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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 30, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 30, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The saga of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s treachery in prosecuting Mark and Patricia McCloskey has taken another turn.  Apparently, the pistol Patricia McCloskey was holding was used in a previous court case and had been rendered inoperable so it could be brought into court.  It, therefore, was not a weapon.  Kim Gardner and her enterprising staff had the crime lab fix the gun so it was capable of being fired.  This was done to bring charges against the McCloskeys.  I’m going to guess this wasn’t the first time this was done in the Circuit Attorney’s office.  It sounds like the McCloskeys need to hire a snake charmer as well as an attorney.  Meanwhile, I have heard George Soros, who financed Gardner’s campaign, has left the United States.  No one seems to know where he went.  While that seems like good news, it really isn’t. This guy has long tentacles. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 23, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 23, 2020

by Richard Pearson

On Monday, July 20, 2020, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed suit against the Illinois State Police regarding the delay in issuing new FOID cards.  The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, Case 1:20-cv-04270.  The ISRA is once again leading the way to protect the Second Amendment Rights in Illinois.  We will keep you posted as the case progresses.  We are waiting for a court date.  If you look into your crystal ball, you see more is coming.  If you are not already an ISRA member, you should be.  That is the best way you can help in this fight right now. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 16, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 16, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Mark and Patricia McCloskey live in a gated community in St. Louis, Missouri.  They were suddenly thrust into the national limelight when a group of protesters broke through the gates of their neighborhood.  The startled McCloskeys saw a hundred or so protesters coming toward their house.  They grabbed their firearms and stood on their front porch to keep the protesters back.  Their lives were threatened, their dog’s life was threatened and they were told their home would be burned down.  The police were nowhere to be seen.  Apparently, St Louis police were told to stand down.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 9, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 9, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) produced 3,951,607 for June 2020.  Illinois lead the way with 706,000 NICS checks.  In Illinois, every FOID card and Illinois Concealed Carry License holder must go through a check when applying for a new card or renewing an existing card.  This does not count the daily background checks Illinois gun owners must go through.  New FOID card applications hit the 40,000 mark in June, by the way.  Thus far, Illinois has accounted for 3,878,025 background checks in the first 6 months of 2020.  The total new firearm purchases for the United States in June are estimated to be 2,387,524 units with 1,511,714 being handguns, according to the Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting.  Right now, 2020 is on pace to be a record year for firearm purchases.

 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 2, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 2, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Chicago Tribune reports that between June 1, 2020, and June 17, 2020, the Illinois State Police received 42,089 applications for FOID cards, with nearly 5000 of those applications occurring in one day.  This upswing in FOID card applications has been going on since last December.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 25, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 25, 2020

by Richard Pearson

It is with great regret that I must inform you the Grand American Trapshooting has been moved to Missouri for this year.  The Grand American is one of the greatest events in the world.  The fact that it was forced out of the State of Illinois is a travesty.  It is time this ridiculous shutdown is over.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 18, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 18, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Gun sales are breaking records month after month.  The number of new firearm owners grows by the thousands not only in Illinois, but everywhere.  These new gun owners understand that what we are seeing in the streets may soon come to their front door.  Everyone needs to get their head out of the sand and get ready.  The new gun owners need training and so do a lot of the old gun owners, by the way.  Every instructor, NRA, USCCA, and Concealed Carry, needs to be offering and advertising classes right now.  These people need your help and you need to be stepping up to the plate.  The ISRA is developing a list of instructors throughout the state.  If you are an instructor and want to be on that list, please get you credentials together.  We will be calling for them around July 1, 2020. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 11, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 11, 2020

by Richard Pearson

 The Minneapolis City Council is leading the way on defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.  There are a few other cities following behind.  These police departments will be replaced by some form of community public safety committee which will reflect the values of the community.  What does that mean?  That means the mob will run the show and, so far, they have only shown the willingness to destroy, not build.  They shout and complain but with no experience or even desire to maintain order.  This idea and these people are trouble and they want to be trouble; if they succeed we are headed for a dark future.  What will happen if the police are defunded is that a vacuum will be created.  The mob says the police roll will be filled by the so called Public Safety Committees and Social Workers.  What that means is that if you or someone in your family is robbed, beaten, raped, or murdered, the social worker will commiserate with you or tell you how sorry everyone is and the perpetrators will get a good talking to if they are ever caught.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 4, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 4, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Last Saturday morning I began hearing about violent protests that would occur later in the day.  There had been peaceful protests earlier on Saturday afternoon but they turned ugly Saturday night.  That pattern has now become familiar in only a few days when peaceful protests would be followed by violence, looting and marauding arsonists.  Police were standing by simply watching lawlessness, looting and arson.  All this had been confined to cities but rumors indicated that small towns would be next.  The police everywhere were overwhelmed. This means that you are on your own to protect your property as well as yourself and family.  This is exactly what I described a couple of weeks ago.  I admit I thought I was ready, but quickly realized I was kidding myself.  I was ready for one or two intruders in my house, not dozens.  By Sunday afternoon and evening I quickly adjusted my plans and added two more escape routes in case of fire and made sure my fire extinguishers were ready.  I loaded all my magazines and every firearm had a backup firearm.  Sunday night passed without incident.  On Monday I spent part of the day making sure my friends were also prepared.  Monday night also passed without incident but while waiting, I realized how unprepared most people are.  I am now going to invite them to a short training course using whatever firearm they have.  Will it be enough?  No, but it will still be better than no training and it might encourage them to get more training.  You should get more training also.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 28, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 28, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The arrival of June brings with it the summer shooting season although it is somewhat curtailed this year.  We will get through this exercise of Executive Power but it will take determination.  June also means the first hunting season is only two months away and upland game and certain waterfowl season is only three months away.  It is time to start making your plans. 

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