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September 28, 2023

Executive Director’s Message

Richard Pearson

The Autumn Equinox was this past Saturday 4th which officially began the first day of fall.  It is lesser known as the Vernal Equinox.  The last Supermoon of the season, typically called the Harvest Moon, will officially become full on Sept. 29.  The Harvest Moon got its name before the advent of electricity when farmers used the light of the full moon to harvest their crops late into the night.  The next notable seasonal event is the Winter Solstice.  It will begin on Thursday, Dec. 21, and end on Monday, March 20, 2024.  Never fear – winter will be here.

It’s been a busy week on both the state and national stage.  The following articles include three news releases of great importance.

Fix to Hunter Education, Archery in Schools, a Top CSF Priority, Heads to President’s Desk



September 27, 2023

September 27, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) – Moments ago, the Senate unanimously passed the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act (H.R. 5110), a bipartisan bill and a top priority for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), which now heads to the President’s desk for signature. This bill will address the unintended consequences caused by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) and its impact on federal funding for hunter education, archery in schools, wilderness courses, and many other important educational enrichment programs. The unanimous Senate passage of H.R. 5110 comes shortly after the House passed the bill Tuesday night on an impressive vote of 424 – 1.

The bipartisan H.R. 5110, led by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Members Reps. Mark Green and Richardson, will ensure that critical enrichment programs for millions of students are eligible to receive federal funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and will resolve the funding limitations under the BSCA.

For the last few months, CSF has been working with Leaders and Members of the CSC to see that a legislative fix to the BSCA moves quickly through Congress to restore ESEA funding for hunter education, wilderness courses, archery in schools, school-sponsored shooting teams, and other critical enrichment programs for students across the nation. As a result of these efforts, Congress passed the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act in a swift fashion, a sign of the widespread support for these programs and CSF’s ability to advocate for meaningful legislation for sportsmen and women.

In June 2022, the BSCA was signed into law, which included language that amended the ESEA to these federal funds from being used for training school personnel in the use of a “dangerous weapon”, which is defined in federal statute as “a weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, animate or inanimate, that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury, except that such term does not include a pocket knife with a blade of fewer than 2½ inches in length”. This sweeping definition is impacting many programs that are foundational to our sporting heritage such as wilderness courses, archery in schools, hunter education, school-sponsored shooting teams, etc. Unfortunately, because of the plain definition of “dangerous weapon”, the BSCA language is limiting the funding opportunities for the school programs that are critically important activities for America’s students.

“CSF extends our appreciation to CSC Members Reps. Green and Hudson for their commitment to sportsmen and women and the millions of students across the country that participate and cherish these important programs,” said CSF President and CEO Jeff Crane. “It is encouraging to see Congress move quickly to restore ESEA funding for these programs, a clear sign that hunting, fishing, and other sporting traditions remain a non-partisan issue.”

CSF thanks Reps. Green and Hudson for their leadership on H.R. 5110 and thanks all of the CSC Members who stepped in to resolve the BSCA issues through a legislative fix. We look forward to seeing this legislation signed into law by President Biden.

Contributed by:

William H. Potts Jr., ISRA Lobbyist


ISRA Statement on Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee Meeting



September 26, 2023

ISRA Statement on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing Examining “Victims of Violent Crime in Chicago”

The Illinois State Rifle Association – one of the oldest and most respected gun organizations in the United States, released the following statement:

As Chicago crime statistics continue to dominate national headlines, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx continues to deflect any responsibility – and instead chooses to blame ‘weak gun protection laws’ instead of the violent criminals who to this day, continue to roam the streets of Chicago targeting innocent victims.

Since 2021, nearly 250 attorneys have resigned from Kim Foxx’s office out of frustration because of her failure to hold violent criminals accountable for their crimes. And as a result, victims’ families are suffering, and the criminals are celebrating

In Illinois, Democrats like Gov. JB Pritzker and Kim Foxx have declared war on the 2nd Amendment and are deliberately targeting law-abiding citizens and their lawful right to bear arms – blaming the guns for the crimes rather than the criminals committing them

We applaud U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and the House Judiciary Committee for coming to Chicago and shining a light on the violent crime plaguing the city, and we remain grateful to the brave police officers who put their lives on the line each day under such difficult circumstances.

To join in the fight and donate, please visit


President Biden Launches Gun-Control Office



September 22, 2023

ISRA Statement on the Establishment of the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

The Illinois State Rifle Association – one of the oldest and most respected gun organizations in the United States, released the following statement:

“President Biden’s announcement that he is establishing the first of its kind White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention is a declaration of war against the 2nd Amendment and sets in motion – using federal resources, an office that will be used to target law-abiding citizens and to promote unconstitutional assault weapons ban legislation that will convert many legal firearms into illegal firearms – in an effort to criminalize a citizen’s lawful right to bear arms.

While anti-gun activists are celebrating today, the ISRA will not back down and we will continue our fight to protect the right to bear arms for all law-abiding citizens, not just in Illinois, but across the country.”

To join in the fight and donate, please visit

Here’s the link to the Illinois Review where article first appeared:

Currently, we have nothing new to report on the legal front.  We will keep you posted.

Body found in Mississippi may be suspect shot in attempted home invasion

An 18-year-old who was found dead in a backyard in Moss Point, Mississippi this week may have been involved in a nearby attempted home invasion, according to authorities.

The woman was discovered Jayrell Cox in her yard on the morning of September 22nd, but police in the Gulf Coast community didn’t publicly connect the discovery with the robbery attempt until this week.

Police report that a homeowner in the same neighborhood found two armed men under his carport while exiting his house. When the two men tried to enter the home by force, the homeowner and the two-armed suspects reportedly exchanged gunfire. The two suspects fled on foot, according to the homeowner. The homeowner told police that he did not know if he had shot either one of the suspects.

The next morning, Cox was found in the backyard of a nearby home.  In fact, this is the second attempted home invasion in two months that has resulted in a fatality in the small Mississippi town, though the robbery attempt last month ended with the resident shot and killed.

Being able to fight back in self-defense is a necessity, and with two headline-grabbing attacks in two months the good people of Moss Point have had a couple of painful reminders of the importance of our Second Amendment rights.  Remember, this can happen anywhere at anytime.

The point is once again we are seeing the situation of people facing multiple attackers.  You have to be ready.  You have to be trained.  In a few days, we will be offering a class by Massad Ayoob which you will see listed further down in this bulletin with details and how to sign up.  This is a great class to take for home defense to learn how to effectively protect yourself and your loved ones.

Garden State anti-gun Senator should reap what he sows.  Long-time anti-gun U.S. Senator “Shady Bob” Menendez, D-NJ, is facing indictments on bribery charges – again.  Doesn’t it seem odd that the most anti-gun senators also seem to be the most corrupt?  Menendez is just another example of the long line of the same kind of action.

He deserves the same treatment that he is known for spouting off about licensed carry holders bringing their arms into the Garden State: “Throw ‘em into prison for five years”.  How about we take away his pension?

*** This is the latest on gun sales from the NICS numbers and gun sales for August 2023, fifth highest on record for AugustThe National Instant Background Checks (NICS) done by the FBI, and the estimated gun sales derived from those checks were about 2.14 million in August of 2023. The number of gun sales was estimated at 1.06 million.  There have been about 14 million gun sales per year, on average, for the last five years.

*** The 38th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference was held this past weekend, 9/22 – 9/24, 2023, attended by our current president Doug Mayhall, past president Don Moran and ISRA board members Gretchen Fritz and David Lombardo, and former ISRA board member Kim Beard.  We were joined by Massad Ayoob, President of the Second Amendment Foundation, and Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep & Bear Arms.

We are very proud to win this award.  We have won this award numerous times including similar awards from other firearm-associated organizations.

The question is why do we keep winning these awards?  The answer is:  We keep fighting; We keep trying our best to protect you and our Second Amendment rights.  That is why people stand by the ISRA.  It’s why you should be a part of the ISRA, too.

TOP LEFT: Massad Ayoob (Pres. 2nd Amendment Foundation), Don Moran (past ISRA Pres.),

Alan Gottlieb (Chairman, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep & Bear Arms), Doug Mayhall (ISRA Pres.)

TOP RIGHT: Robyn Sandoval (Exec. Dir of A Girl and a Gun), Doug Mayhall (ISRA President)

BOTTOM LEFT: Gretchen Fritz (ISRA board member), Don Moran,

Alan Gottlieb, Doug Mayhall & David Lombardo (ISRA board member)

BOTTOM RIGHT: Kim Beard (former ISRA Board Member), Doug Mayhall

If you are not a member, click here, so you can join us.

*** The Illinois legislature Veto session schedule.  Our state legislature returns for veto session October 24. That’s in 26 days. Petition filing begins in 60 days. The March primary is in 173 days and the November general election is in 404 days. Tick tock.

*** Of interest to all waterfowl hunters:  Federal adds two 28-gauge, 3-inch, ¾-ounce loads in shot size No. 3 or 4 to its popular Black Cloud Waterfowl product line-up.  “The technology blend of FLITESTOPPER Steel, zinc plated premium steel, and FLITECONTROL FLEX wad, is highly effective in these loads. They pattern very tight and hit hard,” said Dan Compton, Federal Shotshell Product Director.

Don’t forget Deer archery season starts Sunday, October 1st.


The Illinois State Rifle Association is offering a special sale on Life and other upgraded memberships.  Please check your mail and take advantage of this offer.  Upgrades must be postmarked by Oct. 16.  If you didn’t receive it in the mail, please call the office at (815) 635-3198.  We can easily upgrade your membership on the phone.


September 30, 1954 – The USS Nautilus commissioned

The world’s first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus was important because it projected the U.S. power and position around the world, at the time of the Cold War.

September 31, 1776 – George Washington’s first army

George Washington was very unhappy at the disorganized and undisciplined militias that were supposed to make up his army.  Just at the right moment Friedrich Von Steuben, a Prussian officer, showed up.  Washington immediately appointed him to his staff, and Von Steuben started drilling the newly formed U.S. Army into a unit that could challenge the British army.  Von Steuben also wrote the first book the U.S. Army had on training and discipline.

October 1, 1890 – Establishment of Yosemite National Park

The home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the Giant Sequoia trees.  Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were declared a national park by Congress.  It was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison, and paved the way for generations of hikers, campers, and nature lovers, along with countless “Don’t Feed the Bears” signs.

Native Americans were the main residents of the Yosemite Valley, located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain range, until the gold rush of 1849.

October 1, 1946 – Nazi war criminals death sentence

Twelve high-ranking Nazis are sentenced to death by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the USSR, France, and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace to crimes of war and crimes against humanity.

October 1, 1949 – Emergence of the People’s Republic of China

Naming himself head of state, communist revolutionary Mao Zedong officially proclaimed the existence of the newly reformed country.  The loss of China, the largest nation in Asia, to communism was a severe blow to the United States, which was still reeling from the Soviet Union’s detonation of a nuclear device one month earlier.

October 3, 1863 – Lincoln proclaims the official Thanksgiving holiday

President Abraham Lincoln announces that the nation would celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863, in expression of gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg.  The new holiday will forever be celebrated on November 26, 1863.

At the Range

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All classes and events are open to the public & all range members, unless otherwise noted.

The Illinois State Rifle Association is the home of marksmanship in Illinois.


Our F-Class League State Championship results are in.  Here’s some highlights from coach Mike Symmers.

  • We hosted 42 competitors.
  • 2-day match, 100 shot aggregate
  • State Champion is Geoff Bushelle, scored 996-60X
  • FTR winner Mike Catena scored 986-44X
  • Joe Meyer set a new National Record (pending) with a score of 200-30X
  • Competitors came from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas


Massad Ayoob’s MAG 40 Class October 5, 6, 7 and 8

Massad Ayoob will be back teaching.



For every person concerned about self-defense,

concealed carry license holders, and concealed carry instructors.

Please click here for details on how to sign up. 

Don’t wait to sign up – it’ll fill up fast!

Hotels near the ISRA Range

ISRA Black Powder State Championship October 15 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Black Powder rifles with iron open sights; flintlock-rifles or smooth bore. Open to public. Registration at 7:30am. Adults: $20, Juniors under age18 – $15. Walk-ins welcome: $25, Juniors $20.  CONTACT:
Thomas Fahrenbach at, or Tom Spurlock at

Focus On – ISRA Academy

Sept. 30 AWA Monthly Meeting

Oct. 1Bonfield Muzzle Loaders Black Powder

Oct. 1 – ISRA Academy NRA Range Safety Officer Class

Oct. 3 – Tuesday Night Irregular Rifles

Oct. 4 – Bench Rest League

Oct. 4 – Paper Steel League

Oct. 5,6,7,8 – Massad Ayoob’s MAG 40 Class

9-28 Women’s Team Pistol Practice – Range 1 – 4:00-6:00

9-29 – No Classes

9-30 ISRA Steel Challenge – Range 8, 9, 10, 11 – 7:00-5:00

9-30 Troop 17 – Range 1, 2, 6, 7, Pavilion – 8:00-8:00

9-30 AWA Monthly Meeting – Clubhouse-9:00-10:00; Range 10-10:00-12:00

10-1 Bonfield Muzzle Loaders-Black Powder – Clubhouse & Range 2 (7:00-2:00), Range 6 (12:00-2:00)

10-1 ISRA 3Gun – Range 8, 9, 10, 11 – 7:00-2:00

10-1 ISRA Academy NRA Range Safety Officer Class – Clubhouse, Range 1 – 8:00-5:00

10-2 – No Classes

10-3 Tuesday Night Irregular Rifles – Range 3 & Pavilion – 11:30-Dusk

10-4  – Benchrest League – Range 4 – 8:00-Dusk

10-4  – Paper Steel League – Range 11 – 5:00-Dusk

10-5 – Massad Ayoob’s MAG-40 – Range 11 & Clubhouse – 8:00-6:00


The ISRA Range offers great classes and leagues, for shooting enthusiasts!


Interested in joining a league?

Just show up 15 – 30 minutes early.

Range memberships are available.

A day at the ISRA Range is always a great day!

Thank you for being a member!

If you are not an ISRA member,  join today!



Upcoming Meetings:

Upcoming Range Events:

Upcoming Gun Shows

While the gun show information shown in this email is believed to be accurate – sometimes changes occur. This is provided for informational purposes only.

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 Central Illinois Gun Collectors Assoc. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin

October 8  Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles 

October 22  McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock

October 28 – 29 Sauk Trail Gun Show, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton

November 4 – 5 Decatur Gun & Knife Show, Decatur Conference Center, Decatur

November 4 – 5 ECA Hunting & Trade Shows, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville

November 4 – 5 Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee County Fairgrounds, Kankakee

November 12  Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

November 19  McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock

November 25 – 26 Central IL Gun Collectors Association, Sangamon Co. Fairgrounds, New Berlin

November 25 – 26 Sauk Trail Gun Show, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton

November 26  Lake County Gun & Sportsman Show, Antioch VFW, Antioch

December 2 – 3 Will County Gun Show, Will County Fairgrounds, Peotone

December 2 – 3 Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club Gun & Knife Show, Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club House, Chillicothe

December 9 – 10 Bloomington Gun & Knife Show, Interstate Center, Bloomington

December 9 – 10 Peoria Gun & Knife Show, Exposition Gardens, Peoria

December 10  Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles 

December 16 – 17 Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee County Fairgrounds

December 16 – 17 ECA Hunting & Trade Shows, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

December 17  McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock


“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