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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches are being held in two locations this year, Camp Perry, Ohio, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  Our senior Smallbore Team, the ISRA Sunshine Boys, was first among State Associations at Atterbury, Indiana.  This year, all teams were lumped together; the civilian amateur teams were in with the professional pistol teams.  The ISRA had six teams which finished in the middle of the pack.  All in all, good considering how the teams were all together. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Sunday August 1, 2021, will be the beginning of squirrel season in Illinois.  This will kick off the Fall hunting seasons.  There are those who turn their nose up at eating squirrel but they have never had these little bushy-tails well prepared.  They are delicious.  Once when I was hunting with my wife’s uncle who was an avid squirrel hunter, I brought three bushy tails home.  That night we were having friends over for dinner.  I carefully prepared the squirrels, boned them, diced up the meat and put it on top of a pizza.  While we were eating dinner, our friends commented on how good the pizza was.  When I told them that I put squirrel meat on as a topping, they stopped eating the pizza.  It’s the thought that counts.  For those hunters who have not gotten their FOID card renewed, you need not worry about being stopped by the Conservation Police, it does not matter.  Make sure you have your Illinois Hunting License because that does matter.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 8, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 8, 2021

by Richard Pearson

As predicted, the 4th of July violence broke out in Chicago despite extra police presence in certain parts of the city.  The rough totals for the weekend were 108 shot and 17 dead.  Actually, that was much less than I expected.  In the South Austin area, a gunman opened fire on three people, killing one of them and wounding two.  A witness to the shooting was an Illinois Concealed Carry License (ICCL) holder who shot the gunman, preventing the death of the two wounded people.  As I often mention, when an attack occurs, the only people there are the attacker and the intended victims.  This attack was probably over in under 10 seconds despite having 5 people involved.  That is how fast these things happen.  We have over 410,000 ICCLS in Illinois but that isn’t enough.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 1, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 1, 2021

by Richard Pearson

According to reports, NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) denied about 300,000 firearm purchases in 2020.  The complete analysis of all of this won’t be done for a while.  The anti-gun groups and their cohorts in the press would have you believe the people denied were all killers but that is not true.  If we look back into the past, we can find a few patterns that will most likely apply to the latest data.  About 99% of the denials were false positives which accounts for so few prosecutions.  False “Red Flag” confiscations, unjustified protection orders, attempts by illegal aliens and defective applications make up most of the denials.  It is true there were some attempts by criminals.  It takes three or four years to see how all of this comes together.  In 2017, there were only 12 prosecutions because of NICS denials.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin- June 24, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin- June 24, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Both numbers of FOID card holders and ICCL holders is up and I am expecting those numbers to rise even further.  I keep getting calls from reporters asking why these numbers keep increasing.  If you look around and see what is happening in the United States the answer is obvious.  Moreover, we are just at the beginning of the long hot Illinois summer in addition to a long Fourth of July weekend.  I predict things could get pretty rough in some cities with Chicago being number one on that wild list.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

by Richard Pearson

In our FOID application case, Bradley V. Kelly, we have been denied our Preliminary Injunction.  We have a couple of actions we can take and we are weighing our options at this time.  In our second FOID appeal case, Thomas v. Kelly, the judge denied a motion to dismiss brought by the State.  We will be moving forward on this case.  Other cases are waiting at this moment.  I will let you know as soon as something happens.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Every once in a while, there is a bright spot in our day.  One of those bright spots popped last week in the form of a court ruling.  U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, California, struck down California’s so-called assault weapons ban declaring it unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was brought by Jim Miller et al.  The et al includes other California residents, Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, California Gun Rights Foundation and several other groups.  Judge Benitez stated in his decision, “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR15 is the perfect combination of a home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment, good for home defense and battle.”  Of course, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonita are squalling like a couple of long tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs.  What else could we expect from these two darlings of the left wing?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Spring 2021 Legislative Session is over for the Illinois General Assembly.  The good news is nothing bad passed.  The bad news is nothing good passed.  The reality is that like it or not, the State of Illinois has the FOID card and we have to deal with it.  Before we get into the discussion about the bills in the Spring Session, one has to realize that the ISRA has both long and short-term goals.  One of the long-term goals is to get rid of the FOID.  One of the short-term goals is to get the FOID cards and ICCLs in the hands of law-abiding Illinois citizens as fast and easy as possible.  We recognize that a right delayed is a right denied.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 27, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 27, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Oral arguments were heard in the Bradley et al v. Kelly FOID card case on Thursday, May 20, 2021.  The judge will give her opinion, by letter, sometime in the future.  That could mean days or weeks.  Whatever the opinion, I imagine this case will be appealed.  Other ISRA cases have had no new developments.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 20, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 20, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly ends at midnight on May 31, 2021.  That is slightly less than 11 days by the time you read this.  The pace keeps picking up the closer we get to the end of session.  From now on, committees will be on one hour posting notices.  Your ISRA lobbying team is here. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 13, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 13, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Wednesday afternoon we once again witnessed how fast legislation can move in Springfield.  HB 1092 was passed out of committee and was called for a vote on the House floor within two hours.  The lobbying team got word of this possibility and the ISRA administrative staff put out an Action Alert immediately asking everyone to call their State Representative asking them to oppose HB1092.  The bill did pass 69-43-0.  HB1092 now moves to the Senate.  Please call your State Senator and ask them to oppose this bill.  We are down to 16 legislative session days before adjournment at midnight on May 31st.  Please stay tuned for these important Action Alerts.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 6, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 6, 2021

by Richard Pearson

 

The long anticipated crunch time is upon us in Springfield.  The Illinois State Legislature adjourns on May 31st at midnight.  The next few weeks are going to be filled with sudden action and tedious waiting.  One never knows when one or the other of these things will begin or end.  It is just how legislatures work.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 29, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 29, 2021

by Richard Pearson

I want to thank everyone one who filled out witness slips of opposition to HB1091 HFA#1.  You all did a great job on short notice.  This time of year we are on what is known as “24 hour posting notice“.  That means bills being called in the committee have to be posted 24 hours before the committee or it can’t be called.  What happened with HB1091 HFA#1 is a great example of how the system works.  HB1092 HFA#1 was posted to committee at 1:22pm for hearing the next day at 5pm.  We were alerted at about 2pm that the bill was posted to committee.  We got the alert out calling for witness slips shortly after that.  Then the time of the committee was changed back to 2pm the next day, just making the 24 hour posting notice.  This gave the Second Amendment side as little time to react as possible.  Of course, the anti-gun side knew all this was going to happen so they had the advantage.  Still, with your help, we won that round. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 22, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 22, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Executive Directors Message

Richard Pearson

The anti-gun crowd always advances their anti-gun agenda by touting some situation which, of course, can only be solved by more restrictive gun control measures.  It doesn’t seem to matter that what they are proposing won’t work or, even worse, will have deleterious effects on law-abiding gun owners. They are purposely misleading people with legislation that is supposed to do one thing when they know it does something else.   One great example is the Red Flag laws that swept through the Illinois General Assembly a few years ago.  Red Flag laws were introduced in almost every state legislature and passed in many of them.  In Illinois, the Red Flag law passed with veto proof majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  The Biden Administration is now pushing them in Congress.
 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 15, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 15, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Tuesday, April 13th, with only a few weeks left in the Spring Session, the Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield to face a mountain of bills and resolutions. The Illinois House of Representatives has 671 bills on the floor and the Illinois Senate has 234.  That totals 905 bills that first must be dealt with in the originating chamber and if passed, sent to the opposite chamber.  We are talking about Second and Third Readings, being returned to committee for amendments and back on the floor again and votes taken.  Thousands of hours of work are required to do all of this and it won’t all get done.  I would not be surprised to see Special Sessions this summer.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 8, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 8, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Today, the Biden Administration will initiate actions in regard to what they term, ”the gun violence epidemic”. Translated this means they will attack legal firearms owners and their firearms.  High on the list will be ARs with arm braces and 80 % finished receivers that allow individuals to make their own firearms. These are referred to using the scary term “ghost guns”.  For the record, criminals do not make their own guns, they steal them or obtain them by illegal means.  As for those who use arm braces many disabled shooters use arm braces.  Other agenda items include Model Red Flag Laws, calling on the Justice Department to issue annual reports on gun trafficking and the nomination of David Chapman as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  Chapman Is a devout anti gunner and is senior policy advisor to the Gifford’s gun prohibition group. This nomination puts law abiding gun owners in the crosshairs.  The battle is coming.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 1, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 1, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Last week, I gave an outline of the Illinois State Police (ISP) bill SB2889.  That bill number is now going to be SB1165.  That is the way the ISP believes is the best way to clean up the FOID card mess.  Below is an outline of HB3245 being proposed by Representative Kathleen Willis.  The Illinois Senate version is SB568, sponsored by Ram Villivalam.  HB3245 and SB568 are essentially redoes of the now defunct SB1966 from the 101st General Assembly.  We are now in the 102nd General Assembly.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 25, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 25, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Numbers are starting to come in regarding firearms statistics for 2020.  The number of jobs the firearms industry provides rose over 10,000 from 2019 to 342,330 in 2020.  The revenues went from 60 billion to 63.5 billion for the same period.  The firearms industry is trying hard to keep up with demand.  I expect even higher numbers for 2022.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 18, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 18, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Monday, March 15th, I sent out an alert postponing the 2021 IGOLD event.  I know you are all as disappointed as I am.  I know many of you say “Have it anyway.”  That is easier said than done. Springfield is essentially locked down not just for us, but every other group.  No one is picking on us specifically.  IGOLD has a sterling reputation because it is well organized, focused and disciplined.  IGOLD is the largest group that goes to Springfield and causes the least problems. That goes a long way in Springfield and everywhere else.  It has taken years to build a good reputation but it only takes moments to destroy it.  The next IGOLD is scheduled for April 6th, 2022.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 11, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 11, 2021

by Richard Pearson

As most of you know by now, the ISRA has filed the Luce v. Kelly case for the failure of the Illinois State Police to issue new Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses in the time prescribed by law.  The case was filed on Friday in Federal Court in the Northern District Eastern Division.  It will take some time before the State of Illinois answers the complaint.  The plaintiffs in the case are Nicholas A. Luce, Joseph R. Stacho III, David M. Rice, Jerry J. Robinson, Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation.  We will keep you posted.

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