A-Black Powder
NRA Day at the Range
Many new shooters assembled at the ISRA Open House. Some received instruction shooting a muzzle loading pistol for the first time. Look below to see contributor Mike Lyon's latest article, posted January 13!
A-iGold-Demonstration
Illinois gun owners poured into the streets Springfield for Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD)in 2014. Why should I join ISRA? Bcause there is POWER in numbers. Remember when Concealed Carry was just a dream? Look below to see ISRA lobbyist, Maureen Mulhall's newest article posted December 10th.
Education - Range Shooing
It happens once a year at the ISRA Open House, also known as NRA Day. Many shooters, some of whom have never handled a firearm, enjoy hands on instruction with certified trainers. Look below to see contributor Kristen Monroe's latest article posted January 5!
The Largest Shooting Event in the Country
Education - Women on Target
The ISRA Women On Target
So with the opportunity to “bust some clays” at a NRA Women on Target shotgun shooting skills class, do you think she’d say no? No chance. Look below to read Masaad Ayoob's latest article posted January 6!
Hard Dog Day at the Range
Hard Dog Day at the Range
Junior Rifle Teams practice for the National matches at the ISRA Range in Bonfield. Look below to read Don Bekeleski's latest commentary posted December 11th!
ISRA Headline News

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 22, 2015

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message
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George Linhart

January 15, 2015

It is my sad duty to report George Linhart, a past president of the Illinois State Rifle Association (1962-1963), passed away on January 1, 2015.  George was a family man and a friend of many.  He retired as a pharmacist.  Shooting sports was his game.  He participated at Camp Perry in the National Championships and other noted rifle venues.  George was a dedicated participant.  His name is engraved on numerous prestigious trophies.  He was a competitive Master Rifleman in the small bore rifle discipline and garnered the coveted Distinguished medal in high power rifle and the President’s 100 club.  George was a stalwart member of the Bell Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. as were his daughters.  He resided at the Wheaton Convalescent Center in Wheaton, Illinois these past years.  His memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, February 15, 2015.  George would be 87 years of age.
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2014 Year-End Membership Drive

January 12, 2015

The first prize winners of the Henry Silver Eagle .22 Rifles are from Quincy and Belleville, Illinois.  All other prizes are being shipped/mailed to the winners.  Thank you for your participation!
Author: Lori (Admin)
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 15, 2015

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message
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The Brilliant and Daring Bandit of the Wabash

The Brilliant and Daring Bandit of the Wabash

by Mike Lyons

He was a failed country school teacher, a menacing loner who claimed he’d once eyed the ministry as a congenial career option. 
Author: Mike Lyons
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You Bet I Am!

You Bet I Am!

By Don Bekeleski

YOU BET I AM!

Wow, sounds like a real positive answer. I am praying that this will be the response of everyone that is asked, “Are you going to IGOLD in March”? It seems that a lot of our members plus regular gun owners have seemed to put a stop on the gusto we created two years ago of eight to nine thousand people. The enemy attacks when the opposition seems to be weakening!

Just because we have concealed carry doesn’t mean the fight is over. We need a bonafide castle Doctrine like the other states have. Someone forcefully breaks in your house—you may use deadly force—armed or not. That helps stop break in’s where the law is totally on your side.
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 8, 2015

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message
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Alabama School Goes With Canned Answer to Active Shooters

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:46:38 +0000

Valley, Alabama-Officials in this small town in Alabama have decided that they have the answer to active shooters on school grounds. The principal at W.F. Burns Middle School has come up with a plan for students and faculty to fight back if an active shooter comes on to their campus. I’m sure that you are wondering, what they have armed their students with? Beans, yams, fruit and soup. No, they aren’t trying to feed the shooter to death, they are teaching the students and faculty to throw the cans at the shooter. I’m not making this up—they are going to...

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The Invasiveness of New Jersey’s Gun Permitting Process

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:24:23 +0000

I wonder, when the Tenth Amendment was ratified, limiting the powers of the Federal government, whether it ever occurred to anyone that the States would themselves become more abusive to the people than the Federal government, as is the case with gun control.  There are, or course, states that respect the rights of its citizens in this respect, such as Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Idaho.  And those that have absolutely no respect for the rights of law abiding citizens, such as: California, New Jersey, Massachusetts and especially New York.  As seven of the ten states with the harshest gun control...

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Dr. Martin Luther King and the 2A; Pacifist or Pragmatist?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:54:36 +0000

Dr. Martin Luther King would have been 86 years old on the 15th of this month. His life was one of service and fighting for a cause bigger than him. While many people at that time vehemently disagreed with his thoughts and ideas, today he is revered or at least respected by most Americans.  I, of course, do not presume to speak for everyone as I am sure that there are some who, to this day, do not like what he stood for, or see flaws in his moral character. Those flaws existed, of course, as do flaws in all...

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Shot Show 2015

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:26:06 +0000

 SHOT Show is upon us, and for those of us who work “in the industry”, we could not be more excited.  For those of you who do not know, the shooting, hunting, and outdoors trade show, known simply as “SHOT”, is a yearly trade show being held in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.  Since SHOT is not open to the general public, one must be involved in the industry in some manner (and give proof) to attend.  Once one obtains their pass, the doors to the largest trade show of its kind is opened up to people not only nationwide, but...

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Universal Background Checks: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:46:38 +0000

I read an interesting quote the other day. It comes from a Ms. Turner of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She said, “Most people agree that universal background checks are a good idea. Most people agree that they don’t want to see someone walking down the street with a semi-automatic weapon.” I want to focus on universal background checks. A loophole is by definition an ambiguity in the law. For example, we often times will speak of loopholes in the tax code and we are referring to ways that the ultra-rich or those who are in-the-know can get...

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