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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 28, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 28, 2021

by Richard Pearson

In a previous Thursday Bulletin I mentioned when the Illinois General Assembly would go back into session.  There have already been changes.  The Illinois House of Representatives will only meet one day in February, the 10th.  On this day they will adopt rules to hold subject matter hearings remotely.  They will not, and should not, have hearings which will advance bills and resolutions remotely.  We will keep you updated.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 21, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 21, 2021

by Richard Pearson

By now most of you know the NRA has filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  Chapter 11 is protection from creditors, not complete bankruptcy.  The NRA has also announced it will reincorporate in Texas.  The NRA Board of Directors and Wayne LaPierre have been chastised and applauded for these moves.  I am on the applauding side of these moves.  It has been suggested many times that the NRA, which was founded and incorporated in New York State in 1871, move out of New York to a more friendly state.  It’s too bad it had to happen this way but at least it is getting done.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 14, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 14, 2021

by Richard Pearson

All through 2020 I have reported that firearm sales were skyrocketing and the final numbers prove that.  A new record of 21,000,000 background checks that resulted in firearm sales was set.  Of those 21,000,000 sales, 40% of them were to women.  African Americans purchased 58% more firearms than in any previous year.  Many of those were to African American women.  The record 21,000,000 firearm sales exceeded those during the 2016 Presidential Election by 34%.  The final tally shows there were 8,400,000 new gun owners in the United States.  The NICS check for December 2020 was 3,937,066, an all-time high once again.  For the entire year, the NICS checks were 39,695,315, as expected, another new record. This was driven by not only increased firearm sales but also background checks for concealed carry permits.  The number of firearm sales was down slightly for December but I believe that was simply because there was nothing to buy, at least, that anyone wanted. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 7, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 7, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Friday, January 8, the Illinois General Assembly will return to Springfield for Lame Duck Session.  One bill we will be watching is SB1966 which is in the Senate.  Please call your State Senator and ask them to oppose SB1966.  On Wednesday, January 13, this bill will die at noon when the 102nd General Assembly is sworn in. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 31, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 31, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The year 2020 is about to slip into history.  Many are rejoicing that 2020 is gone or soon will be, depending on when you read this.  There are many that can’t wait to see 2021 because they hope things will get better.  I think the hope that things will get better in 2021 is on tenuous footing.  Hope, as I always point out, is poor strategy.  In 2020, gun owners had a President that had their back.  Red China was at the gates of fortress USA but we had a President that was fighting them.  It looks like we will have an anti-gun President appointing advisors and Cabinet members who are anti-gun and Red China will no longer be at the gates, but in the Oval Office.  The future doesn’t look all that bright as far as I am concerned.  I think we may look back on 2020 as the good old days.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 24, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 24, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The ammunition shortage continues to be a topic that shooters are talking about.  For those of us who like to shoot in competitions, leagues, take classes, practice or just go out and plink, this is a problem.  In a recent interview with Jason Vanderbrink, president of Vista Outdoors, the company that makes Federal, CCI, Speer and now Remington, pointed out that ammunition companies are working every minute of every day to meet the demand.  These companies, and I am sure their competitors, are adding employees, machinery and space to produce enough to meet the new demand.  One of the challenges these companies face is educating and training new employees.  The making of ammunition is a precise business in the United States and those standards have to be maintained.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 17, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 17, 2020

by Richard Pearson

We are all aware of the Red Chinese influence on the United States.  The Chinese have been in the diplomatic intrigue business for thousands of years, yet we seem to underestimate them.  They pat you on the back and pick your pocket at the same time.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 10, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 10, 2020

by Richard Pearson

We have lost a true American hero.  On Monday, December 7, 2020, General Chuck Yeager passed away at the age of 97.  General Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier in level flight.  Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane to a speed of Mach 1.06.   The Bell X-1 was nicknamed The Bullet because of its shape.  It was a good name for the plane because it was designed in the shape of a .50 caliber machine gun bullet.  They just added wings and a rocket engine.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 3, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 3, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The constant question everyone is asking is where all the ammunition is.  There are all kinds of conspiracy theories out there but I don’t buy any of them at this time.  The production of ammunition is more complicated than one might assume.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 26, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 26, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, even those sneaking around having underground secret Thanksgiving dinners with family and friends - You naughty people. 

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