Chatsworth, IL – Last week Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Brendan Kelly outlined steps that ISP has taken to manage the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) and Conceal Carry License (CCL) programs and laid much of the blame on funding issues.
From Director Kelly’s press conference on 02/13/2020:
by Richard Pearson
The Illinois State Rifle Association is fully engaged in defending the Second Amendment Rights of Illinois citizens. In many cases our efforts have helped firearm owners beyond our borders. One of the ways we fight for your rights is working to turn back both Illinois government and local government overreach and oppression. As you will see in the updated list of lawsuits, we have worked through the courts and are now asking the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to hear our cases. There is no guarantee that they will. Some Justices on the Court don’t want to hear Second Amendment cases for fear they will strengthen the Second Amendment. I understand Ginsberg is leading the charge against Second Amendment cases. Below is a list of the cases the ISRA is involved in and their status at this time:
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.
by Richard Pearson
The agonizing long waits to get a FOID card have plagued Illinois citizens for some time. The law required the Illinois State Police (ISP) to issue a FOID card in 30 days. During the Rauner Administration the time was extended to 60 days. Still the ISP kept falling further and further behind. We have to remember that a right delayed is a right denied. This is a terrible situation that should have never happened and did not need to happen. The ISRA, SAF and other plaintiffs are in court to rectify this situation. This case is known as Thomas, et.al. v. Illinois State Police, et.al.
In the last few months, we have heard from dozens of people who are having issues with their FOID Card and Concealed Carry applications.
by Richard Pearosn
While at the SHOT Show, I walked 31.5 miles looking for products that might be of interest to our members. After the first day everything was done in the exhibition hall so I was not able to do any live fire. Still, you can get a good idea of products simply by handling them or watching demonstrations.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Canada Valleyfield, Inc (GD-OTS), has determined a potential defect relating to certain lots of Accurate 2495, 4064 and 4350 propellants manufactured for Western Powders Inc. prior to October 1, 2016 and packaged under the Accurate brand name in 1 lb. and 8 lb. canisters, may be defective.