ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 19, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The dew drenched mornings and summer winds will soon give way to Fall.  The leaves seem to be falling prematurely and patches of yellow are spreading through the soy bean fields.  On Monday, Fall will arrive and the first frost will soon be here.  Now is the time to stock up on shotgun shells for hunting season.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.

On Saturday, September 14th, the ISRA held the High Power Short Course Championship.  Those who were there witnessed a rare event.  The ISRA High Power Chairman, Konrad Power, set a new National record.  The Short Course is an 80-shot match fired at 200yds and 300yds.  The total possible points that can be scored is 800 points.  Konrad fired an amazing 799.  Well done!  

For a long time, I and many others have been telling gun owners that the left-wing anti-gun crowd’s true goal is the confiscation of all firearms.  The Democratic Debate showed their true intentions for all to see.  I still get pushback from people saying they would never do that.  Well yeah, they would and will if they can get a foot in the door.  Beto O’Rourke was kind enough to verify that and even propose it in the Democratic Debate.  Beto is selling T-Shirts, tank tops and hoodies that say as much to fund his campaign.

They will piecemeal the process. They will start with semiautomatics and then go to high power rifles and, of course, pistols.  It will be to siren song about trying to save lives.  It won’t save lives from criminal activity.  What it will prevent is the 2 to 3 million times each year that law-abiding citizens save their own life or the lives of other innocent people.  Sometimes I think these Dunderheads work for the gangbangers and gangs. 

I have been watching discussion after discussion about gun control on seemingly endless television shows.  Some of these people sit around having polite conversations about gnawing away at our Second Amendment Rights like they are at a garden club tea debating which color of red rose is the most beautiful.  None of what they are talking about has anything to do with stopping criminals and everything to do with attacking law-abiding citizens.  Just so everyone understands: we aren’t the garden club.

Sales of firearms have been somewhat sluggish most of the year but in August, that changed.  Handgun sales are up 19.8% and overall sales are up 15.8%.  The attacks on gun owner’s rights are undoubtedly driving part of this. 

It is nice to see the NRA going after San Francisco.  I thought the NRA might be getting out of the lawsuit but now I understand they are completing the lawsuits they are already involved in.  Great!

We have been receiving calls regarding the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act. The link to the proposed rules can be found HERE.   Next week, we will have instructions on how to comment on the rules.

Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) has told everyone that she intends to call SB 1966 in either the 1st Veto Session or 2nd Veto Session.  The 1st Veto Session is scheduled for October 28th, 29th and 30th; the 2nd Veto Session is scheduled for November 12th, 13th and 14th.  

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Springfield Match
ISRA Marksmanship League
ISRA Marksmanship .22 Challenge

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Benchrest League
Paper & Steel League
F-Class Rifle League

Saturday, September 28, 2019
2019 ISRA State Outdoor Precision Pistol Championship – 2700
The Well Armed Woman

Sunday, September 29, 2019
2019 ISRA State Outdoor Precision Pistol Championship – 2700
Fall Glock League
Handgun Training

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

Pecatonica Gun Show
Pecatonica, IL -Winnebago County Fairgrounds
Dates: September 27-29, 2019
Hours: Friday: 4:00-9:00
           Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00

National Civil War Show & Sale
Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Fairgrounds
Date: September 28, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00
Admission: $9.00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show
Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center
Dates: October 5-6, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

Diamond Gun Show
Diamond, IL – Diamond Banquet Hall
Dates: October 5-6, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 8:00-4:00
           Sunday: 8:00-2:00
Admission: $6.00


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