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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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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 14, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 14, 2022

by Richard Pearson

As most of you know, the unserialized firearm bill or “Ghost Gun bill” HB4383 Amendment #2 passed the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate and is headed for the Governor’s desk.  I have written several times about how the process works in Springfield, but I am going over it again since HB4383 Amendment #2 is such a good example.  HB4383 started out as a bill which required utilities to notify people by certified mail in an area where a high voltage electric line is proposed.  The original language was stripped out of the bill and replaced by the ghost gun language.  The title of the bill still retained the public utility language even though the bill had nothing to do with the title.  I received several calls asking why we were taking a stand on a public utility bill.  You have to look at the amendments to a bill to understand what the bill is about.  HB4383 passed about 2:30am on Saturday morning.  There were 993 witness slips opposing the bill and only a handful supporting it.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 7, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 7, 2022

by Richard Pearson

IGOLD 2022 is in the history books.  As we expected, it was smaller this year but it was still a success.  I would like to thank all the members, volunteers, staff, lobbyists, and board members who helped.  Once again IGOLD came off without a hitch.  Next year, we will once again be allowed into the Capitol barring unforeseen events.  I hope you will come if you didn’t make it this year.  One of the things that happened that made IGOLD successful was the 25 or 30 Senators and Representatives that joined us at the Lincoln Steps on the east side of the Capitol.  That is more than we have ever had by two.  It is great to see that support among the legislators.  Next year’s tentative date is April 5, 2023.  All that depends on the Legislative Calendar which will be out in mid-December.  We hope to see you there.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 31, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 31, 2022

by Richard Pearson

Winter has slipped away, Day Light Savings Time is here, and the first of April is hours away.  The outdoor shooting season has finally arrived.  The days are growing longer and warmer and acute cabin fever has set in.  Let’s get outdoors and do some shooting.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 24, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 24, 2022

by Richard Pearson

Last week, I wrote about a Quinnipiac Poll regarding people who would defend the United States and who would not defend this country should we be attacked as they have been in the Ukraine.  I was shocked at the number of “white flaggers” we have amongst us.  Many of these people are the same ones who would like to do away with the Second Amendment.  Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 17, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 17, 2022

by Richard Pearson

Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama signed the Alabama Constitutional Carry bill into law one hour after it passed the final vote last week. The sponsor of the bill was Representative Shane Stringer.  Representative Stringer was fired from his job as a Captain on the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department for sponsoring the bill.  The Alabama Sheriff’s Association opposed the bill so his boss fired him. Representative Stringer is a solid Second Amendment supporter who stood up for what he thought was right and took the hit for doing the right thing.  I predict a bright future for Representative Stringer.  Maybe he ought to run for sheriff.  Alabama is the 22nd state to pass constitutional carry.  Governor DeWine of Ohio signed SB215 making constitutional carry legal in Ohio, making Ohio the 23rd state with Constitutional Carry.  That leaves Indiana being the next state to most likely become part of the Constitutional Carry family.  Georgia is the next most likely after Indiana.  That would bring the total Constitutional Carry states to 25, half of the states.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 10, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 10, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The long-time leftist dream of destroying the National Rifle Association (NRA) got a setback on Thursday, March 3, 2022.  New York Attorney General Letitia James had part of her lawsuit against the NRA dismissed by New York Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen.  James had sought to have the New York Supreme Court simply dissolve the NRA.  This part of the lawsuit was simply a political attack on the NRA and its members.  The left is always looking for ways to silence free speech if they don’t like the message.  NRA Counsel William A. Brewer III declared the ruling a victory for all those who believe in free speech and association.  The NRA still has a lot of financial hurdles ahead of it and is by no means out of the woods yet.  Bankruptcy is still a possibility but a victory is still a victory. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 3, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 3, 2022

by Richard Pearson

A friend of mine sent me a picture of a 79-year-old Ukrainian woman getting her first lesson on how to shoot an AK47 obviously in preparation of the Russian invasion of her country.  The photo stirred memories of years ago when the anti-gun crowd claimed the Second Amendment was useless when it comes to defending your homeland with armed citizens.  I do not agree with that premise nor do most Ukrainians.  My guess is that there are Russian soldiers who also might disagree with that premise.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 24, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 24, 2022

by Richard Pearson

It seems that no matter which way we look, some government somewhere is tightening the noose of government control to lessen the freedom of law-abiding citizens to make their voices heard.  Of course, I am speaking of the people’s freedoms, not the government approved freedoms we are supposed to support.  The freedom to not follow the mask mandates is the one I am speaking about, the fight against government ordered masks.  The mask mandates have become a symbol of government overreach and therefore have become the line in the sand.  Protests are popping up all over the world.  For us here in the United States, it is a battleground.  There are those who love government control right here in the United States.  They espouse the government propaganda line on masks, gun control, social justice and everything else.  These are the left-wing billionaires who support no-bail, reduced sentences, easy on criminal policies, open borders and all the rest of it that is tearing our country apart.  Much of this is supported by people like George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg and Ed Bastian of Delta Airlines.  There are others also.  The big battle is coming.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 17, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 17, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois State Police (ISP) has released a statement regarding their efforts in getting FOID cards processed.  Actually, the ISP does a good job as long as the person fills out the application correctly.  If you, or whoever helped you, made some mistake on the application you are still in the soup.  If you are an ISRA member, there are two staff members in the office who will help you.  Please do not call on Mondays or before 10am.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 10, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 10, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The online publication “The Reload” reported what we already suspected about the NRA and their financial condition. The phalanx of lawsuits launched against the NRA and Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, has hurt them badly.  Of course, the lawsuits were designed to do just that.  Legal fees now make up 20 percent of the NRA’s expenses.  The Reload sort of backhands the NRA for paying Wayne LaPierre’s legal expenses but in the real world, that is what has to be done.  LaPierre was acting on behalf of the NRA and I am glad they are backing him up.

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