ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 15, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 15, 2018

by Richard Pearson

As President Obama once said, elections have consequences.  There is no question that applies to the Midterm Elections of 2018 both in Illinois and across the country.  In Illinois, the loss of Bruce Rauner brought an immediate legislative response the next day by anti-gun State Senator Julie Morrison (D-    Deerfield).  The votes had hardly been counted when Morrison introduced SB3637, an ammunition tax bill.  SB3637 seeks to tax law-abiding gun owners to support mental health.  Mental Health is a universal problem and should not be placed on the backs of law-abiding gun owners.  This is clearly an effort to penalize Illinois gun owners, make shooting more expensive and make it more difficult for Illinois firearm dealers to compete.  This tax applies to every cartridge and shell, so this hits every firearm owner including hunters.  Not only is this a new tax but, once established, it is easy to just raise the tax rate to an onerous level.  The tax is now 1 cent per cartridge and shell but it would be easy to raise this to either 5 or 10 cents. This is designed to get the camel’s nose under the tent. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 8, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 8, 2018

by Richard Pearson

J.B. Pritzker has won the Governor’s race, as you already know.  That means the fight is on and the ISRA will be there fighting for you.  As Sir Winston Churchill pointed out, countries that fight, although they may get defeated from time to time, always rise again.  That is also true of causes like ours.  Those who don’t fight disappear and can only be found on a crumpled page of a history book.  We will always fight on.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 1, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 1, 2018

by Richard Pearson

A few months ago, I discussed the importance of applying for your FOID card immediately.  Please be very careful, particularly if you are unfamiliar with a computer; if you answer anything wrong, it becomes a mess.  When sending correspondence to the Illinois State Police (ISP) for your FOID, please send your documents either priority mail with a tracking number or send them certified mail (signed for).  This will allow you to track and ensure receipt of your documents.  Remember: if you are an ISRA member, our office will assist you.  You will need to call Mary at 815.635.3198 to schedule an appointment.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

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.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When you look at the front page of any newspaper, listen or watch any news broadcast, nowhere is there a headline about the Second Amendment being on the 2018 Midterm Elections ballot, but it is.  There are candidates on the ballot who disdain and despise the Second Amendment and are out to destroy it.  This is true throughout the Country and, of course, here in Illinois.  At the top of the list in Illinois is the governor’s race.  Governor Bruce Rauner has been a backstop in Springfield to some of the most outrageous proposals aimed at taking away our Second Amendment Rights and Freedoms.  People who care about the Second Amendment must support Bruce Rauner for governor.  For the last four years, it has been a pleasure to work with Governor Rauner.  His door has always been open and he truly cares about the concerns of law-abiding gun owners.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is now on the United States Supreme Court.  It is not over and what the Brett Kavanaugh episode has revealed is the length the left will go to destroy anyone or anything they don’t like.  It has been leaked that the anti-Kavanaugh forces were financed by dark money.  Dark money comes from a lot of places; most typically, it came from anti-American billionaires who live here or elsewhere in the world and foreign governments.  The Clinton Foundation scandal is an example of dark money and how it is used.  The Wall Street Journal revealed that George Soros has twenty front groups supplying protesters in Washington, DC.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

by Richard Pearson

For years, Hillary Clinton has been screeching about a vast right-wing conspiracy.  I have never been able to find such a conspiracy.  For one thing, the right-wingers are too stubborn and uncompromising to engage in such a thing.  If this was a vast right-wing week-long convention, by the time they agreed on the agenda, the placement of the podium, the uniform style of footnoting, the font to be used on the power point and printed material, it would be Friday night and they would all be headed home.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I have just returned from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) and I am pleased to inform you that the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) has won the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCKRBA) Affiliate of the Year Award.  The ISRA has won this award for 10 of the last 11 years.  As I reflect on this honor of why the ISRA has won this prestigious award, I found the answer to be because of the dedication of our members, Staff and Board of Directors.  Let me give you a few examples of what those words actually mean.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 20, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 20, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The media seldom mentions the 2,000,000 or more times a citizen uses a firearm in self-defense.  Many times, these incidents are unreported and if they are reported, they go unmentioned or appear deep in a newspaper.  Sometimes there is just no avoiding reporting a good outcome when a legally armed citizen uses a firearm.  Such was the case last Thursday when Cicero, Illinois police officers engaged a suspect who was firing at them with an automatic weapon.  Officer Luis Duarte was hit several times during the shootout.  Suddenly, an armed citizen got out of his car and fired at the suspect, hitting him once, which ended the gunfight.  The Cicero, Illinois Superintendent of Police and Town President Larry Dominick praised the citizen for intervening.   The name of the armed citizen has not been released.  
Cicero is in Cook County.  Cook County has 89,779 Illinois Concealed Carry Licensees and 598,205 FOID card holders, as of last week.  

Author: Lori (Admin)
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Recent research by John Lott has brought to light interesting facts regarding concealed carry.  Nationally, in 2018, the number of concealed carry permits has grown to 17.25 million.  Last year, the number of permits had grown 890,000, the most in any year.  It is important to understand that 14 states do not require permits and are not counted in any of the above numbers.  It is certainly possible that there are 25 to 30 million people carrying firearms for self-defense.  Alabama has 22.1% of the adults carrying, followed by Indiana with 17.9% and South Dakota with 17.1%.  Four states have over 1,000,000 permits: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 6, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 6, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The downhill slide to the Midterm Elections has begun and right on queue the Gifford’s have announced plans for ever-tightening firearm regulations.  The basic theme of all of this is that there are never enough gun control restrictions to satisfy them.  Their goal is the strangulation of the Second Amendment.  This includes the usual stuff like running gun dealers out of business by piling on costs and regulations, running the cost of firearm ownership as high as they can, taxation on firearms and ammunition and the outright banning of firearms.  The new twist seems to be to put a bureaucrat in charge of seeing if you and I are worthy enough to own a firearm.  Remember an attack on one class of firearms is an attack on all classes of firearms.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 30, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 30, 2018

by Richard Pearson

We recognize Labor Day weekend as the unofficial end of Summer.  Hunting season starts and for you ladies wearing white, it will be out of fashion according to Emily Post or some other self-appointed fashion pundits. 

Author: Lori (Admin)
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 23, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 23, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Soon, the first of the 10-year FOID cards will start renewing and this is likely to swamp the Illinois State Police (ISP).  With that in mind, on August 17th, Governor Rauner signed HB 4855 into law.  HB 4855 allows gun owners a 60-day grace period to keep their FOID card active while their renewal application is being processed, even if the processing period extends beyond the FOID card’s expiration date.  Your renewal should not be submitted more than 60 days before your expiration date.  This new law also clarifies the definition of a patient so hospitals have a better idea of how to report the status of a patient to the ISP.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 16, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 16, 2018

by Richard Pearson

In 82 days, it will be Election Day in Illinois and the rest of the country.  Unless gun owners turn out and vote it will be a grim day.  J. B. Pritzker is the most anti-gubernatorial candidate we have ever had in Illinois.  Last Sunday, in an Op-Ed in The Chicago Sun Times, Mr. Pritzker outlined in a paragraph what he wants to do with gun owners.  Here is the paragraph:

 "Without a doubt, we need common-sense and long-overdue gun safety legislation.  Criminals and those who want to do harm shouldn’t have access to guns, and no one should have access to weapons of war or be able to obtain guns illegally.  We need to ban assault weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines, and we need to stop the importation of illegal guns across Illinois’ borders.  It’s also time to enforce universal background checks and enact a gun dealer licensing bill."

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 9, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 9, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Recently I have been getting calls from the media regarding so-called 3-D guns.  There are those that think a person can take a set of plans off the internet, download them to a 3-D printer or CNC machine, turn everything on and out will come a gun.  Even more interesting, I got one call from a media person who thought you could make ammunition the same way.  The answer is: uhhh… No.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 2, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 2, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I usually write about firearms and the politics that surround firearm ownership but today I want to sound a warning to all the fishermen out there.  Anti-fishing groups are on the rise and mounting new attacks on your sport.  Fishermen have mostly been asleep at the tiller but it is time to wake up.  We are seeing more and more activity from Animal Rights groups.  Animal rights groups, anti-gun groups and environmental wacko groups all offer safe harbors for leftists.  They also offer a way for leftists to make a living; they are well-financed and will stop at nothing.  Just letting you know. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 26, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 26, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches continue at three locations this year - Camp Perry, Ohio; Camp Atterbury, Indiana and Bristol, Indiana.  The ISRA shooting teams are at all of those locations.  Camp Perry hosted the National Conventional (Bullseye) Pistol Matches.  I am proud to say the ISRA had more pistol teams than any other state.  The ISRA Expert teams finished in the middle of the pack.  There are a lot of Expert teams.  The ISRA Marksman teams finished second and fourth.  Ron Wolflick finished First Police Expert and Jeff Battaglia was Second Sharpshooter.  Well done folks. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 19, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 19, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message

With the national focus on mental health as it relates to mass shootings we have seen many states begin the discussion of how to prevent these tragedies.  Many of the discussions have revolved around what has been commonly called “Red Flag Laws”.  The premise behind these laws is how to empower direct family members to be a line of defense when there is a sudden onset of mental health issues that result in a person, who has access to firearms, presenting a danger to themselves and others.
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 12, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 12, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message


A few months ago law abiding gun owners in a couple downstate counties, tired of being blamed for murders in Chicago, came up with the idea of Sanctuary Counties for Gun Owners.  The idea was to get county boards to pass resolutions declaring their county to be a sanctuary for gun owners.  These resolutions urged the lawmakers in Springfield to stop infringing on our Second Amendment rights.  These resolutions were a protest.
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 5, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 5, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message


On the 5th of July, 1776, the people of Philadelphia woke up to another sweltering day of the summer heat wave, but it wasn’t just another day.  John Dunlap’s print shop had been working through the night printing 200 copies of a document that had been rushed over from the Pennsylvania State House where the Second Continental Congress was convened.  Soon the citizens of Philadelphia were reading the Declaration of Independence, a document that was, and still is, changing the political face of the planet.
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