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.  

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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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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 6, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 6, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The downhill slide to the Midterm Elections has begun and right on queue the Gifford’s have announced plans for ever-tightening firearm regulations.  The basic theme of all of this is that there are never enough gun control restrictions to satisfy them.  Their goal is the strangulation of the Second Amendment.  This includes the usual stuff like running gun dealers out of business by piling on costs and regulations, running the cost of firearm ownership as high as they can, taxation on firearms and ammunition and the outright banning of firearms.  The new twist seems to be to put a bureaucrat in charge of seeing if you and I are worthy enough to own a firearm.  Remember an attack on one class of firearms is an attack on all classes of firearms.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 30, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 30, 2018

by Richard Pearson

We recognize Labor Day weekend as the unofficial end of Summer.  Hunting season starts and for you ladies wearing white, it will be out of fashion according to Emily Post or some other self-appointed fashion pundits. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 23, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 23, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Soon, the first of the 10-year FOID cards will start renewing and this is likely to swamp the Illinois State Police (ISP).  With that in mind, on August 17th, Governor Rauner signed HB 4855 into law.  HB 4855 allows gun owners a 60-day grace period to keep their FOID card active while their renewal application is being processed, even if the processing period extends beyond the FOID card’s expiration date.  Your renewal should not be submitted more than 60 days before your expiration date.  This new law also clarifies the definition of a patient so hospitals have a better idea of how to report the status of a patient to the ISP.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 16, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 16, 2018

by Richard Pearson

In 82 days, it will be Election Day in Illinois and the rest of the country.  Unless gun owners turn out and vote it will be a grim day.  J. B. Pritzker is the most anti-gubernatorial candidate we have ever had in Illinois.  Last Sunday, in an Op-Ed in The Chicago Sun Times, Mr. Pritzker outlined in a paragraph what he wants to do with gun owners.  Here is the paragraph:

 "Without a doubt, we need common-sense and long-overdue gun safety legislation.  Criminals and those who want to do harm shouldn’t have access to guns, and no one should have access to weapons of war or be able to obtain guns illegally.  We need to ban assault weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines, and we need to stop the importation of illegal guns across Illinois’ borders.  It’s also time to enforce universal background checks and enact a gun dealer licensing bill."

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 9, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 9, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Recently I have been getting calls from the media regarding so-called 3-D guns.  There are those that think a person can take a set of plans off the internet, download them to a 3-D printer or CNC machine, turn everything on and out will come a gun.  Even more interesting, I got one call from a media person who thought you could make ammunition the same way.  The answer is: uhhh… No.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 2, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 2, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I usually write about firearms and the politics that surround firearm ownership but today I want to sound a warning to all the fishermen out there.  Anti-fishing groups are on the rise and mounting new attacks on your sport.  Fishermen have mostly been asleep at the tiller but it is time to wake up.  We are seeing more and more activity from Animal Rights groups.  Animal rights groups, anti-gun groups and environmental wacko groups all offer safe harbors for leftists.  They also offer a way for leftists to make a living; they are well-financed and will stop at nothing.  Just letting you know. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 26, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 26, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches continue at three locations this year - Camp Perry, Ohio; Camp Atterbury, Indiana and Bristol, Indiana.  The ISRA shooting teams are at all of those locations.  Camp Perry hosted the National Conventional (Bullseye) Pistol Matches.  I am proud to say the ISRA had more pistol teams than any other state.  The ISRA Expert teams finished in the middle of the pack.  There are a lot of Expert teams.  The ISRA Marksman teams finished second and fourth.  Ron Wolflick finished First Police Expert and Jeff Battaglia was Second Sharpshooter.  Well done folks. 

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