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IGOLD: The Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day

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IGOLD: The Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day

The Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) has become the number one demonstration of citizens promoting gun owners’ rights in the United States, and the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is its primary sponsor.

Private Bus Information
If your gun club, gun shop, hunting group and/or organization is thinking about bringing a bus to IGOLD with your members, NOW is the time to plan it.

If you are bringing a bus, please let us know by April 1st. The ISRA must pay for your bus parking in advance. Please notify the ISRA Office and speak with Shirley at 815.635.3198 Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm. You can also email Shirley. Please put BUS NOTIFICATION in the subject line. We will update you on IGOLD as we get closer to the date.

IGOLD Bus Seat Signup – Alton, IL
There are seats available to IGOLD from Piasa Armory, in Alton. First come-first served. Location: Piasa Armory, 3685 E. Broadway, Alton, IL 62002, 618-433-2715. Please click either link below to make your reservation and for more information. IGOLD bus signup or click here:

You can email questions to Scott Pulaski.

IGOLD Bus Signup – Chillicothe/East Peoria/Morton, IL
Chillicothe Sportsman’s Club Bus: Open for club members until April 1st. Open to the public after April 1st, first come-first served. To reserve your seat, please call: Deb Park at 309-369-6238.

3 Locations/Pickup times:
8:00 am – Public parking lot downtown – Chillicothe 8:00
8:45 am – North end of Kohl’s parking lot – East Peoria
9:15 am – Morton Field Shopping Center in Morton
Cost: $30 per person

IGOLD Bus Signup – Decatur, IL
Sign up by booking online at Reserve my bus seat.
or by calling 217.764.5678 (The Bullet Trap, Macon, IL).

Leaves from the Decatur Civic Center at 9:30 am
Pickup at Capitol Bldg. at 3:30 pm for return trip to Decatur
Cost: $35.00 per person (round trip).

First come-first served.  Reserve by April 1st.

Amtrak Train Schedule

Inbound to Springfield
(1/2 mile from train station to the Bank of Springfield Center)
Departs: 7:15 am Chicago Union Station
Arrives: 10:10 am Springfield Station

Outbound to Chicago
Departs: 4:46 pm Springfield Station
Arrives: 8:00 pm Chicago Union Station

The Rich History of the Annual IGOLD Event

The Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) was started back in the early ‘90’s to put a face on Illinois gun owners. Up until that time, the media portrayed gun owners and anyone who believed in the Second Amendment as some knuckle-dragging Neanderthal throw backs, barely worthy of being called humans. IGOLD helped change that, although the mainstream media will still label gun owners that way when they can get away with it.

The first ISRA Lobby Day was attended by about 200 people. Among those attending were four undercover policemen. In 2006, the ISRA joined with several other groups, and ISRA Lobby Day became Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD).

The crowds have grown each year. In 2013, 8200-gun owners showed up to lobby their legislators and to become the face of all the gun owners in Illinois. Because of IGOLD and other ISRA activities, gun owners have increased in stature in Illinois.

One of the early attendees of this big event was Otis McDonald. The court case known as McDonald et al. v. City of Chicago came about because of IGOLD.  IGOLD proves what law-abiding gun owners can accomplish when they stick together. It is critical that we let politicians know how important our gun rights are. We will support only those legislators who support our gun rights. IGOLD is the ideal time to demonstrate our mutual commitment to the Second Amendment, and the right of self-defense!

IGOLD, and the preservation of the Second Amendment rights, is an expensive undertaking that involves many people, many communications, many activities, and a lot of planning. To help offset these expenses, we offer opportunities to participate with raffles and donations.  We extend out thanks to all who participate in our IGOLD raffles.

IGOLD Event Winners List

FIRST: 14730

SECOND: 00918

THIRD: 04184

FOURTH: 12343

FIFTH: 00470

SIXTH: 03081

SEVENTH: 05886

EIGHTH: 14195

NINTH: 04264

TENTH: 05750

“Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

Lily Tomlin

“The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, “The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed.” And they wonder why we’re a bit testy”

Editor of KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”


“You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you’ll find me in a pile of brass.”

Tpr. M. Padgett

“Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol.”

Lori Broadhead

“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”

Ted Nugent

The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe or to prevent the people of the United States from keeping their own arms.”

Samuel Adams, Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed (1886)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution are courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution THEY don’t like.”

Alan Dershowitz

“Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime.”

Sen. Larry Craig

“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”

Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997