You will need to enter through the east entrance of the Howlett Building or the east entrance of the Capitol Building. The east entrance of the Capitol Building may be easier because they have more scanners. These are secured entrances so be prepared to go through a security check. It would be a good idea to bring a Ziploc bag to put your keys, wallet, pens, and change in when you pass through security. This will make it easier on both you and the security guards in order to keep things moving. Please leave your pocket knife in your vehicle.
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to review a case challenging the State of Illinois’ ban on concealed carry by non-residents, asserting that without high court review, “virtually all Americans will be deprived of their full Second Amendment rights while in the State of Illinois, based on nothing more than their state of residence.”
by Richard Pearson
Most of us meander through life changing gradually as we meet people and entertain new ideas. Every once in a while, we meet a person or an idea in life that causes us to take a sharp 90 degree turn in our life. We may not even realize it right away until we view it through a perspective of our own history sometime later. This can be a teacher, someone we work with, an acquaintance or just anyone.