ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I have just returned from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) and I am pleased to inform you that the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) has won the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCKRBA) Affiliate of the Year Award.  The ISRA has won this award for 10 of the last 11 years.  As I reflect on this honor of why the ISRA has won this prestigious award, I found the answer to be because of the dedication of our members, Staff and Board of Directors.  Let me give you a few examples of what those words actually mean.  

While I was receiving this award on behalf of all of you, there were two ISRA staff members working a table at the GRPC, the entire weekend.  There were four other volunteers working on a different project someplace else, and yet another volunteer driving to Springfield to prepare for a meeting of another set of volunteers on the next day.  There was an ISRA staff person doing weekend computer work in the office.  Some days we have instructors volunteer their time, as well as range officers and other volunteers, by the dozens, working to help promote the shooting sports.  On our previous NRA Day, held last June, we had as many as 300 volunteers; our Sighting-In-Day had 30 volunteers; AIM 3-Gun experience at Sparta 40; AR-15 basic classes 20; Women on Target Classes 24, and on and on it goes.  The ISRA members probably donate their valuable time from 4000 - 5000 times a year.  The ISRA also operates 16 shooting leagues a year, not to mention competitions that are all done with volunteers.  This activity goes on day after day, week after week.

The ISRA legal teams are also always there.  There are two divisions.  The Attorney Referral System (ARS) helps you find qualified attorneys in your area to handle local issues.  Many of these issues are FOID card and ICCL related issues.  These attorneys offer reduced rates for ISRA members; this is a member benefit.  The other division deals with Second Amendment issues.  These are cases like McDonald v Chicago, Ezell v Chicago, ISRA v Madigan, Wilson v Cook County, the Deerfield case and many others.  

The ISRA works with and is affiliated with many national groups such as the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Amateur Trapshooting Association, Civilian Marksmanship Program, USA Shooting, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and many smaller governing bodies in order to keep the Second Amendment and the shooting sports moving forward.

Then there is the lobbying team which simply never stops.  The Staff and Board of Directors are all involved and backs up all of the activities.  Lastly, I would to thank all the members who donate.  None of this would be possible without the donations to fund all of these many projects.  While I got to be the lucky one who accepted this latest award, and other awards, I know who it really belongs to – You!  No one is more deserving than you, by the way. 

Today is the first day of early voting.  If you would like to be an award-winning member, join us now!

Thanks for being a member.

Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar
For more information, visit

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30, 2018
2018 ISRA Illinois State Outdoor Pistol Championships

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Intro to Firearms for Beginners
The Well Armed Woman
ISRA Marksmanship League

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Fall Glock League
Rimfire Competition
NRA Basic Rifle Course

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Bench Rest League
F-Class League

Friday, October 5, 2018
I.C.E. Training – Private Event

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Range Work Day
2018 ISRA Sighting-In Day

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Combat Pistol/3 Gun League
Black Powder League

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

Pecatonica Gun Show
Pecatonica, IL – Winnebago County Fairgrounds
Dates: September 28 – 30, 2018
Hours: Friday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
           Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
           Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Collector Arms Dealers Association Gun Show
National Civil War Show & Sale
Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Fairgrounds
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Admission: $9.00

Kankakee Gun Show
Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Fairgrounds
Dates: September 29 & 30, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm
           Sunday: 8:00am-2:00pm
Admission: $6.00

River Park Gun Show
River Grove, IL - River Park Moose Lodge
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 8:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $6.00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show
Belleville, IL - Belle-Clair Expo Center
Dates: October 6 & 7, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
           Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $6.00


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