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Fed. judge rules Calif. waiting period violates 2A in some cases

A federal judge in California today ruled that the Golden State’s 10-day waiting period violates the Second Amendment “as applied to those individuals who successfully pass” the state’s background check prior to the ten days, and who are already in lawful possession of an additional firearm, and the Second Amendment Foundation is hailing the ruling.

It’s a significant victory for SAF and Calguns Foundation. In his 56-page ruling, Senior Judge Andrew W. Ishii of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California also noted that the waiting period violates the Second Amendment for individuals who pass the background check and who possess a valid CCW license ...

Read the whole story by Dave Workman in the Examiner. 

Posted Mon Aug 25 21:57:32 CDT 2014

Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge

An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest.

Law enforcement authorities described the man as “a model citizen” who “helped others avoid being victims” at an AT&T store outside Chicago where he witnessed the holdup. The man, whose identity was withheld from the press, prevented others from entering the store during the theft. ...

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Posted Mon Aug 25 09:15:43 CDT 2014

Shooting To Wound and Selling Popcorn - The Truth About Guns

Robert recently posted an article on a question posed to a guest by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer:

“On Thursday, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked guest [lawyer] Jeffrey Toobin why police weren’t instructed to ‘shoot to injure, instead of kill,’ reports. “Blitzer’s questions arose during a discussion on the unfurling conflict in Ferguson, Mo. over the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. ‘They often shoot to kill,’ Blitzer said of police. ‘Why do they have to shoot to kill? Why can’t they shoot a warning shot in the air, scare someone off if they think they’re in danger. Why can’t they shoot to, injure, shall we say? Why do they have to shoot to kill?’” ...

Read the whole story here  from The Truth About Guns

Posted Thu Aug 21 01:15:09 CDT 2014


Shaneen Allen is living a nightmare. The Pennsylvania resident and lawful gun owner of one week fell prey to New Jersey's strict gun laws and was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm in the state. While the single mother of two young children is facing up to three and a half years in prison, one New Jersey lawmaker is trying to correct this miscarriage of justice. Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced "Shaneen's Law," legislation that would give judges the option of not sending citizens like Shaneen Allen to prison. ...

Read the whole story and share it! here  from NRA News

Posted Wed Aug 20 11:33:42 CDT 2014

Tune in to On Target Radio this Sunday

On Target Radio this Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00 PM as Paul Schimpf will be on the show. Paul is a pro-Second Amendment candidate running against Lisa Madigan for Illinois Attorney General. This is a live, call-in show! Every Sunday evening from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. on AM560 WIND radio. Listen at ...

Read the whole story here. (external link)

Posted Thu Aug 14 10:18:19 CDT 2014

The ISRA will be having a town hall meeting to help keep members up to date with gun rights issues. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn what you can do to protect your guns from the gun grabbers.


WHERE: Diplomat West Banquet Hall, Route 83 and North Avenue, Elmhurst, IL.

DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2014

TIME: 7:00 PM

This will probably be the last town hall meeting before the upcoming elections.


Posted Sat Aug 9 09:49:46 CDT 2014

The August 8, 2014 renewal winner of the Mark III .22 pistol resides in Marseilles, IL. He has been contacted.
Thanks to all of you that participated and thanks for being a member!

Posted Fri Aug 8 16:41:22 CDT 2014

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has pulled out of an Arlington Heights, Illinois, event "after the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) rallied its members to attend and protest the event."

The event – National Night Out in North School Park – is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5.

According to the Daily Herald, a local chapter of Moms Demand applied to be "one of the 40 to 45 vendors on-site" for the event. The ISRA reacted by emailing its members and "[advising] them to call the park district to complain and then" to attend the event to counter Moms Demand.

The ISRA also asked members to alert every NRA member in the area and ask them to attend as well.

On August 4 the Moms Demand chapter emailed Arlington Heights Park District director Steven Scholten to say they had changed their minds: they will not be attending the National Night Out Event. ...

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Posted Wed Aug 6 08:44:05 CDT 2014

Illinois State Rifle Association takes first step in fighting Peoria ordinance requiring thumbprints of gun buyers

PEORIA — Gun rights advocates are taking aim at a Peoria firearms ordinance unlike any other in the state, but language that has been codified longer than any can remember may actually be a moving target.

The Illinois State Rifle Association recently surveyed its Peoria members to find out how many have had to submit a thumbprint when purchasing a firearm in the city.

Richard Pearson, executive director of the ISRA, said the survey is the first step toward unspecified action that the group wants to take to have the ordinance requiring the thumbprint repealed. ...

Read the whole story here  from Journal Star

Posted Tue Aug 5 11:10:19 CDT 2014

Grandmothers get robbed, start gun group

AURORA – Grandmothers Konnie Couch and Robin Willoughby, 52 and 57, from Aurora in Dearborn County sit next to each other in matching pink shirts and chat about their businesses, grandchildren, illnesses. And their guns.

Both women have concealed carry licenses and carry their handguns with them at all times. And they know how to use them. ...

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Posted Tue Aug 5 11:05:02 CDT 2014

Victory in Palmer v. D.C.

Justice never sleeps…. not even on a Saturday afternoon, when this opinion was just handed down ...

Read Alan Gura's comments here.  

Posted Mon Jul 28 17:25:20 CDT 2014

Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional

A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowed to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.

Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.”

Click here to read the decision.

“We won,” Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation, told Fox News in a phone interview. “I’m very pleased with the decision that the city can’t forbid the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right."

Gura said he expects the District to appeal this decision but added, “We’ll be happy to keep the fight going.” ...

Read the whole story @ Fox News. 

Posted Mon Jul 28 17:24:03 CDT 2014

ISRA Press Release:
Reason Prevails As Niles, Illinois Village Council Gives Approval To Gun Shop/Target Range Proposal

CHICAGO, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

Northwest suburban shooting sports enthusiasts breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday night as the Niles Village Council voted to approve a special use permit that would allow a retail firearm store and range to open in an industrial area of town.

Tuesday night's action marked the third time that the shop/range proposal had been voted on since first being advanced earlier this year. Initially, the shop/range proposal was approved by the Niles Planning Board and sent along to the full village council for final approval. At that time, the Niles Village Council felt that more research should be conducted by the planning board into the safety and suitability of such a facility. The proposal was voted on once again and approved by the planning board on July 7, 2014. Tuesday's vote by the full village council was the final leg in the approval process.

Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo was gracious enough to suspend protocol to allow for a public comment period prior to the council vote on the permit application. During that comment period, dozens of supporters of the shop/range proposal testified about the beneficial aspects of establishing such a facility in Niles. By contrast, a raucous group of facility opponents contributed nothing more to the discussion than a constant stream of attacks on the character, credibility and qualifications of those who support the facility. These attacks were orchestrated by the Skokie chapter of the Bloomberg Moms – a New York City based gun control group.

In the end, the special use permit garnered a majority of trustee votes, thus paving the way for construction and opening of the shop and range.

"It would be an understatement to say that the ISRA is pleased with the village council vote," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "We look forward to partnering with the operators of the new shop and range to help bring high-value training and competitive shooting opportunities to the near northwest suburbs. Such opportunities have been severely lacking in recent years and we're confident that the village council vote marks the opening of a new chapter for the shooting sports in suburban Chicago."

"I would also like to applaud the unwavering support for the facility offered by local firearm owners," continued Pearson. "Sitting through many hours of redundant and often heated testimony is not easy. I think it's also important to commend the restraint shown by our people when subjected to the in-your-face insults and personal attacks that have become the hallmark of the Bloomberg Moms group."

The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

This press release was issued on PRNewswire.  

Posted Wed Jul 23 15:34:13 CDT 2014

Posted Mon Jul 21 07:39:11 CDT 2014


The Prairie State has a long and bipartisan history of churning out elected officials who prove themselves to be utter embarrassments to the good people of Illinois.

Over the years, the 2nd Congressional District has done more than its share to uphold this tradition by giving us such luminaries as Gus Savage, Mel Reynolds and Jesse Jackson, Jr. Not satisfied with having burdened us with that trio of cartoon characters, the voters of the 2nd District have now delivered unto Congress one Robin Kelly - whose obsessive dislike for the people who own guns greatly outdoes the quirkiness of her predecessors. .

As a three-term member of the Illinois House from the south suburbs, Kelly built a reputation of having contempt for the 2nd Amendment and the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. While a member of the Illinois House, Kelly never met a gun control bill she didn't adore. In short, Kelly's tenure in the Illinois House was hallmarked by her unrelenting attacks on your constitutional rights.

Kelly seized the opportunity to advance her political career amid the chaos surrounding the dramatic and protracted exit from the House by Jesse Jackson, Jr. Kelly's Congressional aspirations were bolstered after she furiously pinned the blame for the Newtown murders on the NRA and law-abiding gun owners. Kelly's attacks on the NRA endeared her so much to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that he offered her the opportunity to sell her political soul in exchange for a $2 million campaign advertising budget. Facing the might of the gun-grabbing billionaire, Kelly's competition soon fell away, giving Kelly a landslide victory worthy of a banana republic strongman.

In the year or so since her election to Congress, Robin Kelly has been busily organizing her campaign to take your guns away from you. The fruit of Kelly's year-long endeavors is a slick 66-page tome on the evils of private firearm ownership self-servingly entitled "The Kelly Report." Although we're all sure that Kelly would like to take credit for all the gun-grabbery that spews forth from the report, most of what is contained within is merely a rehashing of 45 years' worth of attempts to crush the 2nd Amendment.

Like any good politician, Robin Kelly knows how valuable a joke is in softening up the audience. The foreword to "The Kelly Report" is no exception. In her opening remarks, Kelly assures us that, "...the Kelly Report is NOT a manifesto against guns or gun owners. Let me be clear: I am not anti-gun. I am pro common sense." So says Kelly but we must wonder if many on the report's list of "Contributors" would admit to such a stance. We think not. But, then again, it's a safe bet that Kelly's brand of "common sense" would dictate that private firearm ownership be abolished.

If there is any doubt among you as to what Kelly has in mind for law-abiding gun owners, let's put it to rest right here. Let's examine the "gun safety" proposals contained in "The Kelly Report" and examine their effect on private firearm ownership. Keep in mind that Kelly asserts that her report achieves, "... striking the right balance between protecting our Second Amendment rights and promoting public safety by keeping guns out of the wrong hands." Kelly has the audacity to claim that you, the law-abiding gun owner, has no reason to oppose the proposals contained in her report. Well, let's take a look at Kelly's proposals from her report and see how many gun owners will subscribe to them.

1. Kelly: "Establish Universal Background Checks." Us: We all know this is a red herring that should be entitled, "Universal Licensing, Registration and Confiscation." Criminals are more than willing to risk violating a background check law on their way to committing bigger, more heinous crimes.

2. Kelly: "Reauthorize the Federal Assault Weapons Ban." Us: In other words, ban and confiscate about 90% of the firearms owned by civilians. Does Kelly really believe this is something that gun owners will support?

3. Kelly: "Require Ammunition Sellers to Obtain a License." Us: What Kelly really means to say is, "Let's make ammunition more expensive and impossible to buy."

4. Kelly: "Regulate Guns Like Other Potentially Dangerous Consumer Products." Us: Kelly wants to turn jurisdiction over guns to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. You know...the same folks who gave us lawnmowers with those gizmos and gadgets stuck all over them.

5. Kelly: "Help the ATF Track Straw Purchase Data." Us: See #1 above.

6. Kelly: "Expand the Federal Definition of 'Intimate Partner'" Us: First off, what business does the federal government have in defining who you are "intimate" with? This proposal would essentially allow anyone to whom you've ever said, "hello" to file an order to have your guns taken away from you.

7. Kelly: "Keep Guns From High Risk Individuals." Us: In essence, "Keep guns from anyone who doesn't fit Robin Kelly's definition of 'normal.'"

8. Kelly: "Examine Gun Violence as a Matter of Public Heath." Us: In other words, dump tons of taxpayer dollars into schemes to repeal the 2 nd Amendment.

9. Kelly: "Promote the Tracing of Firearms Used in Criminal Activity." Us: See #1 above.

10. Kelly: "Waive Gun Manufacturer Liability Exemption" Us: Does Kelly really believe that gun owners will support legislation that would allow anti-gun crackpots to sue gun manufacturers out of existence?

11. Kelly: "Repeal Stand Your Ground Laws." Us: Um, yes...let's make sure that muggers, murderers, robbers and rapists meet no resistance.

12. Kelly:" Develop a Firearm Restraining Order Petition Process." Us: Yes, let that idiot sister-in-law of yours swear out a warrant to have your guns taken away.

13. Kelly: "Expand Domestic Violence Statutes to Include Stalking and other Dangerous Activity." Us: Just another excuse to progressively expand the envelope of 'dangerous activity' and increase the opportunities for firearm forfeiture.

14. Kelly: "Require Physicians to Ask Child-Wellness Questions to Pro­mote Home Safety." Us: This is just another move towards the day when the government comes to your door and tells you that you can keep your kids or your guns, but you can't keep both.

15. Kelly: "Increase Academic Research on the Costs of Gun Violence." Us: See #8 above.

16. Kelly: "Invest in Smart Gun Technologies." Us: If gun owners wanted this technology, then they'd be clamoring for it, but they're not. We don't need the government telling us what kinds of guns we should buy or not buy.

As if "The Kelly Report" wasn't enough to convince everyone that Robin Kelly is a bit off kilter, the Children's Firearm Marketing Safety Act just might. Introduced by Kelly to the Congress earlier this week, the bill would essentially prohibit anyone under 18 from participating in the shooting sports. Manufacturers could not make guns sized to young people's dimensions. Advertising would be restricted from promoting shooting products or events for young people and young people could not appear on any advertising intended for young shooters. Through this bill, Kelly wants to prevent young people from ever acquiring an interest in shooting which, in turn, would lead to fewer adult shooters in the years ahead. Kelly wants to choke off interest in the 2nd Amendment.

It's doubtful that the Children's Firearm Marketing Safety Act or many of the recommendations contained in "The Kelly Report" will ever become law. In the mean time, we will be forced to endure the antics of Kelly and the other activists under Bloomberg's wing. It's a given that Kelly's proposals will become more and more bizarre as time goes on.

Just because Robin Kelly is eccentric doesn't mean she's not dangerous. Under the right circumstances, Kelly's offbeat proposals could gain traction in the U.S. House. It's important that firearm owners keep an eye on Kelly and continually challenge her attacks on the right to keep and bear arms. ...

Posted Mon Jul 21 07:39:10 CDT 2014

Dem Bill Bans Use of Cartoon Characters to Market Guns

A freshman Democrat is proposing a ban on the use of cartoon characters to sell guns, and a ban firearm branded merchandise for children such as hats, t-shirts and stuffed animals.

The Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act from Rep. Robin Kelly, an Illinois Democrat, reflects the growing feeling among those on the left that guns should not be marketed to children. Many Democrats argue that the marketing of guns to children is contributing to the shooting death of children across the country. ...

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Posted Fri Jul 18 10:40:04 CDT 2014

Gun Rights Policy Conference - Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms - in Chicago!

Come meet national gun rights leaders and your fellow grassroots activists at the 29th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC 2014) in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Airport on September 26, 27, & 28, 2014. This is your once-a-year chance to network, get an insider’s look and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year.

Past GRPCs have outlined victory plans and made public the latest firearms trends. They allow you a first-hand chance to hear movement leaders–and make your voice heard. ...

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Posted Fri Jul 18 10:33:42 CDT 2014

Action Alert: Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2014

Pheasants Forever supports making tax incentives for conservation easements permanent.

On Thursday, July 17, the U.S. House will vote on whether to make tax incentives for conservation easements permanent. Your action today could help propel this legislation, which if enacted this year could mean thousands of more acres of upland habitat conserved for pheasants, quail and other wildlife.

To ensure tax incentives are made permanent, please ask your representatives to vote yes​ on the charitable incentives package, which includes the Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2014 (H.R. 2807). ...

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Posted Thu Jul 17 08:53:59 CDT 2014


The Niles Village Council will soon take a final vote on whether to allow a gun shop and pistol range to open in the village. The application for the permit to open the range was voted on earlier this summer and approved by the Planning Board by a 6:1 vote.

However, gun control extremists led by the BLOOMBERG MOMS convinced the village council to force the Planning Board to take a second vote on the proposal. The objective of the BLOOMBERG MOMS was to have the gun shop and range SHUT DOWN IN COMMITTEE.

The second vote of the Planning Board on July 7th found in favor of the shop and range by a 5:2 margin. The BLOOMBERG MOMS browbeat a female board member into voting against gun rights.


The supporters of the gun shop and pistol range desperately need your support to help push this proposal through the Village Board. Lawful gun owners cannot allow the BLOOMBERG MOMS to undermine lawful commerce in firearms or the operation of safe shooting facilities.


1. Attend the Niles Village Council meeting and enthusiastically defend your right to keep and bear arms.

2. Post this alert to any and all Internet bulletin boards or blogs to which you belong.

3. Pass this alert on to all your gun owning friends and relatives – tell them to go to Niles also.

WHAT: Niles Illinois Village Council Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 7 PM (be there at 6:15 to get a good seat)

WHERE: Niles Council Chambers, 1000 Civic Center Drive, Niles, IL


Posted Thu Jul 17 08:37:49 CDT 2014

The ISRA office will be closed on July 22, 2014 for electrical updates.

Posted Fri Jul 11 10:06:22 CDT 2014


Midwest Sporting Goods in Lyons, IL will be celebrating "Glock Day" on Saturday, July 12th.

Glock Day will be a great opportunity for you to try out all the new Glocks designed for everything from concealed carry to combat competition. The Glock Factory Representative will be on hand from 10:00 AM til 5:00 PM to answer any questions you may have about Glock pistols.

There will be a gun raffle and other give-aways for those who attend. Special pricing will be available on Glock pistols that day as well. Admission and parking are free but there is a nominal charge for ammunition if you test shoot a Glock pistol.

Midwest Sporting Goods is located at 8565 Plainfield Road, Lyons, IL (708) 447-4848.

See you all on Saturday!

Posted Fri Jul 11 09:24:00 CDT 2014



The ISRA will be holding an NRA “Women on Target” Pistol Clinic in late July at the Association’s range in Bonfield, IL.

The purpose of the clinic is to provide women – especially newcomers – a solid understanding of firearm safety along with a firm foundation in marksmanship principles. Every woman who attends this program will leave a more confident, more skilled pistol shooter.

This is a women-only event. The only men who will participate will be instructors and range safety officers.

Here are the particulars:

DATE: Saturday, July 26, 2014 TIME: Registration begins at 8:30 AM with class starting at 9:00 SHARP. Class ends at 3:30 PM LOCATION: ISRA Range, 1589N 7000W Road (Warner Bridge Road), Bonfield, IL 60913. The range is located about midway between Routes 113 and 17 on Warner Bridge Road.

COST: $55 per person including lunch and ammunition ($5 service fee charged for cancellations)





To sign up, call Lori at (815) 635-3198 Application Deadline: Close of Business on July 11th


Posted Thu Jul 10 08:26:29 CDT 2014


The shrill voice of extremism echoed through the halls of the Niles Community Center on Monday night as the Bloomberg Moms tried without success to block a special use permit that would allow a pistol range and gun shop to open in an industrial area of the village.

In the end, the voice of reason prevailed with the zoning commission sending the application ahead to the full village council by a 5-2 vote.

Of the 250 or so people who packed the community center meeting room, about 75% appeared to be in favor of permitting the shop/range. What the Moms lacked in numbers they made up for with nonsense. It wasn’t good enough for the Moms to spout their familiar and tired repertoire of unsubstantiated claims against private firearms ownership. No, the Moms sunk to new depths – launching a campaign of lies and innuendo about the qualifications and character of the entrepreneurs seeking to open the shop/range facility.

On the other hand, supporters of the shop/range proposal testified with facts showing that the range and gun shop would be a great benefit to the community in terms of educational opportunities, jobs and tax revenues. Supporters of the proposal also debunked the Moms’ claim that the opening of the shop/range facility would endanger school children in the village.

Anyone in attendance at the meeting Monday night received an excellent lesson in what the Moms are truly all about. Once the Moms began testifying, it became abundantly clear that they believe that government should be shutting down ranges and shops – not allowing for the opening of new facilities. It was evident that, even if this range was being proposed for opening on a desert island, the Moms would rise in protest. The Moms proved themselves once again to be one of those groups that hate guns and the people who own them. It was evident to all who attended the meeting that the Moms are less interested in stemming so-called “gun violence” and more interested in abolishing your right to keep and bear arms.

Thanks go out to all of the supporters who turned out in Niles on Monday night. The great show of support was appreciated by the entrepreneurs who have applied for the special use permit to open the shop/range. However, this was just one of many battles that must be won if the shop is to open. The next milestone is winning approval of the full village council. The date for that vote has not been set. When the ISRA learns of the date, an alert containing instructions will be distributed.

Posted Tue Jul 8 13:14:56 CDT 2014

The Ruger .380 renewal drawing winner is from Crete, IL, and has been contacted.

Posted Tue Jul 8 13:14:07 CDT 2014

ISRA Press Release:
Unfair Actions Against Firearm Retailers Prove Expensive To Municipalities

CHICAGO, July 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

Municipalities planning to inhibit the lawful commerce in firearms, ammunition and accessories had better think twice in light of a ruling against the City of Chicago handed down by a federal judge last Thursday. In that ruling, the judge ordered Chicago to reimburse nearly $1 million in legal fees to plaintiffs in a lawsuit decided against the city in 2010. The case in question struck down the city's ban on the operation of gun shops and target ranges within city limits.

The judge's decision to award reimbursement of legal fees in the Chicago case comes just days before the Niles, Illinois Village Council will rule on whether to approve a proposal to establish and operate a gun shop and target range in the village's industrial area. The village zoning board had earlier approved the proposal but pressure from a New York City based gun control group caused the Village Council to reconsider the proposal. The full Niles Village Council will take the matter up on Monday, July 7th.

"Bans on gun shops and ranges will prove to be expensive propositions for municipalities," said ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "Gun control groups ride into town and bully public officials into passing unconstitutional ordinances then quickly leave town before the legal trouble begins. When the smoke clears, the municipality is left footing the bill and the gun controllers are nowhere to be seen."

"The Niles Village Council should ponder well Chicago's experience," continued Pearson. "Jeopardizing the village's bank balance so that some out-of-state gun control group can put a mark on the wall is not good public policy. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel could have patched a lot of potholes with the million bucks he has to pay out."

The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

This press release was issued on PRNewswire.  (external link)

Posted Sat Jul 5 10:32:40 CDT 2014

Press Release:
ISRA Puts Full Support Behind Proposed Niles, Illinois Gun Shop & Range

CHICAGO, July 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

The ISRA announced today that the association fully supports the proposed opening of a gun shop and pistol range in a shuttered Niles, IL industrial building. At the same time, the ISRA is categorizing claims by gun control groups that gun shops and ranges pose a danger to the community as being, "unsubstantiated nonsense."

"The notion that school kids are somehow placed in jeopardy by gun shops is a red herring fabricated by extremists within the gun control movement," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "Their goal is to whip up baseless fear among residents so as to build opposition to the proposed gun shop. There is absolutely no evidence out there that even remotely connects target ranges or gun retailers with violence against children. People who shoot up schoolhouses do it because they are crazy – not because there is a pistol range in the neighborhood."

"The fact of the matter is that those who are opposed to the Niles shop/range have a deep-seated dislike for guns and the people who own them," continued Pearson. "Gun controllers will stop at nothing to interfere with the right of the law-abiding citizen to freely exercise their Second Amendment rights. Telling outright lies about target ranges to prey on the fears of well-meaning parents is a hallmark of the gun control movement."

"The ISRA will be watching the July 7th Niles Village Board meeting very closely," said Pearson. "We trust that, when the topic of the gun shop/range is brought up for a vote that night, the Niles Village Board will ignore the lies of the gun controllers and treat the applicants with impartiality. We will carefully examine any board decision that appears to be an arbitrary rejection of the gun shop/range promoters' zoning application."

As part of its on-going effort to educate citizens in the workings of government, the ISRA has requested that firearm owners in the Niles area attend the village board meeting which commences at 7:00 PM at the Niles Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Drive, Niles.

The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

This press release was issued on PRNewswire.  

Posted Sat Jul 5 10:30:31 CDT 2014



Officials to Accommodate Applicants Without Computer Access

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced today that an alternative application option to apply for a Concealed Carry License (CCL) is now available for those individuals without computer access.

Applicants can contact the ISP Firearms Services (FSB) Customer Service Center phone line at (217) 782-7980 and provide a FSB call taker with the same CCL application information that is currently required through the CCL on-line process.

The FSB call taker will need the applicants full name, any previous names, date of birth, drivers license number or state ID, Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card number, current mailing address, ten years of previous address history, fingerprint Transaction Control Number (TCN) (which is optional), training instructors name and the Concealed Carry Trainers Identification (CCTID) number. Applicants should have this information readily available prior to calling the FSB Customer Service Center phone line.

Upon validation of the FOID number and driver’s license or identification card, payment in the form of credit card or electronic check will be needed and securely processed by the FSB call taker.

Once the CCL telephone application interview is completed and payment confirmed, the applicant will receive the application in the mail. Upon receipt, the applicant must review the application for accuracy, initial all required areas, answer the background check questions, and sign and date the application. The applicant must also attach a 2 inch by 2 inch headshot photo (shoulder to head) taken within the last 30 days and provide all required training certificates.

The completed application, photo, and training certificates must be returned to the ISP through the U.S. Postal Service before the application will be processed and a license issued.

The Illinois State Police is providing this alternative method to ensure that the public has options to participate in the CCL application process and to ensure turnaround times are met in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

To date, more than 78,000 CCL applications have been submitted and more than 60,000 are active across Illinois.

ISP continues to encourage the public to use the on-line CCL application option when possible for the most efficient processing method.

Completed CCL applications, photo and required training certificates can be mailed to:

The Illinois State Police Attn: CCL Application 801 South 7th Street, 400M Springfield, Il 62704

Posted Mon Jun 30 13:05:48 CDT 2014


THE BIG ANTI-GUNNER LIE: "gun shops and ranges are dangerous launching points for armed attacks on schools, malls and the elderly."

SITUATION: A team of entrepreneurs is attempting to construct and operate a gun shop and pistol range in Niles, Illinois. The purpose of the range and gun shop would be to better serve law-abiding firearm owners in the northwest suburbs. The shop and range proposal has already passed out of committee by a 6-1 vote. However, the proposal must be passed by the full village council in order for the range to open.

THREAT: A Chicago-based extremist gun control group affiliated with the Bloomberg Moms is attempting to block the construction and operation of the range and gun shop in Niles. Backed by $50 million in Bloomberg's anti-gun war chest, the Moms are threatening political harm to local officials who support the proposed gun shop and range. This is part of a nationwide effort by the Moms to abolish private firearm ownership by shutting down all ranges and gun shops. If you care about freedom, you must help stop these radical gun-haters here and now.

ACTION REQUIRED: The Niles Village Board will be meeting soon to vote on whether or not the range will be allowed. It's vitally important that you be there during the vote to show your support for the range. The Bloomberg Moms will certainly be there to attack the 2nd Amendment and demand that your gun rights be taken away from you. You need to be there, in Niles, to stand up and defend your rights along with the rights of millions of other Americans.

Date: Monday, July 7,2014 Time: 7:00 PM (be there by 6:15 to get a good seat) Location: Niles Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Drive, Niles, IL 60714

PREPAREDNESS: The Bloomberg Moms are determined radicals who will go to great lengths to attack you and the 2nd Amendment. Be prepared vigorously defend your rights. Do not let these people get the upper hand in the meeting - actively challenge any attack on your right to keep and bear arms. There is no compromise. There is no common ground. It's all or nothing in support of our Constitution!

Remember, only you can stop the antigunners. If you don't stand up to them now, it may be all over. ...

Posted Mon Jun 30 09:11:26 CDT 2014

Facing court order, City Council votes to allow gun shops

Under the gun to satisfy a federal judge, the City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow gun shops, but keep them out of most neighborhoods and require them to videotape every sale to prevent straw purchases.

“If it was up to me as the person who helped establish the Brady bill, the five-day waiting period and the assault weapons ban, I wouldn’t take this step,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the 48-to-0 vote.

“But given that we’re under court order, we decided we’d take the six months to come up with a way of designing an ordinance that meets the judge’s requirements, but also does not undermine public safety.” ...

Read the whole story here  from Chicago Sun Times

Posted Fri Jun 27 13:40:30 CDT 2014

WATCH: CTA Bus Driver Confiscates Gun, Kicks Rider Off Bus

(CBS) — A video posted on the Facebook page, “People of the CTA,” shows a bus driver confiscating a gun and kicking at least one person off his bus last week, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

The video shows the CTA bus driver as he’s successfully broken up a fight. As one young man moves toward the exit, the driver finds a handgun on the floor.

“I’m glad he picked up the gun and everything happened as it did because who knows what would’ve happened if the kid had picked up the gun himself,” said Juan Ortega. ...

Read the whole story here

Posted Wed Jun 25 10:09:49 CDT 2014

Emanuel pushes gun control while Chicago runs red

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this month insisted that his brand of gun control should spread nationwide, but this past weekend’s Windy City body count – with six dead and more than 20 wounded, according to this morning’s Chicago Sun Times – does not instill public faith in his strategy.

In the eyes of gun rights advocates, Emanuel is just one more gun prohibitionist whose ideas have no foundation in reality. Indeed, as this column has reported recently, prominent gun control advocates have admitted that their ideas don’t work. ...

Read the whole story here  by Dave Workman,

Posted Mon Jun 23 13:50:44 CDT 2014

Highland Park's legal tab for gun ban lawsuit reaches $90,000

The City of Highland Park spent $90,000 in legal fees defending its assault weapons ban against a court challenge during the first three months of 2014.

The suit was filed by Highland Park pediatrician Arie Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association in mid December, a few days before the city’s deadline for gun owners to turn in, or render inoperable, any firearms and ammunition magazines considered “assault weapons” under the ordinance.

Legal bills obtained from the city through a Freedom of Information request show the city’s law firm of Holland & Knight logged more than 300 hours of time on the case between January and March at a cost of $89,887. As of April 1, though, the meter stopped running, because the case was turned over to the firm of Perkins Coie, which has agreed to defend the city pro bono.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has filed an amicus, or “friend of the court” brief on the city’s behalf. The case could go to trial in late October. ...

Read the whole story here

Posted Tue May 13 19:57:37 CDT 2014

Firsthand Look at the IL Concealed Carry Licensing Process

by Valinda Rowe - IllinoisCarry spokesperson
Mike Rowe - IllinoisCarry
Richard Pearson - Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle Association

The implementation of the Illinois Concealed Carry licensing process is an involved and complicated undertaking tasked to the Illinois State Police. Having worked with the ISP for a smooth roll out of the new licenses, an invitation was extended to Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association and Mike and Valinda Rowe of IllinoisCarry to view firsthand the concealed carry licensing process.

ISP Deputy Director Col. Marc Maton has headed up the project and has been very diligent in ensuring that goals and deadlines were met on time.  He and members of his staff and the Firearm Services Bureau took us through each step of the license application process.

First, the application is scrutinized for proper documentation and errors.  The most common mistake by licensees are failure to sign the training certificate or submitting the wrong training certificate.  Other common errors include entering ‘O’s instead of zeroes or zeroes for ‘O’s, double spacing between first and last names, and uploading a photo that does not meet the head and shoulders requirement.  Any of these errors will require a correction made by the licensee.  If an email address was submitted with the application, an email is sent out with instructions to correct the mistake.  However, if an email address was not submitted then a letter must be sent through the mail which creates a delay in the application process.

Once the application is deemed complete it is entered into the database that is available to local law enforcement who then have 30 days to submit an objection if they have information that would indicate the applicant is a danger to themselves or others.  The application is also routed to the department tasked with doing the background checks.  The applicant’s identification information or fingerprint number is entered into the computer system which has the ability to check multiple agencies at once.  At any point during these steps, if an indication appears that the applicant has a prohibiting factor in their history, their application may be denied or if the prohibiting factor is in question, the application can be sent to the ISP concealed carry review board for further scrutiny.

When an application is approved it is routed to the printer, an amazingly impressive hi-tech piece of equipment which pretty much fills a room by itself. At one end, blank cards with only the color scheme are stacked in a tray. Each card travels along a track where the color photo, license information, and a hologram is applied via multiple spools of mylar. Simultaneously, the same piece of equipment begins printing the letter which will accompany the license, shoots a dab of glue on the card and matches the card and letter via a barcode, attaches the card to the letter, tri-folds the paper, inserts the letter into a windowed envelope, and finally glues it closed.  All that is left to do is add postage.  The machine and technology is very impressive.

Many things stood out to us during the tour.  First of all, we found the team of people charged with issuing the licenses to be a hardworking, dedicated team who have a goal and are working hard to meet that goal.  The people we talked with were open to our questions and appear to take great pride in their part of the process.  Col. Maton, seems to have set the tone for the department by establishing the goals and deadlines which has made it possible for the ISP to begin issuing thousands of carry licenses before the deadlines mandated by the new law.

Our members can be proud of the hardworking, dedicated staff under Col. Maton’s leadership who are doing exactly what they were tasked with doing, especially with the difficulties of a start up operation of this magnitude.  It is our expectation that as they continue forward, the licensing process will become even more streamlined and proficient.  Our hats are off to the ISP on this aspect of the new concealed carry law and we appreciate their tireless efforts in this process.

We would like to thank:

ISP Deputy Director, Col. Maton

Asst. Deputy Dir., Lt. Col. Matt Davis

Chief of Staff, Lt. Felix Canizares

Staff Ofc. of Information and Technology , Sgt. Gary Clark

Firearms Services Bureau Chief, Ms. Jessica Trame

Asst. Chief, CCL Unit, Master Sgt. Jennifer Radosevic

The card printer technical team

Posted Mon Mar 10 21:51:20 CST 2014



Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder charges. Ammunition with double powder charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable. ...

Read the whole story here  Winchester Corporation

Posted Wed Feb 5 16:25:12 CST 2014

Inside look: CCL Instruction in Chicago

Interest in gun ownership has been growing across the country. The FBI conducted more than 21 million background checks of potential gun buyers in 2013, the most since the system was put into place in 1998. In Illinois 1.7 million people currently have firearm owner identification cards issued by the state police, including more than 150,000 in Chicago, up 30 percent since 2011.

Illinois, and Chicago in particular, has historically had some of the most restrictive gun regulations in the country—from 1982 until 2010 it was illegal to possess a handgun in the city—but the laws are changing. Last July, under orders from a federal court, the General Assembly passed a law making Illinois the 50th state to allow residents to carry firearms in public. The state police began accepting conceal-and-carry permit applications in late December, and by late January nearly 33,000 had been approved pending background checks. Residents from rural areas downstate have signed up at the highest rates, but nearly a fourth of the applications came from Cook County.

Vernon has been a firearm owner and activist for decades, but he doesn't fit the stereotype of a gun nut. He's a middle-class African-American who lives on Chicago's south side. A former university administrator, he's studied civil rights history for decades. A framed photo of Malcolm X hangs in the living room of his modest home. He voted against Mitt Romney in the last presidential election—though he can't quite bring himself to admit that he cast a ballot for President Obama. ...

Read the whole story in the Chicago Reader. 

Posted Tue Feb 4 12:02:04 CST 2014

Chicago metro area: Police object to very few concealed carry applications

Even though local police departments can object when they believe applicants for concealed carry permits pose a threat to the public, less than 1 percent of the 33,631 applications in Illinois have been challenged, according to figures released Thursday.

A state licensing board composed of a former judge, two former prosecutors, three former FBI agents and a psychiatry professor will consider the 236 objections that police have filed since the new concealed carry law took effect this year ...

Read the whole story in the Sun Times. 

Posted Tue Feb 4 11:58:39 CST 2014



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