by Richard Pearson
A few weeks ago, I reported on the misuse of Colorado’s Red Flag law. If you recall, Officer Phil Morris stopped 19-year-old Jeremy Holmes who was acting erratically; Holmes pulled a hunting knife on the officer Morris. Holmes was told to drop the knife 36 times. Officer Morris was going to draw his taser but Holmes attacked. Officer Morris shot and killed Holmes. Holmes’ mother, Susan Holmes, filed an extreme risk order of protection (ERPO) against Morris, using Colorado’s Red Flag law. The whole incident was caught on the officer’s bodycam. Prior to Susan Holmes filing the ERPO, Morris’s shooting of Holmes was ruled justified. This ERPO, of course, raised holy heck with Officer Morris’s life, as it would with anyone. The good news is that Susan Holmes was arrested on perjury charges and is in the Larimer County Jail. I hope they throw the book at her and give the maximum penalty. There is no due process in these Red Flag laws. You are guilty until proven innocent. At some point, I expect these laws will go before the United States Supreme Court and be declared unconstitutional. Of course, thousands of people will have their lives ruined before that happens.
by Richard Pearson
The agonizing long waits to get a FOID card have plagued Illinois citizens for some time. The law required the Illinois State Police (ISP) to issue a FOID card in 30 days. During the Rauner Administration the time was extended to 60 days. Still the ISP kept falling further and further behind. We have to remember that a right delayed is a right denied. This is a terrible situation that should have never happened and did not need to happen. The ISRA, SAF and other plaintiffs are in court to rectify this situation. This case is known as Thomas, et.al. v. Illinois State Police, et.al.
In the last few months, we have heard from dozens of people who are having issues with their FOID Card and Concealed Carry applications.
by Richard Pearosn
While at the SHOT Show, I walked 31.5 miles looking for products that might be of interest to our members. After the first day everything was done in the exhibition hall so I was not able to do any live fire. Still, you can get a good idea of products simply by handling them or watching demonstrations.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Canada Valleyfield, Inc (GD-OTS), has determined a potential defect relating to certain lots of Accurate 2495, 4064 and 4350 propellants manufactured for Western Powders Inc. prior to October 1, 2016 and packaged under the Accurate brand name in 1 lb. and 8 lb. canisters, may be defective.
by Richard Pearson
As you may or may not know, Michael Bloomberg and the New York State Attorney General have been pressuring financial institutions and credit card companies to stop doing business with gun companies and those who use credit cards to purchase firearms. In some cases, even firearm training schools have been shut off. You are probably aware the National Rifle Association had its credit card program canceled by the hosting bank.
We actually don’t care what Michael Bloomberg or his financial thugs think. The Illinois State Rifle Association is fighting back. On February 1, 2020, the ISRA will launch an exciting new credit card for members only. We are teaming up with Services Credit Union (SCU) to bring you a powerful financial tool to help you reach your financial goals. The ISRA Credit Card is available to all active members of the ISRA and offers you:
4/20/2020-4/24/2020 - ISRA Range Classroom, Ranges 3 & 5 - 8:00-5:00
NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor Development Schools develop and enhance both instructor skills and firearm handling skills of all students so they can effectively teach their officers to win lethal encounters. These schools are intended for public and private law enforcement officers and military personnel who are currently assigned, or about to be assigned, duties as law enforcement firearm instructors.