ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 29, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 29, 2019

by Richard Pearson

September 1st is both the unofficial end of Summer and unofficial beginning of Fall.  The trees are exhibiting variations in their shades of green as a prelude to their coming spectacular colors.  Pumpkins that were bright yellow a week or two ago, are now turning a brilliant orange and the occasional cool mornings are becoming more frequent.  The monarch butterflies have already migrated south with ducks and geese to follow.  Roadside stands will soon be filled with gourds, Indian corn, bittersweet, garden grown spices, the last of the summer vegetables and other treasures.  It is my favorite time of year.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 22, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 22, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The recent gun battle that ensued during a drug raid in Philadelphia had Democrat presidential candidates chattering like the inhabitants of an ape house at the zoo.  In fact, their rant started before the facts were out.  When the facts did appear, the chirping suddenly stopped.  The anti-gun side has narratives that are aimed at tarnishing the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners.  This one blew up in their face.  It turned out this bad actor is the star example of what we have been saying all along.  This guy should have never been out on the streets.  This country is plagued by politically motivated judges and persecutors.  This guy is an example of what happens.  The police arrested him but the prosecutors either plea bargain charges or in some cases, don’t even bother to charge some people.  The shooter in Philadelphia wasn’t even charged and was allowed to walk on a felony the last time he was arrested; he had been convicted six times and was allowed to walk.  Chicago is famous for this type of soft on crime attitude.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 15, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 15, 2019

by Richard Pearson

I have often mentioned that if you want to be an excellent marksman or just work on improving your marksmanship skills, the ISRA is THE place to do it.  Here are the results from the High Power Rifle National Championships: 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 8, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 8, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have caused screams for more gun control.  I would like to point out that as the stories of these shooters unfold it is obvious that there were plenty of warning signs but people just want to stick their head in the sand and hope it all goes away.  Hope, as I often point out, is a poor strategy.  There were plenty of people who knew about these miscreants and did nothing, but I have digressed. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 1, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 1, 2019

This morning I tore another page off the calendar and August 1st abruptly appeared.  Indeed, 2019 is rapidly slipping away.  Squirrel season is here and in a month dove season will kick off the wing shooting season.  Before long, Fall will be upon us and deer and water fowl season will be in full swing. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 25, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 25, 2019

by Richard Pearson

I know many of you are wondering about the status of the lawsuit against the Gun Dealer Licensing Certification Act.  All I can tell you is that the lawsuit has been filed and the defendants (State of Illinois) have been served.  As of this time, the defendants have not answered the complaint.  The coverage in the media has been pretty good.  One of the responses from the other side is we needed the Gun Dealer Licensing Certification Act (GDLCA) to stop straw purchases.  I would like to remind everyone that straw purchases are already illegal.  In fact, in 2008, during the 95th General Assembly, an enhanced penalty was passed to further deter straw purchases.  That bill, HB5524, passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives.  It is interesting that the only people who did not vote for it were 18 Chicago Democrats.  The bill did much better in the Illinois Senate.  One of the sponsors of that bill was Kwame Raoul, the present Attorney General.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 18, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 18, 2019

by Richard Pearson

As you know by now, the Illinois State Rifle Association has filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the enforcement of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.  The request was filed Tuesday in the Circuit Court for The Seventh Judicial District, Sangamon County.  If we receive the TRO we will file for a Permanent injunction against the GDL Act.  We will keep you posted on what happens.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 11, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 11, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Our friends, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), have won a major court case despite well-financed opposition from Everytown and Never Again California, two of the Bloomberg front groups.  The Del Mar Fairgrounds adopted an anti-gun policy that blocked gun shows at their facility.  The CRPA, Second Amendment Foundation, the South Bay Rod and Gun Club and several individual plaintiffs sought an injunction to prevent the Del Mar Fairgrounds from enforcing their anti-gun position.  Last week, Judge Cathy Bencivengo issued a preliminary injunction against the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The Del Mar Fairgrounds serves San Diego County California.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 4, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 4, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The weather in Philadelphia in July 1776 was one of those hot muggy affairs where both the temperature and humidity hovered in the 90s.  Thomas Jefferson was working on the Declaration of Independence in rooms rented from Jacob Graff on the second floor of his home.  His quarters consisted of a parlor and bed chamber.  Jefferson described himself as writing habitually in the parlor for two weeks.  Despite the conditions, he finished the Declaration of Independence.  The Lee Resolution, also known as the Resolution for Independence, was passed on the 2nd of July.  That was the date Jefferson thought would be celebrated.  The final wording for the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th which turned out to be the date celebrated, much to the surprise of Jefferson.  The Declaration was not actually signed until August 2nd 1776.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 27, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 27, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Summer is here and hopefully the rain will be slowing down and we can all get out and enjoy our favorite shooting activities.  Summer leagues are flourishing so be sure to take advantage of them.  The National Matches start in a little over a week at Camp Perry, Ohio.  This will be the last year for them at Camp Perry.  Next year they will be held at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.  If you have never been to Camp Perry, this is your last chance.   

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