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.
Only a small number of pistols appear to be affected, but Ruger is asking owners of Ruger-57 pistols to perform a routine function check of the safety lever.
Thanks to all who purchased raffle tickets for Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) 2021. The drawing was held May 4, 2021, at ISRA Headquarters. The winning ticket numbers are below:
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.
Chatsworth, IL – White County Resident Judge T. Scott Webb has ruled Illinois’s FOID card law unconstitutional, paving the way for the Illinois Supreme Court to take up the issue, according to Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
The case is The People of Illinois vs. Vivian Claudine Brown. In March of 2017, Brown was accused of possessing a firearm without a FOID card. In dismissing the charges against Brown, Judge Webb also ruled the FOID card unconstitutional.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) State Director, Colleen Callahan has officially notified the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) that the US Open Trapshooting Tournament (June 2-6) and The Grand American and AIM Youth Championships (July 30-August 14) will be allowed to take place at IDNR's World Shooting and Recreational Complex (Sparta, IL) this year.