ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 23, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Soon, the first of the 10-year FOID cards will start renewing and this is likely to swamp the Illinois State Police (ISP).  With that in mind, on August 17th, Governor Rauner signed HB 4855 into law.  HB 4855 allows gun owners a 60-day grace period to keep their FOID card active while their renewal application is being processed, even if the processing period extends beyond the FOID card’s expiration date.  Your renewal should not be submitted more than 60 days before your expiration date.  This new law also clarifies the definition of a patient so hospitals have a better idea of how to report the status of a patient to the ISP.  For years, the ISRA has had to deal with cases in which people who were admitted to a hospital were put into an empty mental ward because the ward they should have been admitted to was filled.  These were usually people who should have been placed in either a medical ward or maternity ward.  Because they were in a mental facility, they lost their FOID card.  It takes years to straighten these cases out.  Meanwhile, the person is denied their rights.  Hospitals were not helpful.  I will leave it go at that.

I advise everyone who desires a FOID card to apply immediately.  Please be very careful, particularly if you are unfamiliar with a computer; if you answer anything wrong, it is a first-class mess.  If you are an ISRA member, our office will assist you.  Please call Mary at 815.635.3198 to schedule an appointment.  

Anti-gunner State Representative Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) doesn’t like Illinois County Boards that are passing Gun Sanctuary County Resolutions.  Willis has filed a resolution (HR 1197) condemning “scofflaw counties” that do not agree with her or her Chicago anti-gun political agenda.  Willis, on the other hand, supports resolutions from the Illinois General Assembly to Congress to influence Federal Legislation and policies that many do not agree with.  Maybe someone in Congress will pass a resolution condemning “scofflaw state legislatures”.  By the way, 39 counties have passed Gun Sanctuary County Resolutions.

Illinois, like many other states, has a High School Clay Target League.  In 2018, Illinois had 26 schools in the league.  I expect this number to grow beyond 30 next year.  The results for the Illinois All-State Trap Team are in.  It was nice to see that 45 students from many schools made the All-State Trap Team.  These young shooters were from all over the state.  

The 2018 Grand American, which was held at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta, reported 7% higher attendance this year totaling 4833 shooters.  To give you an idea how big this event is: the firing line is 3.5 miles long and utilizes 121 Trap fields.  This year, the event used 12 semi loads of clay targets.  The Shotgun sports are growing because of these young people.  The National Handicap Champion was Kelan Kinion, a 15-year-old from Missouri.  Kelan broke his first 100 straight and he could not have picked a better time.  Ian Lawrence, from Herrin, Illinois, was named the Captain of the All-American Sub Junior (15 years old and under).  The future of the Shotgun sports looks very bright. 

Thanks for being a member.

Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar
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Saturday, August 25 & 26, 2018
MTG Presents Advanced Tactical Pistol

Saturday, August 25, 2018
The Well Armed Woman
ISRA Marksmanship League

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Summer Glock League

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League
Firearms Training Next Steps Level 1

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Bench Rest League
Wednesday Night F-Class League

Thursday, August 30, 2018
ISRA Smallbore Rifle League
ISRA Smallbore F-Class League

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Range Work Day
Active Shooter II Self-Defense with Pistol (morning class)
Active Shooter II Self-Defense with Pistol (afternoon class)

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

New Berlin Gun Show
New Berlin, IL – Sangamon County Fairgrounds
Dates: August 18 & 19, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm
            Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $4.00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show
Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center
Dates: August 25 & 26, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
            Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $6.00

Lake County Gun & Sportsman Show
Antioch, IL – Antioch VFW
Date: August 26, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 8:00am-2:00pm
Admission: $7.00


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