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Thursday Bulletin – July 4, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – July 4, 2024

July 4, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson
ISRA in the News: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Assault Weapons Ban Case

On early Tuesday, the US Supreme Court effectively ended our request for emergency relief, however the case will continue in front of Judge Stephen McGlynn in the Southern District of Illinois. Your ISRA team released a statement to all members and to the media almost immediately after the 4 page order from Justice Thomas was issued. The ISRA received a lot of media coverage from our statement which can be read on our website here.

While there was widespread coverage, here is a list of seven websites that you may find interesting, and where you can read our interviews in various news outlets:

Chicago Tribune (Front Page):

Illinois Playbook:

Fox 32 Chicago:


Illinois Review:

Washington Examiner (The Center Square):

Washington Examiner:

If you would like to donate to our Legal Assistance Committee and support this fight, please visit: 

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

The Illinois Shooter Newspaper

Starting with the Summer issue ISRA members who have email will automatically receive the Shooter in a digital format. You will no longer receive a printed copy. This is due to the rising costs for printing and mailing. We need to use those savings to help in our fight to save the 2nd Amendment in Illinois. 

If you desire a printed copy, please email your request to: If your email needs to be updated, or your email is going to changed please send your new information to the ISRA OFFICE at  Please include your member number in all requests. 



Fall Turkey Permit Applications
Lottery 2: July 12, 2024 – August 19, 2024

Fall Deer Firearm Permit Applications
Lottery 3:  July 11, 2024 – August 16, 2024

Over-The-Counter Sales: County-issued permits remaining after the 2024 Lottery 3 Deer Firearm and Muzzleloader drawings, will be available for sale over the counter (OTC) at License Vendors on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, October 15, 2024.  Special Hunt Area permits are only available during the Lottery application periods and are not sold OTC. <Please check the IDNR Website> at, for further requirements and information. We’ll be posting the upcoming Illinois Fall Turkey and Deer hunting season dates, before the seasons begin.

If you are planning a hunting trip out-of-state this fall, be sure you have your Hunter’s Safety certification. Many states require these. 


July 4, 1776 – Declaration of Independence Adopted 

The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence. This was one of the bravest acts in the history of the world. The fledgling colonies knew that if they declared independence, it was going to be a fight with Great Britain – the likes of which they had never seen. It was going to be a battle between a kitten and the British Lion.

The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew they were in for trouble, and trouble did come their way. If they had any property, they lost it, or they had to struggle to keep even a small part of it. July 4 was 442 days after the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.

The British Army and Navy were the best in the world, at that time. It was more than taking on the British Army and Navy. They were facing tremendous economic pressure, which could tear the colonies apart. Still, the Colonists managed to do it.

I keep a copy of the Declaration of Independence on my desk at all times. Occasionally, I pick up the copy and read it, but I also take time to read the names of the signers of it. When we think of the Declaration of Independence, we think of the leaders like Thomas Jefferson, who wrote it, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and other well-known patriots. However, there were others that signed who were not as well known, but equally brave. All the signers of the Declaration of Independence can be thought of as part of the foundation of United States of America.

I wish everyone a happy Fourth of July but remember there wouldn’t be a Fourth of July had it not been for these brave people who signed the Declaration of Independence, the fact that they owned firearms, and all the thousands of unnamed patriots who fought in the Revolution instead of giving up to the British Lion!

July 4, 1826 – The Second & Third United States Presidents Die

Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the last two surviving revolutionaries who had signed the Declaration of Independence, both die on the same day, exactly 50 years after it was signed.

Adams and Jefferson grew apart after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and did not speak to each other for 11 years, from 1801 until 1812. In 1812, Adams broke the silence by writing Jefferson a letter. Jefferson replied, two weeks later. The two men corresponded over the next 14 years. Their letters to each other are a treasure trove of their thoughts about politics, religion, and philosophy.

July 5, 1946 – Bikini Bathing Suit Introduced in France

Men around the world have been happy ever since.

July 7, 1930 – Construction Begins on the Hoover Dam 

This massive construction project started at the beginning of the Great Depression, employing thousands of men. These men would harness the Colorado River and build one of the largest dams in history.

July 8, 1776 – Liberty Bell Tolls Announcing First Reading of the Declaration of Independence

The bell was known as the Liberty Bell at the time. It rang out from the Bell tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Pennsylvania. The bell developed a crack while being tested. Even though it was recast twice, the crack persisted. The Liberty Bell was rung each year to commemorate George Washington’s birthday and the Fourth of July. Finally, in 1845, the crack became so large that it was determined the bell could no longer be rung. Instead, it is now lightly tapped on occasion to commemorate important events.

Remember, history matters!

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“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