ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 7, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 7, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The arrival of November, cooler weather and the deer rut are coming together at the right time to make a really good deer season.  The Illinois deer harvest is up considerably from 2018, at least so far.  The deer archery season is 10,167; last year, the harvest was 7349.  The youth deer shotgun season is equally good with the harvest at 3775, while last year was 1659.  I’m not sure what this bodes for the regular season but I am guessing it will be a good one.  Now is the time to recheck all your hunting gear to make sure you have everything you need. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 31, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 31, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois State Police conducted the requested public hearing on the Proposed Administrative Rules for the Gun Dealer Licensing Act on October 24.  The public hearing lasted a little more than 90 minutes and everyone was given ample opportunity to testify and provide additional written comments.  Thirteen different people offered comments on the Proposed Rules, with 5 of them having the opportunity to offer additional comments.  Gun dealers from every corner of the state testified, from those in urban and rural areas, those who are mom and pop operations, as well as large scale operations.  Only one person spoke in favor of the Proposed Rules, someone from the Gun Violence Prevention Center.  That person suggested that the one inspection a year should be amended to state that law enforcement follow-up on traces shouldn’t count towards the one per year inspection.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 24, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 24, 2019

by Richard Pearson

I am often asked what it is like in Springfield.  Let me say that any legislative body tends to be messy.  The bigger the legislative body or the bigger the jurisdiction it represents, the messier it is.  Illinois is one of the bigger legislative bodies and jurisdictions as far as population.  It is more than just issues; it is all the people, organizations and bureaucratic government entities that will be affected, or at least think they will be affected.  Most of the time we pretty well know who these are but it is not uncommon for one of these people or groups to come forward that we may not have recognized or anticipated.  Many times, people have misinterpreted what they read or understood.  Sometimes people see things we did not see.  What I have learned is that the simple answer may not be so simple.  Whatever the case, it all has to be dealt with.  The ISRA Lobbyists will be there and ready.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 17, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 17, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The first Veto Session is scheduled for October 28th, 29th and 30th.  Monday, October 28th, is the day to gather all legislators.  The realization will start on Tuesday, October 29th.  The mini IGOLD will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019.  We will begin in the Howlett Building Auditorium at 9:00am, give a legislative update and overview of our goals, and a briefing on lobbying the Legislators before heading to the Capitol to lobby.  The Howlett Building is on the south end of the Capitol Complex.  You will need to enter through the east entrance of the Howlett Building or the east entrance of the Capitol Building.  The east entrance of the Capitol Building may be easier because they have more scanners.  These are secured entrances so be prepared to go through a security check.  It would be a good idea to bring a Ziploc bag to put your keys, wallet, pens, and change in when you pass through security.  This will make it easier on both you and the security guards in order to keep things moving.  Please leave your pocket knife in your vehicle.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 10, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 10, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Most of us meander through life changing gradually as we meet people and entertain new ideas.  Every once in a while, we meet a person or an idea in life that causes us to take a sharp 90 degree turn in our life.  We may not even realize it right away until we view it through a perspective of our own history sometime later.  This can be a teacher, someone we work with, an acquaintance or just anyone. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 3, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 3, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Somehow 2019 seems to be flying by.  Archery deer season has already started.  Most places still have plenty of crops in the field and things may be tough for bow hunters but that may help the gun hunters.  Harvesting has begun but the places are spotty.  Much of the corn crop was planted late so it is common to see a brown field next to a green field.  Add to that, the problem of very wet conditions so everything will be localized.  Deer will be moving, particularly at night, when the moon is up.  There is a full moon on the 13th so a week either side of that date will be dangerous.  Be careful when you drive.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 26, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 26, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Last week I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Phoenix, Arizona.  This year’s GRPC was the largest ever held with nearly 1100 people registered.  I can tell you the room was jam packed. The high attendance at this year’s conference was undoubtedly driven by concerns about the rising anti-gun movement in the United States, the Democratic candidates openly supporting firearm confiscation, and the high percentage of the gun owners in the Southwestern United States.  There were people there from other countries as well.  In all, there were 91 speakers.  This is the greatest single gun rights conference in the world.  Next year’s conference will be in Orlando, Florida, on September 18th, 19th, and 20th.  You should plan on attending.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 19, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 19, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The dew drenched mornings and summer winds will soon give way to Fall.  The leaves seem to be falling prematurely and patches of yellow are spreading through the soy bean fields.  On Monday, Fall will arrive and the first frost will soon be here.  Now is the time to stock up on shotgun shells for hunting season.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 12, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 12, 2019

by Richard Pearson

We have several court cases slowly moving through the courts.  The Gun Dealer Licensing Certification case has been delayed because the original judge recused herself and a new judge has been appointed.  We are waiting for our new hearing date, which may just be a preliminary hearing.  In the Deerfield case, the judge combined our case with the GSL case which gave Deerfield another chance to appeal.  Had the case not been combined, Deerfield would have been done.  The Vivian Brown FOID card case was heard by the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday.  I do not know when we will hear anything.  The White case will have a preliminary hearing on September 17, 2019.  We will let you know when oral arguments are scheduled.  The White case deals with the failure of the State of Illinois to issue an Illinois Concealed Carry License to a person who has a FOID Card and no criminal record.  The Wilson, et al., v. Cook County, et al., case will be appealed with the United States Supreme Court.  We have a lot of cases going on at this time.  The ISRA is fighting for you.  If you are not a member, JOIN now!

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 5, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 5, 2019

by Richard Pearson

By now, all of you know the ISRA will be appealing the Matthew Wilson, et al., v. Cook County. et al., case to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  This is not the only case the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is involved in. 

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