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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

by Richard Pearson

In our FOID application case, Bradley V. Kelly, we have been denied our Preliminary Injunction.  We have a couple of actions we can take and we are weighing our options at this time.  In our second FOID appeal case, Thomas v. Kelly, the judge denied a motion to dismiss brought by the State.  We will be moving forward on this case.  Other cases are waiting at this moment.  I will let you know as soon as something happens.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Every once in a while, there is a bright spot in our day.  One of those bright spots popped last week in the form of a court ruling.  U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, California, struck down California’s so-called assault weapons ban declaring it unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was brought by Jim Miller et al.  The et al includes other California residents, Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, California Gun Rights Foundation and several other groups.  Judge Benitez stated in his decision, “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR15 is the perfect combination of a home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment, good for home defense and battle.”  Of course, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonita are squalling like a couple of long tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs.  What else could we expect from these two darlings of the left wing?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Spring 2021 Legislative Session is over for the Illinois General Assembly.  The good news is nothing bad passed.  The bad news is nothing good passed.  The reality is that like it or not, the State of Illinois has the FOID card and we have to deal with it.  Before we get into the discussion about the bills in the Spring Session, one has to realize that the ISRA has both long and short-term goals.  One of the long-term goals is to get rid of the FOID.  One of the short-term goals is to get the FOID cards and ICCLs in the hands of law-abiding Illinois citizens as fast and easy as possible.  We recognize that a right delayed is a right denied.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 27, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 27, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Oral arguments were heard in the Bradley et al v. Kelly FOID card case on Thursday, May 20, 2021.  The judge will give her opinion, by letter, sometime in the future.  That could mean days or weeks.  Whatever the opinion, I imagine this case will be appealed.  Other ISRA cases have had no new developments.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 20, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 20, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly ends at midnight on May 31, 2021.  That is slightly less than 11 days by the time you read this.  The pace keeps picking up the closer we get to the end of session.  From now on, committees will be on one hour posting notices.  Your ISRA lobbying team is here. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 13, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 13, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Wednesday afternoon we once again witnessed how fast legislation can move in Springfield.  HB 1092 was passed out of committee and was called for a vote on the House floor within two hours.  The lobbying team got word of this possibility and the ISRA administrative staff put out an Action Alert immediately asking everyone to call their State Representative asking them to oppose HB1092.  The bill did pass 69-43-0.  HB1092 now moves to the Senate.  Please call your State Senator and ask them to oppose this bill.  We are down to 16 legislative session days before adjournment at midnight on May 31st.  Please stay tuned for these important Action Alerts.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 6, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 6, 2021

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.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 29, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 29, 2021

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. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 22, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 22, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Executive Directors Message

Richard Pearson

The anti-gun crowd always advances their anti-gun agenda by touting some situation which, of course, can only be solved by more restrictive gun control measures.  It doesn’t seem to matter that what they are proposing won’t work or, even worse, will have deleterious effects on law-abiding gun owners. They are purposely misleading people with legislation that is supposed to do one thing when they know it does something else.   One great example is the Red Flag laws that swept through the Illinois General Assembly a few years ago.  Red Flag laws were introduced in almost every state legislature and passed in many of them.  In Illinois, the Red Flag law passed with veto proof majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  The Biden Administration is now pushing them in Congress.
 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 15, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 15, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Tuesday, April 13th, with only a few weeks left in the Spring Session, the Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield to face a mountain of bills and resolutions. The Illinois House of Representatives has 671 bills on the floor and the Illinois Senate has 234.  That totals 905 bills that first must be dealt with in the originating chamber and if passed, sent to the opposite chamber.  We are talking about Second and Third Readings, being returned to committee for amendments and back on the floor again and votes taken.  Thousands of hours of work are required to do all of this and it won’t all get done.  I would not be surprised to see Special Sessions this summer.

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