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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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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 4, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 4, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The bills are pouring out of the General Assembly.  Presently, we are tracking 175 bills and resolutions.  We will see a lot of movement on bills this week; however, we have learned the Illinois House has cancelled session for next week.  The Illinois Senate will be in.  One of the latest is SB2300.  SB2300 (Ann Gillespie (D-27 Arlington Heights) would put a 10% tax on so-called “assault weapons“ and “high capacity magazines”. This follows the pattern of ‘if you can’t ban them, tax them’ agenda.  Remember, the power to tax is the power to destroy.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 25, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 25, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois State Police has reported the number of Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses has surpassed 378,000.  The original goal was to reach 300,000 and we have well exceeded that number.  It is possible we will reach 400,000 ICCLS in 2021.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 18, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 18, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The State of Illinois has submitted their reply to the court in the ISRA FOID card case.  All the preliminary work is done and now we have to wait for a court date.  In the past, it has taken anywhere from one month to six months for that to happen.  As I have mentioned before, watching paint dry is quite exciting compared to waiting for courts and court cases to move.  When something happens it will be posted in the Thursday Bulletin.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 11, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 11, 2021

by Richard Pearson

We are entering the legislative season which is the most dangerous time for citizens.  Most firearm owners pay attention to federal and state legislation.  The primary job of the ISRA is to handle legislation in the Illinois State Legislature.  That does not mean we ignore federal and local legislation.  Local legislation at the county, city, village or other forms of local government can be just as dangerous.  Zoning boards are a particular headache.  The fact is, I look at all forms and levels of government with a jaundiced eye.  Every level of government has huge power when compared to the individual citizen. Most of the time, people who serve on local government boards are good people but every once in a while, somebody gets elected who believes they are God’s gift to us all.  These people become tyrants.  Someone once said “There is no tyrant like a small tyrant.”  They knew what they were talking about.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 4, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 4, 2021

by Richard Pearson

I am watching anti-gunners on the march in several states.  The greatest change is in the State of Virginia but the anti-gun push is on in Washington, Oregon and New Mexico.  I call this Creeping Californiaism (CC for short).  The heck with the COVID-19, CC is much more dangerous.  All joking aside, the only cure for this is for gun owners to stop ranting and get organized and stay organized.  It takes money to fight these people and their anti-gun agenda.  It takes more than just to say we have a Second Amendment; gun owners have to fight to keep it.  Not only do we have to fight for it, we have to fight for it in an organized manner if we expect to win.  Of all the State Associations, the ISRA is the most organized.  It is time for people in every state to stop depending on organizations like the NRA to do everything.  When I first started fighting for gun rights, everyone looked around and waited for the NRA to come galloping in on a big white horse and save the day.  Early on, those of us in the ISRA understood that someday the big white horse wouldn’t make it.  I am not saying we should abandon the NRA, in fact, we should support them even more but for the foreseeable future the Washington D.C. swamp is going to keep them busy.  We need to take care of ourselves in our home states.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 28, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 28, 2021

by Richard Pearson

In a previous Thursday Bulletin I mentioned when the Illinois General Assembly would go back into session.  There have already been changes.  The Illinois House of Representatives will only meet one day in February, the 10th.  On this day they will adopt rules to hold subject matter hearings remotely.  They will not, and should not, have hearings which will advance bills and resolutions remotely.  We will keep you updated.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 21, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 21, 2021

by Richard Pearson

By now most of you know the NRA has filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  Chapter 11 is protection from creditors, not complete bankruptcy.  The NRA has also announced it will reincorporate in Texas.  The NRA Board of Directors and Wayne LaPierre have been chastised and applauded for these moves.  I am on the applauding side of these moves.  It has been suggested many times that the NRA, which was founded and incorporated in New York State in 1871, move out of New York to a more friendly state.  It’s too bad it had to happen this way but at least it is getting done.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 14, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 14, 2021

by Richard Pearson

All through 2020 I have reported that firearm sales were skyrocketing and the final numbers prove that.  A new record of 21,000,000 background checks that resulted in firearm sales was set.  Of those 21,000,000 sales, 40% of them were to women.  African Americans purchased 58% more firearms than in any previous year.  Many of those were to African American women.  The record 21,000,000 firearm sales exceeded those during the 2016 Presidential Election by 34%.  The final tally shows there were 8,400,000 new gun owners in the United States.  The NICS check for December 2020 was 3,937,066, an all-time high once again.  For the entire year, the NICS checks were 39,695,315, as expected, another new record. This was driven by not only increased firearm sales but also background checks for concealed carry permits.  The number of firearm sales was down slightly for December but I believe that was simply because there was nothing to buy, at least, that anyone wanted. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 7, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 7, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Friday, January 8, the Illinois General Assembly will return to Springfield for Lame Duck Session.  One bill we will be watching is SB1966 which is in the Senate.  Please call your State Senator and ask them to oppose SB1966.  On Wednesday, January 13, this bill will die at noon when the 102nd General Assembly is sworn in. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 31, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 31, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The year 2020 is about to slip into history.  Many are rejoicing that 2020 is gone or soon will be, depending on when you read this.  There are many that can’t wait to see 2021 because they hope things will get better.  I think the hope that things will get better in 2021 is on tenuous footing.  Hope, as I always point out, is poor strategy.  In 2020, gun owners had a President that had their back.  Red China was at the gates of fortress USA but we had a President that was fighting them.  It looks like we will have an anti-gun President appointing advisors and Cabinet members who are anti-gun and Red China will no longer be at the gates, but in the Oval Office.  The future doesn’t look all that bright as far as I am concerned.  I think we may look back on 2020 as the good old days.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 24, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 24, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The ammunition shortage continues to be a topic that shooters are talking about.  For those of us who like to shoot in competitions, leagues, take classes, practice or just go out and plink, this is a problem.  In a recent interview with Jason Vanderbrink, president of Vista Outdoors, the company that makes Federal, CCI, Speer and now Remington, pointed out that ammunition companies are working every minute of every day to meet the demand.  These companies, and I am sure their competitors, are adding employees, machinery and space to produce enough to meet the new demand.  One of the challenges these companies face is educating and training new employees.  The making of ammunition is a precise business in the United States and those standards have to be maintained.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 17, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 17, 2020

by Richard Pearson

We are all aware of the Red Chinese influence on the United States.  The Chinese have been in the diplomatic intrigue business for thousands of years, yet we seem to underestimate them.  They pat you on the back and pick your pocket at the same time.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 10, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 10, 2020

by Richard Pearson

We have lost a true American hero.  On Monday, December 7, 2020, General Chuck Yeager passed away at the age of 97.  General Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier in level flight.  Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane to a speed of Mach 1.06.   The Bell X-1 was nicknamed The Bullet because of its shape.  It was a good name for the plane because it was designed in the shape of a .50 caliber machine gun bullet.  They just added wings and a rocket engine.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 3, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 3, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The constant question everyone is asking is where all the ammunition is.  There are all kinds of conspiracy theories out there but I don’t buy any of them at this time.  The production of ammunition is more complicated than one might assume.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 26, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 26, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, even those sneaking around having underground secret Thanksgiving dinners with family and friends - You naughty people. 

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