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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches are being held in two locations this year, Camp Perry, Ohio, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  Our senior Smallbore Team, the ISRA Sunshine Boys, was first among State Associations at Atterbury, Indiana.  This year, all teams were lumped together; the civilian amateur teams were in with the professional pistol teams.  The ISRA had six teams which finished in the middle of the pack.  All in all, good considering how the teams were all together. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Sunday August 1, 2021, will be the beginning of squirrel season in Illinois.  This will kick off the Fall hunting seasons.  There are those who turn their nose up at eating squirrel but they have never had these little bushy-tails well prepared.  They are delicious.  Once when I was hunting with my wife’s uncle who was an avid squirrel hunter, I brought three bushy tails home.  That night we were having friends over for dinner.  I carefully prepared the squirrels, boned them, diced up the meat and put it on top of a pizza.  While we were eating dinner, our friends commented on how good the pizza was.  When I told them that I put squirrel meat on as a topping, they stopped eating the pizza.  It’s the thought that counts.  For those hunters who have not gotten their FOID card renewed, you need not worry about being stopped by the Conservation Police, it does not matter.  Make sure you have your Illinois Hunting License because that does matter.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 8, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 8, 2021

by Richard Pearson

As predicted, the 4th of July violence broke out in Chicago despite extra police presence in certain parts of the city.  The rough totals for the weekend were 108 shot and 17 dead.  Actually, that was much less than I expected.  In the South Austin area, a gunman opened fire on three people, killing one of them and wounding two.  A witness to the shooting was an Illinois Concealed Carry License (ICCL) holder who shot the gunman, preventing the death of the two wounded people.  As I often mention, when an attack occurs, the only people there are the attacker and the intended victims.  This attack was probably over in under 10 seconds despite having 5 people involved.  That is how fast these things happen.  We have over 410,000 ICCLS in Illinois but that isn’t enough.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 1, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 1, 2021

by Richard Pearson

According to reports, NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) denied about 300,000 firearm purchases in 2020.  The complete analysis of all of this won’t be done for a while.  The anti-gun groups and their cohorts in the press would have you believe the people denied were all killers but that is not true.  If we look back into the past, we can find a few patterns that will most likely apply to the latest data.  About 99% of the denials were false positives which accounts for so few prosecutions.  False “Red Flag” confiscations, unjustified protection orders, attempts by illegal aliens and defective applications make up most of the denials.  It is true there were some attempts by criminals.  It takes three or four years to see how all of this comes together.  In 2017, there were only 12 prosecutions because of NICS denials.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin- June 24, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin- June 24, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Both numbers of FOID card holders and ICCL holders is up and I am expecting those numbers to rise even further.  I keep getting calls from reporters asking why these numbers keep increasing.  If you look around and see what is happening in the United States the answer is obvious.  Moreover, we are just at the beginning of the long hot Illinois summer in addition to a long Fourth of July weekend.  I predict things could get pretty rough in some cities with Chicago being number one on that wild list.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

by Richard Pearson

In our FOID application case, Bradley V. Kelly, we have been denied our Preliminary Injunction.  We have a couple of actions we can take and we are weighing our options at this time.  In our second FOID appeal case, Thomas v. Kelly, the judge denied a motion to dismiss brought by the State.  We will be moving forward on this case.  Other cases are waiting at this moment.  I will let you know as soon as something happens.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Every once in a while, there is a bright spot in our day.  One of those bright spots popped last week in the form of a court ruling.  U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, California, struck down California’s so-called assault weapons ban declaring it unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was brought by Jim Miller et al.  The et al includes other California residents, Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, California Gun Rights Foundation and several other groups.  Judge Benitez stated in his decision, “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR15 is the perfect combination of a home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment, good for home defense and battle.”  Of course, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonita are squalling like a couple of long tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs.  What else could we expect from these two darlings of the left wing?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Spring 2021 Legislative Session is over for the Illinois General Assembly.  The good news is nothing bad passed.  The bad news is nothing good passed.  The reality is that like it or not, the State of Illinois has the FOID card and we have to deal with it.  Before we get into the discussion about the bills in the Spring Session, one has to realize that the ISRA has both long and short-term goals.  One of the long-term goals is to get rid of the FOID.  One of the short-term goals is to get the FOID cards and ICCLs in the hands of law-abiding Illinois citizens as fast and easy as possible.  We recognize that a right delayed is a right denied.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 27, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 27, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Oral arguments were heard in the Bradley et al v. Kelly FOID card case on Thursday, May 20, 2021.  The judge will give her opinion, by letter, sometime in the future.  That could mean days or weeks.  Whatever the opinion, I imagine this case will be appealed.  Other ISRA cases have had no new developments.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 20, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 20, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly ends at midnight on May 31, 2021.  That is slightly less than 11 days by the time you read this.  The pace keeps picking up the closer we get to the end of session.  From now on, committees will be on one hour posting notices.  Your ISRA lobbying team is here. 

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