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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 23, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 23, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of the gun owners in the New York Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen.  The Supreme Court has also ruled the Second Amendment is not a second class right and nowhere in the Second Amendment does it limit firearms to the home.  The Majority Opinion was written by Justice Thomas. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 16, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 16, 2022

by Richard Pearson

We have been waiting for a ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court on the People v Vivian Claudine Brown case.   The Brown case dealt with whether or not the FOID was unconstitutional in the home.  The White County Circuit Court has ruled the FOID card is unconstitutional in the home.  Because this case dealt with a constitutional question, the case went directly to the Illinois Supreme Court, skipping appellate courts.  Today, Thursday June 16, 2022, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its ruling.  The Court once again side stepped the question of the constitutionality of the FOID in the home and dismissed the case on procedural grounds.  This is the judicial version of ring-around-the-rosy.  The vote was 4-3 NOT to hear the case on the merits.  The Brown case is remanded back to the White County Circuit Court.  In short, we are back to square one.  In closing, I will say while the FOID card issue is most important, the ruling is also terribly unfair to Ms. Brown.  We will continue to fight on.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 9, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 9, 2022

by Richard Pearson

On Monday, June 6, 2022, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart held a press conference to announce his proposal to make all ammunition sales go through a State Police “FTIP” check which is what is required when a firearm Is purchased from a Federal Firearms dealer.  The bill number for this is HB5380.  Here is how this law would work:

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 2, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 2, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The NRA did as well as they could at the Annual Meeting which was held in Houston this past weekend considering the circumstances.  The attendance was down but it was still over 64,000.  Normally, it is around 80,000.  There are lots of reasons it was down.  Traveling these days is a pain in the pocketbook as well as the posterior extremity.  The turmoil the NRA is going through undoubtedly played a part.  The media also dutifully did their part to attack the Second Amendment and the NRA.  All weekend, we were treated to pictures of hundreds of protesters although they really were there on Friday to protest President Trump.  The number of protesters went from about 500 on Friday to 50 or 60 on Saturday.  Some were undoubtedly bankrolled by anti-gun billionaires.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 26, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 26, 2022

by Richard Pearson

All law-abiding gun owners are outraged and saddened by the crime perpetrated by a madman in Uvalde, Texas.  All of us should join the people of Uvalde, Texas, in grieving for the loss of innocent lives.

The shooter is undoubtedly at fault.  He is not alone.  There are those who have resisted hiring more armed resource officers for schools, refusing to allow qualified teachers and staff to be trained and carry firearms in schools, and refusing to allow active shooter drills in schools.  Also at fault are the politicians who attack law-abiding gun owners and firearms instead of providing funds to schools and requiring them to harden the schools to make them more impervious to attack.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 19, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 19, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The NRA Annual Meeting is fast approaching and the announcement of former President Donald Trump’s attendance is adding more controversy to the meeting.  There are those who think some of the people former President Trump endorsed are not perfect enough for them.  Before every election I give an admonition regarding candidates, and it is that time again.  Here it is: There are no perfect candidates.  Don’t bother to look for a perfect candidate.  I advise if you want to go on such a quest, join Diogenes for the eternal search of truth or perhaps, the search for the Holy Grail; you will have more success.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 12, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 12, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The NRA Annual Meetings will be in Dallas, Texas, on May 27,28 and 29.  There is a fight shaping up for the Executive Vice President for the NRA.  That position is presently held by Wayne LaPierre.  The challenger is LTC Allen West.  How all this will shake out, I can’t say.  Whoever gets the job is in for a rotten thankless experience.  The requirements for the job are you must have a hide as thick as an elephant, are used to working under extreme pressure, be very smart, be able to command, and willing to argue with the mainstream press which is like explaining quantum physics to a bowling ball.  We will know more the week after the Annual Meeting which is when the NRA Board meets.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 5, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 5, 2022

by Richard Pearson

Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) holders have started receiving notifications about their renewal from the Illinois State Police (ISP).  If you have not yet received a notice, you may get one in the future.  Don’t get excited.  These notices are going to people who have both an ICCL and FOID card.  What is happening is the ISP is combining FOID cards and ICCLS to match up expiration dates.  The purpose is to make the renewal process easier.  The ISP will extend your FOID card at no charge to match your ICCL expiration date.  Your FOID will remain active in the system.  Your new card will combine both your ICCL and FOID.  Just as a reminder, you may now apply for your FOID card 180 days in advance of the expiration date.  The application time for the ICCL remains the same at 90 days.  If you are an ISRA member, we will assist you in applying for both your FOID and ICCL applications.  If you are uncertain about the process, call us first because if things get botched up, it is a real mess.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 28, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 28, 2022

by Richard Pearson

Warm weather is gradually on the way.  I see more people at shooting ranges seeking a cure for cabin fever.  May is just around the corner and that means shooting activities at outdoor ranges will be in full swing.  For all those who belong to outdoor ranges, it is time to do spring cleaning and perhaps a little fix up.  If you belong to an outdoor range, check to see when a workday is scheduled and participate.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 21, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 21, 2022

by Richard Pearson

We are about to experience our first brush of early summer weather which is great news for all of us who love shooting outdoors.  You may see some new faces at the range, considering the number of new gun owners we have.  Remember, always be welcoming; this is new territory for them.  They may not know or understand all the rules.  They need a mentor, not a drill instructor.  Not only is this important to understand for range operators and Range Safety Officers, but individual members or patrons as well.

 

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