ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 15, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 15, 2018

by Richard Pearson

As President Obama once said, elections have consequences.  There is no question that applies to the Midterm Elections of 2018 both in Illinois and across the country.  In Illinois, the loss of Bruce Rauner brought an immediate legislative response the next day by anti-gun State Senator Julie Morrison (D-    Deerfield).  The votes had hardly been counted when Morrison introduced SB3637, an ammunition tax bill.  SB3637 seeks to tax law-abiding gun owners to support mental health.  Mental Health is a universal problem and should not be placed on the backs of law-abiding gun owners.  This is clearly an effort to penalize Illinois gun owners, make shooting more expensive and make it more difficult for Illinois firearm dealers to compete.  This tax applies to every cartridge and shell, so this hits every firearm owner including hunters.  Not only is this a new tax but, once established, it is easy to just raise the tax rate to an onerous level.  The tax is now 1 cent per cartridge and shell but it would be easy to raise this to either 5 or 10 cents. This is designed to get the camel’s nose under the tent. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 8, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 8, 2018

by Richard Pearson

J.B. Pritzker has won the Governor’s race, as you already know.  That means the fight is on and the ISRA will be there fighting for you.  As Sir Winston Churchill pointed out, countries that fight, although they may get defeated from time to time, always rise again.  That is also true of causes like ours.  Those who don’t fight disappear and can only be found on a crumpled page of a history book.  We will always fight on.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 1, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 1, 2018

by Richard Pearson

A few months ago, I discussed the importance of applying for your FOID card immediately.  Please be very careful, particularly if you are unfamiliar with a computer; if you answer anything wrong, it becomes a mess.  When sending correspondence to the Illinois State Police (ISP) for your FOID, please send your documents either priority mail with a tracking number or send them certified mail (signed for).  This will allow you to track and ensure receipt of your documents.  Remember: if you are an ISRA member, our office will assist you.  You will need to call Mary at 815.635.3198 to schedule an appointment.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When I was reporting on the outstanding job Illinois shooters were doing at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, I missed one.  ISRA Member Farrell Porter won the Springfield 1903 Match with a superb score of 292-10X.  Sergeant York would be proud.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When you look at the front page of any newspaper, listen or watch any news broadcast, nowhere is there a headline about the Second Amendment being on the 2018 Midterm Elections ballot, but it is.  There are candidates on the ballot who disdain and despise the Second Amendment and are out to destroy it.  This is true throughout the Country and, of course, here in Illinois.  At the top of the list in Illinois is the governor’s race.  Governor Bruce Rauner has been a backstop in Springfield to some of the most outrageous proposals aimed at taking away our Second Amendment Rights and Freedoms.  People who care about the Second Amendment must support Bruce Rauner for governor.  For the last four years, it has been a pleasure to work with Governor Rauner.  His door has always been open and he truly cares about the concerns of law-abiding gun owners.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is now on the United States Supreme Court.  It is not over and what the Brett Kavanaugh episode has revealed is the length the left will go to destroy anyone or anything they don’t like.  It has been leaked that the anti-Kavanaugh forces were financed by dark money.  Dark money comes from a lot of places; most typically, it came from anti-American billionaires who live here or elsewhere in the world and foreign governments.  The Clinton Foundation scandal is an example of dark money and how it is used.  The Wall Street Journal revealed that George Soros has twenty front groups supplying protesters in Washington, DC.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

by Richard Pearson

For years, Hillary Clinton has been screeching about a vast right-wing conspiracy.  I have never been able to find such a conspiracy.  For one thing, the right-wingers are too stubborn and uncompromising to engage in such a thing.  If this was a vast right-wing week-long convention, by the time they agreed on the agenda, the placement of the podium, the uniform style of footnoting, the font to be used on the power point and printed material, it would be Friday night and they would all be headed home.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I have just returned from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) and I am pleased to inform you that the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) has won the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCKRBA) Affiliate of the Year Award.  The ISRA has won this award for 10 of the last 11 years.  As I reflect on this honor of why the ISRA has won this prestigious award, I found the answer to be because of the dedication of our members, Staff and Board of Directors.  Let me give you a few examples of what those words actually mean.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 20, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 20, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The media seldom mentions the 2,000,000 or more times a citizen uses a firearm in self-defense.  Many times, these incidents are unreported and if they are reported, they go unmentioned or appear deep in a newspaper.  Sometimes there is just no avoiding reporting a good outcome when a legally armed citizen uses a firearm.  Such was the case last Thursday when Cicero, Illinois police officers engaged a suspect who was firing at them with an automatic weapon.  Officer Luis Duarte was hit several times during the shootout.  Suddenly, an armed citizen got out of his car and fired at the suspect, hitting him once, which ended the gunfight.  The Cicero, Illinois Superintendent of Police and Town President Larry Dominick praised the citizen for intervening.   The name of the armed citizen has not been released.  
Cicero is in Cook County.  Cook County has 89,779 Illinois Concealed Carry Licensees and 598,205 FOID card holders, as of last week.  

Author: Lori (Admin)
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Recent research by John Lott has brought to light interesting facts regarding concealed carry.  Nationally, in 2018, the number of concealed carry permits has grown to 17.25 million.  Last year, the number of permits had grown 890,000, the most in any year.  It is important to understand that 14 states do not require permits and are not counted in any of the above numbers.  It is certainly possible that there are 25 to 30 million people carrying firearms for self-defense.  Alabama has 22.1% of the adults carrying, followed by Indiana with 17.9% and South Dakota with 17.1%.  Four states have over 1,000,000 permits: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas.  

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