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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 27, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 27, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Bills are being filed so fast in Springfield it seems like a paper blizzard.  As I write this, we are watching 254 bills and more could be filed at any time.  Most of those bills are in rules; some are, or soon will be, assigned to committees.  I know many of you are ready to file witness slips but just because a bill has been assigned to a committee does not mean it will be heard.  This time of year, there are hundreds of bills out there.  We will tell you when a bill is going to be heard and that will be the time to fill out witness slips.  If a bill is not heard, the witness slip will not count.  This was not true until the advent of electronic witness slips.  When witness slips were filed on paper they were kept, but the days of paper witness slips are history.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 20, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 20, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois State Rifle Association is fully engaged in defending the Second Amendment Rights of Illinois citizens.  In many cases our efforts have helped firearm owners beyond our borders.  One of the ways we fight for your rights is working to turn back both Illinois government and local government overreach and oppression.  As you will see in the updated list of lawsuits, we have worked through the courts and are now asking the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to hear our cases.  There is no guarantee that they will.  Some Justices on the Court don’t want to hear Second Amendment cases for fear they will strengthen the Second Amendment.  I understand Ginsberg is leading the charge against Second Amendment cases.  Below is a list of the cases the ISRA is involved in and their status at this time:

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 13, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 13, 2020

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.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 6, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 6, 2020

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.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 30, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 30, 2020

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.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 23, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 23, 2020

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:

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 16, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 16, 2020

by Richard Pearson

I have been warning everyone about Michael Bloomberg and how dangerous he is to the Second Amendment and our gun rights.  Bloomberg has just announced he is going to pour a billion dollars into his presidential campaign.  I don’t think Bloomberg expects to be elected, I think he wants to reshape the United States which would include banning firearms to individuals like you and me.  He will pour hundreds of millions into anti-gun commercials.  The Executive Directors of the Texas State Rifle Association told me that in November and December, Bloomberg established 16 new offices in Texas.  This is not just rented space.  These offices are fully equipped and staffed and aimed at destroying the Second Amendment.  If that is happening there, it is happening everywhere.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 9, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 9, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois General Assembly officially started the Spring Session yesterday, January 8th.  We will not see much activity until the last week of January.  That does not mean there will not be a lot going on behind the scenes.  We can expect the introduction of many bills but nothing will actually happen until early February.  Over the last 20 years, there have been many changes in the lobbying world.  The ISRA Lobby Team has been preparing for this Spring Legislative Session.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 2, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 2, 2020

by Richard Pearson

For years, we have been reminding everyone that when things go bad you have between three to five seconds to respond.  The shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ proves the point.  The shooter was dead in six seconds.  Still, he was able to kill two people.  Nevertheless, many people were saved by the quick response of the volunteer security guards.  In such situations you have to be accurate and decisive.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 26, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 26, 2019

by Richard Pearson

On this day in 1944, citizens all across the United States were holding their collective breath.  The war in Europe was not over but it seemed to be winding down.  The allies were at ease, sort of.  It was winter and Germany had not launched a winter military campaign since Frederick the Great in the mid-1700s.  On December 16th, that all changed.  Hitler had quietly gathered his forces and sent them plunging though the Ardennes Forest to carry the fight to the allies.  It worked and what was to become known as the Battle of the Bulge was on.  The weather was cloudy and miserable and that made it impossible for allied air power to protect ground troops.  Many American ground troops still had summer uniforms and were suffering.  European winters are mild by Midwest standards but the winter of 1944-1945 was the worst in years.  Americans knew our troops were in trouble.  The town of Bastogne, Belgium was held by the 101st Airborne but they were surrounded, outgunned and running low on everything but courage.  Bastogne was important because it was a crossroads for the major roads in the area.

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