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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 20, 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:

Culp v. Raoul – Kevin Culp is a now-retired Colonel in the United States Air Force who was, until recently, on temporary duty in Illinois.  Because he is not an Illinois resident, he cannot get an Illinois Conceal Carry License (ICCL). A Certiorari Petition to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is pending.  A Certiorari Petition means that we are asking the United States Supreme Court to hear our case.  Attorney General Raoul is named because he is the Attorney General of Illinois.

BFF Firearms, et al, v. Raoul (Firearm Dealer Licensing case) - The ISRA has filed a motion to amend the complaint following the enactment of Emergency Rules.  The plaintiffs have a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the law.  The State of Illinois has filed to dismiss the case.

Thomas, Lazic, ISRA v. Illinois State Police – Thousands of Illinois FOID card holders have appealed the denial or revocation of their FOID cards and have not had those FOID cards approved or returned, despite obvious situations where the restoration should have been quickly processed. In part, this problem stems from the more than $29,500,000 which was swept from the funds which prevented hiring the personnel and purchasing equipment which would fix the problem.  Complaint filed.  The Illinois State Police (ISP) has not yet responded.

White, ISRA v. Illinois State Police – Mr. White lives in a bad Chicago area.  He has a FOID card and has never done anything wrong but cannot get an ICCL, mainly because he is on the Chicago gang database list.  He is not and has never been a gang member.  The only thing he has done wrong is grow up in a bad neighborhood.  A motion to dismiss by the Defendant is pending.

Miller, ISRA v. Smith – This is a foster parent and home day care case.  If you have a daycare home, and/or are a foster parent, the Department of Children and Family Services will only allow you to have a firearm if it is unloaded and in a safe. Also, if you have a day care home you cannot possess a handgun at all.  They also have the right to inspect without notice.  This case is in ongoing discovery.

Easterday, ISRA v. Village of Deerfield – This is an assault weapons law preemption case.  State law preempts local municipals from passing certain firearm ordinances.  Deerfield defied state law.  The trial court ruled in the Plaintiffs’ favor and struck down the ordinance as a violation of State law.  This case is presently on appeal to the Second Appellate District.

Wilson, et al v. Cook County et al - A case brought against Cook County, challenging its “Assault Weapon” ban.  Originally filed in 2007, the case went twice to the Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court.  Following the Friedman decision, the case was dismissed and refiled.  The refiled case was removed to Federal Court.  The District Court and Seventh Circuit declined Plaintiffs’ efforts to distinguish this case from Friedman, and dismissed/affirmed the dismissal of Plaintiffs’ complaint.  A Petition of a Writ of Certiorari is before the United States Supreme Court.

Brown adv. State of IllinoisVivian Brown had a single shot .22 rifle in her home for self-defense.  She had no FOID card.  A White County court ruled the FOID unconstitutional in the home.  The State filed a direct appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.  That Court heard arguments on the case in September, 2019.  We are awaiting a decision.

The ISRA is defending your Second Amendment Rights in Springfield.  As I have mentioned before, Bloomberg and company have turned their attack toward state legislatures.  We have just witnessed this in Virginia.  It is happening in Illinois also.  At present, we are dealing with 254 bills that have been introduced in the 101st General Assembly.  We may see SB1966 coming back.  There is no question that the ISRA needs your support.  If you are not a member, please join at once. 

We have finally secured the dates, September 25th, 26th, and 27th, for the Small Arms Firing School that will be held at the ISRA Range.  For those interested in High Power competition this is the class for you.  The registration is online at this LINK.

Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) will be held on April 1st!  Visit our IGOLD page for bus details.

We will be attending the Bloomington Gun & Knife Show this Saturday and will give legislative updates at 10:00am and 2:00pm.  Come and see us!  Check our website regularly for updated bills.

Thanks for being a member.

Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar
For more information, visit www.isra.org

ISRA Air Rifle League
Tuesdays – 8:00-5:00

ISRA International Air Pistol League
Every other Wednesday – 8:00-5:00

The Well Armed Woman
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Bonfield Muzzle Loaders
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Range Work Day
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Women’s Only Basic Pistol Class – Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club
Saturday, March 7, 2020

.22 Rimfire Steel Challenge
Marksmanship League
Sunday March 8, 2020

AR15 Maintenance Class
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gun & Trade Shows

Bloomington Gun & Knife Show
Interstate Center – Bloomington, IL
Dates: February 22 & 23, 2020
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

Diamond Gun & Sportsman’s Show
Diamond Banquet Hall – Diamond, IL
Dates: February 22 & 23, 2020
Hours: Saturday: 8:00-3:00
           Sunday: 8:00-2:00
Admission: $5.00

Mattoon Gun & Knife Show
Cross Country Mall – Mattoon, IL
Dates: March 7 & 8, 2020
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

Kane County Sportsman’s Show
Kane County Fairgrounds – St Charles, IL
Date: March 8, 2020
Hours: Sunday – 7:30-1:30
Admission: $7.00

Aledo Gun & Knife Show
Mercer County Fairgrounds – Aledo, IL
Dates: March 14 & 15, 2020
Admission: $5.00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show
Belle-Clair Expo Center – Belleville, IL
Dates: March 14 & 15, 2020
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

GAT GUNS Factory Shoot
Dates: March 14 & 15, 2020

Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show
Kankakee County Fairgrounds – Kankakee, IL
Dates: March 14 & 15, 2020
Hours: Saturday: 8:00-3:00
           Sunday: 8:00-2:00
Admission: $6.00

McHenry County Gun Show
McHenry County Fairgrounds – Woodstock, IL
Date: March 15, 2020
Hours: Sunday: 8:00-1:00
Admission: $5.00


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