ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When I was reporting on the outstanding job Illinois shooters were doing at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, I missed one.  ISRA Member Farrell Porter won the Springfield 1903 Match with a superb score of 292-10X.  Sergeant York would be proud.

The arrival of cool Fall weather and the early harvest have combined to bring the deer out on the roads.  I have seen quite a few deer, which appear to be yearlings, laying alongside the road.  Farmers have reported seeing deer which are still displaying white spots.  Be very careful when driving.  I have spotted a couple of them at 3:30 pm.  

The elections are only a few days away and the Second Amendment is on the ballot everywhere, but in Illinois it is paramount.  The Governor’s race is the key.  The ISRA-PVF has endorsed Bruce Rauner for Governor.  Remember your vote is very important.   Be sure you vote like a smart gun owner; vote for Bruce Rauner.

In a recent court case, Ameren Illinois Co. v International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the “Parking Lot Law” regarding employees who have an Illinois Concealed Carry License (ICCL) and keep a firearm locked in their car.  An Ameren Illinois employee, who is an ICCL holder, was fired for doing just that.  Ameren claimed that it violated the company policy on work place violence even though the employee was complying with the Illinois law. 
In short, the Seventh Circuit ruled the employee was within his rights.  Hooray!  

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) is proposing federal legislation that would prohibit the federal government from granting contracts to banks that discriminate against lawful businesses.  Recently, the Attorney General of New York has been contacting banks, including some in Illinois, trying to get them to stop doing business with people or companies in the firearms or firearms related industry.  This is Senator Kennedy’s answer to that problem.  Senator Kennedy is 110% pro-gun.

A group of Riverside County California residents have filed suit against the sheriff for not issuing concealed carry permits to people who are here legally but not yet American citizens.  This is a violation of the 14th Amendment.  This case also points out the problem of local politicians and bureaucrats being put in positions of power when they think they can ignore the law or make up extraneous rules as they see fit.

 Only 12 days until the Midterm Elections!

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Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar
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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Handgun Drills
The Well Armed Woman

Sunday, October 28, 2018
ISRA Rifle Instructor Class
ISRA Bullseye Match
Fall Glock League

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Air Rifle League & Practice

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Bench Rest League

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Range Work Day

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Combat Pistol/3 Gun League
Black Powder League

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

Sauk Trail Gun Show
Princeton, IL – Bureau County Fairgrounds
Dates: October 27 & 28, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 8:30am-4:30pm
            Sunday: 8:30am-3:00pm
Admission: $2.00

Crown Point Gun Show
Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds
Dates: October 27 & 28, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
            Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $5.00

Aledo Gun Show
Aledo, IL – Aledo VFW Hall
Dates: November 3 & 4, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm
            Sunday: 8:30am-2:00pm
Admission: $3.00

Bloomington Gun Show
Bloomington, IL – Interstate Center
Dates: November 3 & 4, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
            Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $6.00

Peoria Gun Show
Peoria, IL – Exposition Gardens
Dates: November 10 & 11, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm
            Sunday: 8:00am-2:00pm
Admission: $6.00

Marion Gun & Knife Show
Marion, IL – The Pavilion
Dates: November 10 & 11, 2018
Hours: Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
            Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $6.00

Pine Tree Pistol Club Gun Show
Loves Park, IL – Forest Hills Lodge
Date: November 11, 2018
Hours: Sunday: 8:00am-3:00pm
Admission: $5.00/Children under 18 are Free

Kane County Sportsman’s Show
St Charles, IL – Kane County Fairgrounds
Date: November 11, 2018
Hours: Sunday: 7:30am-1:30pm
Admission: $5.00


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