We at the ISRA take our responsibility very seriously when it comes to the health and well‑being of our members, staff and our community. As a result, all leagues, classes and organized activities are canceled, at this time, until May 1, 2020.
Thank you for membership, understanding and cooperation.
The NRA Annual Meeting scheduled for April 16-19, 2020 in Nashville has been cancelled. Please remember to cancel your rooms if applicable. Details regarding a rescheduled NRA Members' Meeting will be forthcoming.
Due to the coronavirus threat, the Secretary of State’s office has cancelled all events at the Illinois State Capitol including Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) which was to be held on April 1, 2020. We have tentatively rescheduled IGOLD for Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. We regret any inconvenience caused by this cancellation. We will keep you updated. The IGOLD raffle drawing will still take place on April 14th.
Chatsworth, IL – Last week Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Brendan Kelly outlined steps that ISP has taken to manage the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) and Conceal Carry License (CCL) programs and laid much of the blame on funding issues.
From Director Kelly’s press conference on 02/13/2020:
In the last few months, we have heard from dozens of people who are having issues with their FOID Card and Concealed Carry applications.
4/20/2020-4/24/2020 - ISRA Range Classroom, Ranges 3 & 5 - 8:00-5:00
NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor Development Schools develop and enhance both instructor skills and firearm handling skills of all students so they can effectively teach their officers to win lethal encounters. These schools are intended for public and private law enforcement officers and military personnel who are currently assigned, or about to be assigned, duties as law enforcement firearm instructors.
Today the Illinois State Police released the Emergency Rules for the Gun Dealer Licensing Certification Act (GDLCA). These rules will be heard by the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) on February 18, 2020.
by Ed Sullivan, ISRA Lobbyist, former Illinois State Legislator
In the New Year there will be a bevy of new laws facing Illinois Citizens. One new law that Gun Owners should pay close attention to is PA 101-0027, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. This new law allows Illinois citizens over twenty-one the ability to purchase and consume cannabis recreationally. Illinois citizens have had the ability to purchase and consume cannabis for medical reasons for five years. There is a difference between the purchase and use of Medical Cannabis and Recreational Cannabis as it relates to your lawful rights to own and possess a firearm in Illinois.
12/10/2019 - For Immediate Release
Chatsworth, IL – Nearly $30 million in funds generated by user fees that should be used to reduce the wait time for FOID card applications and for the administration of the Illinois Concealed Carry License (ICCL) program has been diverted to general state spending according to Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
The recent revelations regarding fund sweeps of monies from the Firearms Service Fund and the State Police Operations Fund are a travesty against law-abiding gun owners in Illinois.
Nearly $30 million in funds generated by user fees that should be used to reduce the wait time for FOID card applications and for the administration of the Concealed Carry program in Illinois has been diverted to general state spending.
Starting today, July 26, 2019, and for the next week, there is construction and upgrade to the internet backbone serving the ISRA office and the surrounding area. Please be patient when contacting the office via email or phone during this period. This notice will be updated as needed. Thank you for your understanding.
Nike Shoe Company had a special Betsy Ross Flag shoe to release for the Fourth of July holiday. The white shoe with red trim featured a replica of the famous flag she sewed on the heel.
by Richard Pearson
This weekend is a very significant one in the history of our country. On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride, which has forever been memorialized by Longfellow.
by Richard Pearson
ISRA Wins In Case Against East St. Louis Housing Authority
Contact: Richard Pearson
Commentary by Victor D. Quilici, ISRA General Counsel
Alan Gura, the plaintiffs’ attorney in the Heller and McDonald cases
has done it again, scoring a victory in a federal district court case in the
District of Columbia that many Second Amendment scholars see as
a milestone for the Second Amendment right to carry handguns outside of the
home for self-defense.
It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Otis McDonald. Otis was 79. I have always considered Otis as one of those people who lived everyday bravely and was not a hero because of one event but was a hero every day of his life.
Richard A Pearson
Illinois State Rifle Association
Posted Fri Apr 4 15:52:24 CST 2014