ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 13, 2019

by Richard Pearson

We have learned that the Kathleen Willis FOID Card Bill (SB1966) is scheduled to be voted on in one of the upcoming Veto Sessions. The first Veto Session is scheduled for October 28, 29, and 30.  The second Veto Session is scheduled for November 12, 13 and 14.  There is enough time before either session for things to change, but there is very little time to get ready should the vote come in one of these sessions.   I encourage all firearm owners to attend every possible townhall meeting you possibly can this summer, fall and winter.  The same is true for every gun club meeting, gun show and wherever gun owners gather.  The fact is the fight is on and the anti-gunners are out for blood. In a Town Hall meeting held on Tuesday Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) was even willing to use the word “confiscation”. See Video

Talk about SB1966 everywhere you can to everyone you can.  Various segments of gun owners used to sit back because they didn’t think these proposed laws pertained to them.  Some just thought they would be quiet and slip under the radar. I never understood how they were going to do that but that was their attitude.

It is clear, that no law-abiding gun owner, of any kind, is left out.  Bills like SB19666, The Ammo Tax Bill and the lead shot ban resolution should make it clear that no one is left out.

The antigun side is well organized and financed. Micheal Bloomberg and others are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the fight against the Second Amendment. The only way we’re going to win this fight is to stay organized and stay together.  There are nearly 2,300,000 FOID Card holders in Illinois and at last count there were only 25,858 Illinois State Rifle Association members, just barely over one percent.

This is not only an Illinois problem this is everywhere.  One of my Thursday Bulletins was sent to Tennessee to the friend of a member. That person showed it to a very Pro-gun Mayor and he had it printed in the local newspaper.  In Virginia, the Governor, Ralph Northam, is pushing for more gun control because of the shooting of a woman Killed in a Gun Free Zone.  It seems to me gun control is what killed her. She had no choice but to be defenseless.

On Tuesday, June 11, the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois determined it would hear the case of People  of the State of Illinois v Vivian Claudine Brown. This case is an appeal by the Illinois Attorney General of a case from White County Illinois, where a Circuit Judge ruled that the FOID Card requirement was unconstitutional.  Ms. Brown had a single shot .22 rifle for self-defense but did not have a FOID Card.  She was not otherwise a prohibited person. The ISRA is assisting MS Brown in her defense.

On a much happier note the ISRA Range has developed a Military Bench Rest League.  There are a lot of people who can no longer get into traditional rifle shooting positions but still like to shoot M-I’s, M-I carbine’s , 1903 Springfields and others Just for fun.  If you are one of these people the Military Bench Rest League may be for you.  

The match is simple.  We use an “Army A” target which is the old 5V target. The match consists of 35 total shots at 100 yards.  There are five sighting shots in five minutes to get your zero.  Then comes the slow fire portion of the match which is 10 shots in 10 Minutes.  Each shot is loaded one at a time.  The timed fire portion of the match is 10 shots in two minutes.  The clips or magazines must be loaded with two shots and eight shots of five and five depending on what you are shooting..  So, this requires a clip or magazine change. The last portion of the match is rapid fire.  Rapid fire has a 90 second time limit.  Once again, the clips or magazines are loaded two and eight of five and five depending on what you are shooting.   Remember this is all from the Bench Rest portion.  This is for fun and it truly is fun.   Bad eyes, bad back, bad knees or bad neck, no problems - you will fit right in.  The cost is $10 for the league fee and $5 per match. The last night, which is in September , we will shoot and go to Fran’s On 17 had have a wrap up meeting and dinner from the proceeds.  The rest we will donate to the ISRA Range.  This league is held on Mondays on Range 5.

Please be there at 3:30pm for the 4pm relay and by 4:30pm for the 5pm relay. 

On another note, the Village of Deerfield’s appeal has been dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.   This does not mean they are 100% forbidden from trying again, given the technically-still-pending nature of the other (GSL) case, and the Appellate Court may still wind up hearing this issue.  But, for now, the attempts at appeal have been quashed. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2019
ISRA Smallbore Rifle League
ISRA Smallbore F-Class Rifle League

Friday, June 14, 2019
Ranges 1 & 2 are Closed

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Bonfield Muzzle Loaders Late Spring Black Powder Challenge
ISRA Marksmanship League


Monday, June 17, 2019

Military Benchrest Rifle League


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Benchrest League

F-Class League


Thursday, June 20, 2019

ISRA Smallbore Rifle League

ISRA Smallbore F-Class Rifle League


Saturday June, 22, 2019

Project Appleseed

Firearm Shill & Drills


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Project Appleseed

ISRA Bullseye Match

Handgun Training

Springfield Armory Pistol Match

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

Regional Firearms Auction

Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Auction Company

Dates: June 20-23, 2019

Pecatonica Gun Show

Pecatonica, IL – Winnebago County Fairgrounds

Dates: June 21-22, 2019

Hours: Friday: 4:00-9:00
             Saturday: 9:00-5:00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show

Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center

Dates: June 22-23, 2019

Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
             Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

Crown Point Gun Show

Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds

Dates: July 13-14, 2019

Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
             Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $5.00

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