September 28, 2021
Chatsworth, IL – Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director has been tapped to serve on the Board of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed an important amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a challenge of New York State’s restrictive concealed carry permitting scheme by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.
Only a small number of pistols appear to be affected, but Ruger is asking owners of Ruger-57 pistols to perform a routine function check of the safety lever.
Thanks to all who purchased raffle tickets for Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) 2021. The drawing was held May 4, 2021, at ISRA Headquarters. The winning ticket numbers are below:
Chatsworth, IL – White County Resident Judge T. Scott Webb has ruled Illinois’s FOID card law unconstitutional, paving the way for the Illinois Supreme Court to take up the issue, according to Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
The case is The People of Illinois vs. Vivian Claudine Brown. In March of 2017, Brown was accused of possessing a firearm without a FOID card. In dismissing the charges against Brown, Judge Webb also ruled the FOID card unconstitutional.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) State Director, Colleen Callahan has officially notified the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) that the US Open Trapshooting Tournament (June 2-6) and The Grand American and AIM Youth Championships (July 30-August 14) will be allowed to take place at IDNR's World Shooting and Recreational Complex (Sparta, IL) this year.
The Illinois State Rifle Association has been asked to partner with the Firearms Policy Coalition of California and the Second Amendment Foundation of Washington (who we have successfully partnered with in McDonald v. Chicago and Ezell v. City of Chicago, among others) in pursuing the potential challenges:
Because of the restrictions on crowd size, the inability to obtain parade permits and highly restricted entry into the Illinois State Capitol and other government buildings, the Illinois State Rifle Association is forced to postpone IGOLD until 2022. The date is set for Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
by Richard Pearson
Dave Lombardo interviews Richard Pearson and Bill Potts on how the Illinois General Assembly works.
02/15/2021 - 3:00-5:00
Due to inclement weather, the ISRA office is closing for the remainder of the day.
by Richard Pearson
The ISRA held its first Zoom Webinar meeting on Thursday January 21, 2021. Watch it here
by Richard Pearson
The comment period is now open on proposed rules for video surveillance for firearm stores open to the public. Below are the proposed rules that will go before the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR). The comment period is open until 02/22/2021. I would advise commenting immediately.
by Richard Pearson
This year has become the year of Zoom as the pandemic has forced everyone to opt for virtual meetings as opposed to in person meetings.
Judge delays hearing on Injunction ISRA is seeking to require the Illinois State Police to issue FOID card in the required 30-day limit
Citing the pandemic and the Holiday season, a federal judge has delayed the hearing for the ISRA Injunction filed last week against the Illinois State Police to compel them to issue FOID cards within the 30-day timetable as required by law.
Originally, the hearing was set for Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, but now the hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2021. The Injunction was filed in the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION.
It seems like when it comes to anything related to FOID cards, the operative word is “delay”. Whether the hearing is this week or next month, it is our hope that we will get a positive outcome to what has become a frustrating situation for FOID card holders across the state.
The FOID card delays are simply not acceptable. According to the Illinois State Police, there currently are 145,000 pending FOID card applications and the average wait time is 121 days for a FOID card. In addition, there are 27,000 Concealed Carry applications pending.
We will keep you up to date as new information on our case arises. Have a safe and Merry Christmas from all of us at the Illinois State Rifle Association.
Chatsworth, IL – The Illinois State Rifle Association on behalf of its members have filed an Injunction to compel the Illinois State Police to issue FOID cards within the 30-day timetable as required by law.
The Injunction was filed in the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION. A hearing is set for Dec. 22nd.
According to the Illinois State Police, there currently are 145,000 pending FOID card applications and the average wait time is 121 days for a FOID card. In addition, there are 27,000 Concealed Carry applications pending.
“The FOID card delays are not getting better – they are only getting worse,” said Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “We worked with the State Police to extend the 30-day requirement to 60 days and of course they are going well beyond 60 days in getting FOID cards out to applicants. Enough is enough. Now it is time to get the courts involved and that is what we are doing. These delays are inexcusable and if the State Police won’t fix it voluntarily then the courts will have to intervene and force them to fix the problems and expedite the FOID card process.”
Preliminary ATF documents published by the Prince Law Blog may show a move to classify firearms outfitted with pistol braces as items controlled under the National Firearms Act (NFA). If the move is formalized, it could potentially affect hundreds of thousands or even millions of gun owners in the United States, forcing them to make a choice: remove their pistol braces and destroy them, register their guns as NFA items or change the barrel length to anything over 16 inches. The revised look at the way pistol stabilizing braces are categorized is not necessarily a surprise. For years the ATF has scrutinized the configurations of certain braces, announced that a brace cannot be legal shouldered and most recently issued a cease and desist letter to Q, LLC regarding the brace on the honey badger pistol. READ more: https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2020/12/17/pistol-braces-nfa-registration/