ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 16, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 16, 2020

by Richard Pearson

I have been warning everyone about Michael Bloomberg and how dangerous he is to the Second Amendment and our gun rights.  Bloomberg has just announced he is going to pour a billion dollars into his presidential campaign.  I don’t think Bloomberg expects to be elected, I think he wants to reshape the United States which would include banning firearms to individuals like you and me.  He will pour hundreds of millions into anti-gun commercials.  The Executive Directors of the Texas State Rifle Association told me that in November and December, Bloomberg established 16 new offices in Texas.  This is not just rented space.  These offices are fully equipped and staffed and aimed at destroying the Second Amendment.  If that is happening there, it is happening everywhere.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 9, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 9, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois General Assembly officially started the Spring Session yesterday, January 8th.  We will not see much activity until the last week of January.  That does not mean there will not be a lot going on behind the scenes.  We can expect the introduction of many bills but nothing will actually happen until early February.  Over the last 20 years, there have been many changes in the lobbying world.  The ISRA Lobby Team has been preparing for this Spring Legislative Session.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 2, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 2, 2020

by Richard Pearson

For years, we have been reminding everyone that when things go bad you have between three to five seconds to respond.  The shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ proves the point.  The shooter was dead in six seconds.  Still, he was able to kill two people.  Nevertheless, many people were saved by the quick response of the volunteer security guards.  In such situations you have to be accurate and decisive.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 26, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 26, 2019

by Richard Pearson

On this day in 1944, citizens all across the United States were holding their collective breath.  The war in Europe was not over but it seemed to be winding down.  The allies were at ease, sort of.  It was winter and Germany had not launched a winter military campaign since Frederick the Great in the mid-1700s.  On December 16th, that all changed.  Hitler had quietly gathered his forces and sent them plunging though the Ardennes Forest to carry the fight to the allies.  It worked and what was to become known as the Battle of the Bulge was on.  The weather was cloudy and miserable and that made it impossible for allied air power to protect ground troops.  Many American ground troops still had summer uniforms and were suffering.  European winters are mild by Midwest standards but the winter of 1944-1945 was the worst in years.  Americans knew our troops were in trouble.  The town of Bastogne, Belgium was held by the 101st Airborne but they were surrounded, outgunned and running low on everything but courage.  Bastogne was important because it was a crossroads for the major roads in the area.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 19, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 19, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Like most of you, I have been watching the FBI investigation of President Trump and the other poor folks that got swept up in it.  The central figure on the FBI side was, of course, former FBI Director James Comey.  Comey is one of those guys that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up whenever I see him.  In his latest interview with Chis Wallace, Comey seems to want us to believe he was not the leader of the FBI but just a spectator.  He falls into the standard bureaucratic line: I can’t tell a lie, someone else did it.  Sorry James ole boy but I saved my program and it has you listed as the coach.  Your chances at fame are not lost yet, they still have not nominated Worm of the Year.  Your chances are looking better every day.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 12, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 12, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The recent revelations regarding fund sweeps of monies from the State Police Firearm Services Fund and the State Police Services Fund are a travesty against law-abiding gun owners in Illinois [refer to the Headline News on our website, www.isra.org and please share our FB post].  These revelations are the work of the Illinois State Rifle Association lobbying team.  The idea to check out what was happening to gun owners’ money became a discussion in April 2019 when the highly organized and well-funded anti-gunners began pushing the so- called FOID fix bill, which turned out to be a guise to crush firearm ownership.  The project to find out what happened to the FOID funds was led by ISRA lobbyist Ed Sullivan.  The ISRA has five lobbyists and each one brings different skills to the table.  When added together, the ISRA has one of the best, if not the best, pro-gun lobbying teams anywhere.  Ed Sullivan is a former Republican Floor Leader and was on the negotiating team when we passed the Illinois Concealed Carry Act in 2013.  Remember, we had to override Governor Quinn’s veto to get that done.  Ed Sullivan is an example of why experience matters.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 5, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 5, 2019

by Richard Pearson

President Barack Obama famously said, “Elections have consequences…” and nothing could make that clearer than the recent elections in Virginia.  We are now seeing what many of us have been saying for a long time, which is that Bloomberg, Soros and the rest of the many elitist billionaires are funding a nationwide movement to disarm law-abiding American citizens.  The combination of Bloomberg pouring millions into the Virginia elections, poor voter turnout, few strong Second Amendment candidates, and gun owner complacency has created a perfect storm against the Second Amendment in Virginia.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 28, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 28, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Thanksgiving is here and I want to wish everyone the happiest of Thanksgivings.  Sometimes we fail to recognize our blessings or, even worse, take them for granted.  I want to assure all of our members, volunteers and those who donate to the cause how thankful we are for you and your support.  The Board of Directors, staff and I are thankful for your dedication and commitment to saving the Second Amendment.  By working together, we are making a positive difference.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 21, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 21, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The gun sanctuary movement keeps chugging along despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the anti-gun fanatics.  In Lake County, Florida, the Commission passed a resolution declaring Lake County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.  This is the first county in Florida to become a Gun Sanctuary County.  This resolution was a response to gun buy-back proposals from various democrat presidential candidates. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 14, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 14, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The lessons from the Virginia elections should be on the minds of every gun owner in Illinois and everywhere else.  The liberal Democrats have won both chambers in the Virginia Legislature and control the Governorship.  I know you are thinking, so what else is new?  The point is it did not need to happen.  Virginia has been a Red State for 25 years.  Michael Bloomberg poured millions into the election.  While that is a factor, it is not the only reason gun owners lost in Virginia.  They lost for all the classic reasons.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 7, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 7, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The arrival of November, cooler weather and the deer rut are coming together at the right time to make a really good deer season.  The Illinois deer harvest is up considerably from 2018, at least so far.  The deer archery season is 10,167; last year, the harvest was 7349.  The youth deer shotgun season is equally good with the harvest at 3775, while last year was 1659.  I’m not sure what this bodes for the regular season but I am guessing it will be a good one.  Now is the time to recheck all your hunting gear to make sure you have everything you need. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 31, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 31, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois State Police conducted the requested public hearing on the Proposed Administrative Rules for the Gun Dealer Licensing Act on October 24.  The public hearing lasted a little more than 90 minutes and everyone was given ample opportunity to testify and provide additional written comments.  Thirteen different people offered comments on the Proposed Rules, with 5 of them having the opportunity to offer additional comments.  Gun dealers from every corner of the state testified, from those in urban and rural areas, those who are mom and pop operations, as well as large scale operations.  Only one person spoke in favor of the Proposed Rules, someone from the Gun Violence Prevention Center.  That person suggested that the one inspection a year should be amended to state that law enforcement follow-up on traces shouldn’t count towards the one per year inspection.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 24, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 24, 2019

by Richard Pearson

I am often asked what it is like in Springfield.  Let me say that any legislative body tends to be messy.  The bigger the legislative body or the bigger the jurisdiction it represents, the messier it is.  Illinois is one of the bigger legislative bodies and jurisdictions as far as population.  It is more than just issues; it is all the people, organizations and bureaucratic government entities that will be affected, or at least think they will be affected.  Most of the time we pretty well know who these are but it is not uncommon for one of these people or groups to come forward that we may not have recognized or anticipated.  Many times, people have misinterpreted what they read or understood.  Sometimes people see things we did not see.  What I have learned is that the simple answer may not be so simple.  Whatever the case, it all has to be dealt with.  The ISRA Lobbyists will be there and ready.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 17, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 17, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The first Veto Session is scheduled for October 28th, 29th and 30th.  Monday, October 28th, is the day to gather all legislators.  The realization will start on Tuesday, October 29th.  The mini IGOLD will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019.  We will begin in the Howlett Building Auditorium at 9:00am, give a legislative update and overview of our goals, and a briefing on lobbying the Legislators before heading to the Capitol to lobby.  The Howlett Building is on the south end of the Capitol Complex.  You will need to enter through the east entrance of the Howlett Building or the east entrance of the Capitol Building.  The east entrance of the Capitol Building may be easier because they have more scanners.  These are secured entrances so be prepared to go through a security check.  It would be a good idea to bring a Ziploc bag to put your keys, wallet, pens, and change in when you pass through security.  This will make it easier on both you and the security guards in order to keep things moving.  Please leave your pocket knife in your vehicle.

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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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