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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 13, 2020

by Richard Pearson

A few weeks ago, I reported on the misuse of Colorado’s Red Flag law.  If you recall, Officer Phil Morris stopped 19-year-old Jeremy Holmes who was acting erratically; Holmes pulled a hunting knife on the officer Morris.  Holmes was told to drop the knife 36 times.  Officer Morris was going to draw his taser but Holmes attacked.  Officer Morris shot and killed Holmes.  Holmes’ mother, Susan Holmes, filed an extreme risk order of protection (ERPO) against Morris, using Colorado’s Red Flag law.  The whole incident was caught on the officer’s bodycam.  Prior to Susan Holmes filing the ERPO, Morris’s shooting of Holmes was ruled justified.  This ERPO, of course, raised holy heck with Officer Morris’s life, as it would with anyone.  The good news is that Susan Holmes was arrested on perjury charges and is in the Larimer County Jail.  I hope they throw the book at her and give the maximum penalty.  There is no due process in these Red Flag laws.  You are guilty until proven innocent.  At some point, I expect these laws will go before the United States Supreme Court and be declared unconstitutional.  Of course, thousands of people will have their lives ruined before that happens.  


One part of the anti-gunner’s strategy to destroy the Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding citizens is to make firearms difficult if not impossible, to purchase.  One of the ways to do that is to crush firearm dealers by making rules so complicated it is impossible to comply.  The latest Emergency Rules are a good example.  The FFL Dealers are required to have a disaster plan.  Here is the definition of a disaster that comes from the Emergency Rules.


“Disaster” means an occurrence or threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or technological cause, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, hazardous materials spill, or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage, epidemic, air contamination, blight, extended periods of severe and inclement weather, drought, infestation, critical shortages of essential fuels and energy, explosion, riot, hostile military or paramilitary action, public health emergencies, or acts of domestic or cyber terrorism.


These FFL Dealers are normal everyday people.  They may be excellent firearm dealers but they do not and could not have the resources to write a disaster plan, particularly one that is this all-encompassing as the one in the Emergency Rules.  

The Illinois State Police has 21 State Police Districts in the State, each with a district headquarters, not to mention the ISP Academy and headquarters in Springfield.  It seems to me that they should have a disaster plan that encompasses the very same things that the dealers need.  Let’s see their disaster plans.  I would love to see their plans for blight and infestations.  Infestations of what?  The dreaded donut beetle perhaps?  These rules are the very definition of government overreach.   

The Bloomberg threat to the Second Amendment must not be underestimated.  Bloomberg has offices in 50 states with 2100 workers, at last report.  Bloomberg just dumped $250,000 into our neighbor, Iowa, on a single issue.  I am sure he will continue to expand everywhere in both personnel, advertising and money.  While Bloomberg says he is running for President, I believe it is only a ruse to gain a wider publicity for his anti-gun stances.  His Super Bowl ads pushed his wacky brand of gun control.  Be very wary of Michael Bloomberg.


The annual GAT Guns Factory Shoot will be held on March 14th & 15th.  This will be a chance for customers to meet factory representatives and demo guns from each company. Check it out at https://www.gatguns.com/factory-shoot/.

Join us on April 1st at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield for our annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD).  This event is open to all Second Amendment supporters!  We encourage hunting and shooting clubs to sponsor a bus in your area.  Please let us know if you are interested so we can make arrangements for bus parking with the City of Springfield.  We hope to see YOU there!

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New Berlin Gun Show
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Dates: February 15 & 16, 2020
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $5.00

McHenry County Gun Show
McHenry County Fairgrounds – Woodstock, IL
Date: February 16, 2020
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Bloomington Gun & Knife Show
Interstate Center – Bloomington, IL
Dates: February 22 & 23, 2020
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Admission: $6.00

Diamond Gun & Sportsman’s Show
Diamond Banquet Hall – Diamond, IL
Dates: February 22 & 23, 2020
Hours: Saturday: 8:00-3:00
           Sunday: 8:00-2:00
Admission: $5.00

Mattoon Gun & Knife Show
Cross Country Mall – Mattoon, IL
Dates: March 7 & 8, 2020
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Admission: $6.00

Kane County Sportsman’s Show
Kane County Fairgrounds – St Charles, IL
Date: March 8, 2020
Hours: Sunday – 7:30-1:30
Admission: $7.00

 

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