ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 10, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 10, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Most of us meander through life changing gradually as we meet people and entertain new ideas.  Every once in a while, we meet a person or an idea in life that causes us to take a sharp 90 degree turn in our life.  We may not even realize it right away until we view it through a perspective of our own history sometime later.  This can be a teacher, someone we work with, an acquaintance or just anyone. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 3, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 3, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Somehow 2019 seems to be flying by.  Archery deer season has already started.  Most places still have plenty of crops in the field and things may be tough for bow hunters but that may help the gun hunters.  Harvesting has begun but the places are spotty.  Much of the corn crop was planted late so it is common to see a brown field next to a green field.  Add to that, the problem of very wet conditions so everything will be localized.  Deer will be moving, particularly at night, when the moon is up.  There is a full moon on the 13th so a week either side of that date will be dangerous.  Be careful when you drive.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 26, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 26, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Last week I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Phoenix, Arizona.  This year’s GRPC was the largest ever held with nearly 1100 people registered.  I can tell you the room was jam packed. The high attendance at this year’s conference was undoubtedly driven by concerns about the rising anti-gun movement in the United States, the Democratic candidates openly supporting firearm confiscation, and the high percentage of the gun owners in the Southwestern United States.  There were people there from other countries as well.  In all, there were 91 speakers.  This is the greatest single gun rights conference in the world.  Next year’s conference will be in Orlando, Florida, on September 18th, 19th, and 20th.  You should plan on attending.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 19, 2019

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.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 12, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 12, 2019

by Richard Pearson

We have several court cases slowly moving through the courts.  The Gun Dealer Licensing Certification case has been delayed because the original judge recused herself and a new judge has been appointed.  We are waiting for our new hearing date, which may just be a preliminary hearing.  In the Deerfield case, the judge combined our case with the GSL case which gave Deerfield another chance to appeal.  Had the case not been combined, Deerfield would have been done.  The Vivian Brown FOID card case was heard by the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday.  I do not know when we will hear anything.  The White case will have a preliminary hearing on September 17, 2019.  We will let you know when oral arguments are scheduled.  The White case deals with the failure of the State of Illinois to issue an Illinois Concealed Carry License to a person who has a FOID Card and no criminal record.  The Wilson, et al., v. Cook County, et al., case will be appealed with the United States Supreme Court.  We have a lot of cases going on at this time.  The ISRA is fighting for you.  If you are not a member, JOIN now!

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 5, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 5, 2019

by Richard Pearson

By now, all of you know the ISRA will be appealing the Matthew Wilson, et al., v. Cook County. et al., case to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  This is not the only case the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is involved in. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 29, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 29, 2019

by Richard Pearson

September 1st is both the unofficial end of Summer and unofficial beginning of Fall.  The trees are exhibiting variations in their shades of green as a prelude to their coming spectacular colors.  Pumpkins that were bright yellow a week or two ago, are now turning a brilliant orange and the occasional cool mornings are becoming more frequent.  The monarch butterflies have already migrated south with ducks and geese to follow.  Roadside stands will soon be filled with gourds, Indian corn, bittersweet, garden grown spices, the last of the summer vegetables and other treasures.  It is my favorite time of year.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 22, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 22, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The recent gun battle that ensued during a drug raid in Philadelphia had Democrat presidential candidates chattering like the inhabitants of an ape house at the zoo.  In fact, their rant started before the facts were out.  When the facts did appear, the chirping suddenly stopped.  The anti-gun side has narratives that are aimed at tarnishing the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners.  This one blew up in their face.  It turned out this bad actor is the star example of what we have been saying all along.  This guy should have never been out on the streets.  This country is plagued by politically motivated judges and persecutors.  This guy is an example of what happens.  The police arrested him but the prosecutors either plea bargain charges or in some cases, don’t even bother to charge some people.  The shooter in Philadelphia wasn’t even charged and was allowed to walk on a felony the last time he was arrested; he had been convicted six times and was allowed to walk.  Chicago is famous for this type of soft on crime attitude.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 15, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 15, 2019

by Richard Pearson

I have often mentioned that if you want to be an excellent marksman or just work on improving your marksmanship skills, the ISRA is THE place to do it.  Here are the results from the High Power Rifle National Championships: 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 8, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 8, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have caused screams for more gun control.  I would like to point out that as the stories of these shooters unfold it is obvious that there were plenty of warning signs but people just want to stick their head in the sand and hope it all goes away.  Hope, as I often point out, is a poor strategy.  There were plenty of people who knew about these miscreants and did nothing, but I have digressed. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 1, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 1, 2019

This morning I tore another page off the calendar and August 1st abruptly appeared.  Indeed, 2019 is rapidly slipping away.  Squirrel season is here and in a month dove season will kick off the wing shooting season.  Before long, Fall will be upon us and deer and water fowl season will be in full swing. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 25, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 25, 2019

by Richard Pearson

I know many of you are wondering about the status of the lawsuit against the Gun Dealer Licensing Certification Act.  All I can tell you is that the lawsuit has been filed and the defendants (State of Illinois) have been served.  As of this time, the defendants have not answered the complaint.  The coverage in the media has been pretty good.  One of the responses from the other side is we needed the Gun Dealer Licensing Certification Act (GDLCA) to stop straw purchases.  I would like to remind everyone that straw purchases are already illegal.  In fact, in 2008, during the 95th General Assembly, an enhanced penalty was passed to further deter straw purchases.  That bill, HB5524, passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives.  It is interesting that the only people who did not vote for it were 18 Chicago Democrats.  The bill did much better in the Illinois Senate.  One of the sponsors of that bill was Kwame Raoul, the present Attorney General.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 18, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 18, 2019

by Richard Pearson

As you know by now, the Illinois State Rifle Association has filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the enforcement of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.  The request was filed Tuesday in the Circuit Court for The Seventh Judicial District, Sangamon County.  If we receive the TRO we will file for a Permanent injunction against the GDL Act.  We will keep you posted on what happens.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 11, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 11, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Our friends, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), have won a major court case despite well-financed opposition from Everytown and Never Again California, two of the Bloomberg front groups.  The Del Mar Fairgrounds adopted an anti-gun policy that blocked gun shows at their facility.  The CRPA, Second Amendment Foundation, the South Bay Rod and Gun Club and several individual plaintiffs sought an injunction to prevent the Del Mar Fairgrounds from enforcing their anti-gun position.  Last week, Judge Cathy Bencivengo issued a preliminary injunction against the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The Del Mar Fairgrounds serves San Diego County California.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 4, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 4, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The weather in Philadelphia in July 1776 was one of those hot muggy affairs where both the temperature and humidity hovered in the 90s.  Thomas Jefferson was working on the Declaration of Independence in rooms rented from Jacob Graff on the second floor of his home.  His quarters consisted of a parlor and bed chamber.  Jefferson described himself as writing habitually in the parlor for two weeks.  Despite the conditions, he finished the Declaration of Independence.  The Lee Resolution, also known as the Resolution for Independence, was passed on the 2nd of July.  That was the date Jefferson thought would be celebrated.  The final wording for the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th which turned out to be the date celebrated, much to the surprise of Jefferson.  The Declaration was not actually signed until August 2nd 1776.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 27, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 27, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Summer is here and hopefully the rain will be slowing down and we can all get out and enjoy our favorite shooting activities.  Summer leagues are flourishing so be sure to take advantage of them.  The National Matches start in a little over a week at Camp Perry, Ohio.  This will be the last year for them at Camp Perry.  Next year they will be held at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.  If you have never been to Camp Perry, this is your last chance.   

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 20, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 20, 2019

by Richard Pearson

I have received several calls asking how I know Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) is going to run the FOID card bill (SB1966) in Veto Session.  The answer does not require being much of a clairvoyant.  She announced it in her newsletter.  Morrison does not intend to stop there.  She held a town hall meeting last week and talked about confiscation of AR15s and other such firearms.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 13, 2019

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 antigunners 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

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 6, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 6, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Today is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.  Soldiers from the United States, Canada and Great Britain were engaged in the greatest waterborne invasion in history.  They were assaulting Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.  To give you an idea of what it involved to do the D-Day Operation, there were 11,590 aircraft, 6939 vessels, 132,715 allied troops, 196,700 sailors and 7,000,000 tons of supplies, including 450,000 tons of ammunition.  By June 11, the Allies had landed 326,537 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies.  The troops began the arduous and deadly job of pushing deeper and deeper in France, hedge row by hedge row.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 30, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 30, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The situation leading up to and including SB1966 and its various amendments that now become the bill has been deceitful and slimy to say the least.  SB1966 is an out and out attack on the Second Amendment and the private ownership of firearms. The excuse for filing SB1966 was the shooting that occurred in Aurora earlier this year.  Of course, in the end, SB1966 does nothing about that.


 

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