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Thursday Bulletin – June 13, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – June 13, 2024

June 19, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson

Defend Yourself – Get A Gun 

A Chicago mother who called 911 after two masked men broke into her home, reportedly had to wait more than four hours before police officers arrived. The woman was told to wait outside her home, and that a unit had been dispatched. After five additional calls and many hours later, she asked to be put through to a supervisor. The supervisor said, “sorry to say we have no units to send you”. He also recommended to call her alderman and encourage the hiring of more police. She was then steered towards being her own first responder, and asked, “would she consider defending herself, and did she have a weapon or would she consider getting one.”

It is not just or fair for anyone to have to be provided protection – for the sole reason of not “being a priority situation”, but unfortunately, it is the truth in today’s world. Crime is up 38% year-to-date since 2019. Crime is up everywhere. The most realistic advice is: Best to get a weapon and be prepared to defend yourself!

Protect Yourself Against Attackers

Concealed carry license holders in Chicago are fighting back. Last weekend, three concealed carry holders fired at would-be attackers, defending their own life.

In one case, a guy broke into the concealed carry holder’s home where the perpetrator was shot. In another incident, three men attacked and were beating a concealed carry holder, who was able to shoot all three of them. In a carjacking incident, three men with guns drawn attacked a third concealed carry holder. The concealed carry holder immediately fired shots at the car as it fled.

As I keep reminding everyone, the chances are greater and greater that you’ll be attacked by more than one person. A firearm is the only way to defend yourself against these attackers, and if you haven’t got a concealed carry license, you should do that now. The world isn’t getting any better. There is no reason you need to be a victim.

A New Day Dawns at the NRA

As most of you are probably aware, the big news came from the NRA Board of Directors meeting on Monday, May 20, in which the leadership -changed hands resulting in new faces and direction for the 153-year-old Association. First Vice-President is now Bob Barr, First VP Chair is Bill Bachenberg, 2nd VP chair is Mark Vaughan, and the position of Interim Executive Vice President and CEO is Doug Hamlin.

This change in leadership bodes well for the NRA. Members have been deeply troubled by lawsuits and scandals for the past five years. During that time, the NRA’s highest echelons had reportedly spent in excess of $200 million on mismanagement and blatant corruption. Because of this, many of us couldn’t, in good conscience, advise anyone to join the NRA or make extra contributions. Not surprisingly, membership and revenues have fallen precipitously.

I am glad to report that recovery has begun. Although, I can’t blame anyone for being skeptical, but don’t wait too long. The NRA’s new leadership is trying hard to restore faith and trust in the Association, rebuild basic services, and prove they will be, once again, one of the most renowned institutions for gun rights in this country.

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


Illinois Legislative News

The General Assembly’s Fall veto session will be November 12 – 14 and November 19 – 21. The new legislature will be seated on the second Wednesday in January 2025. A few days before, there will be a Lame Duck session of the Illinois General Assembly. Lame Duck sessions are always the most dangerous time for citizens and their rights. We will keep you posted.

Litigation Updates

There are Three Court Cases that May be Decided in the Supreme Court of the United States by the End of June, or the First Week in July. The decisions in all three of these cases will be important in what happens to our battle for Second Amendment rights.

The First of These Cases is Rahimi v United StatesThe question is that while the US code prohibits the possession of firearms by persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders, have their Second Amendment rights been denied?

The Second Case is the Garland v Cargill bump stock ban case. The United States Fifth Circuit struck down the ATF on bump stocks, saying it was an improper expansion of executive branch power.

The Third Case is NRA v VulloThe question in this case is can the New York State regulators pressuring companies who do business with the NRA constitute coercion, which violates first amendment rights?

SAF Challenges “Final Rule” In Arm Brace Case

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has announced it will hear oral arguments in the Second Amendment Foundation’s challenge of the “Final Rule” issued by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding arm braces for pistols, during the week of Aug. 5.

The case is known as SAF v. ATF and was filed in February 2023. Last August, SAF won, in part, a preliminary injunction in the case when a court panel decided 2-1 the rule was “likely illegal” because the government had violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) by adopting the rule without meaningful opportunity for public comment.

“We are delighted about the court’s decision,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We will be fully prepared to argue our case before the appeals court, and hopefully see a quick resolution of this case.”

Massachusetts’ Permit to Purchase Firearms Case Ends in Favor of Plaintiff and the Second Amendment. The case of Morin v Lyver has been decided in favor of the plaintiff. Alfred Morin was unfairly victimized as an honest man attempting to follow the law, suffering humiliation and legal damages. The Massachusetts law has been ruled unconstitutional and sent back and remanded to the circuit court.

Currently we have the People v Brown in which the FOID card has been found unconstitutional by the White County court. ­­The point is the Illinois FOID card is an impediment because it is both a permit and right to possess. We will be going back to the Illinois Supreme court for the third time in an effort to get the FOID card declared­­ unconstitutional.

California’s OMG Law Blatantly Unconstitutional

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and its partners have filed an appellee’s brief in a long-running legal challenge of California’s One-Gun-Per-Month (OMG) law with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This is in response to the state’s effort to keep the law in place.

“When examined in the proper historical context,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb observed, “There is no historical evidence of any such restriction anywhere in the country at the time the nation was created, and the Constitution was ratified. The Founders would never have considered such a prohibition. Indeed, they would have rejected it immediately as utter nonsense.”

Father’s Day Gift of Choice

Give your father the gift of membership to the Illinois State Rifle Association and/or the ISRA Range membership (see above article). He’ll thank you every year!  Please go to ( to download our membership application or call the office at 815.635.3198. 


June 13, 1777 – Lafayette Serves Alongside General Washington. 

The Marquis de Lafayette arrives in South Carolina to serve with General George Washington. The 19-year-old French aristocrat is given the commission of Major General on July 31, 1777. He returned to France briefly in 1779 to consult with the king of France about his future service. Benjamin Franklin was pleased to report that Lafyette was a great advocate for the American cause. After six months, he returned to aid the United States in Virginia, participating in the successful siege of Yorktown, which ended with the British surrender in 1781. Lafayette then returned to France and spent the rest of his life in the service of France.

June 14, 1775 – The United States Army 

The Continental Congress signed the resolution authorizing the enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies. The enlistment was for one-year. The United States Army is born. Happy Birthday United States Army. You’re not looking bad for 249 years old!

June 14, 1777 – The U.S. Stars and Stripes 

The Stars and Stripes is officially adopted as the flag of the United States. Today is Flag Day. Be sure you fly the flag!

June 15, 1775 – George Washington Leads the Continental Army Washington accepted the assignment of Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, Washington took command of a poorly trained, and poorly supplied army. The British looked down their noses at Washington’s army, but General Washington had turned the Colonial Army into a force to be reckoned with. Just ask the British!

June 18, 1812 – The War of 1812 Begins 

The U.S. Congress declares war against Great Britain. Great Britain just couldn’t quit meddling in United States affairs. The British were impressing American seamen into the Royal Navy against their will, stirring up trouble with the Indian tribes, and meddling with the United States border with Canada. A group in Congress known as the “War Hawks’ had had enough and were advocating for war with Britain for several years.

The British just couldn’t get over the idea that the United States was an independent country. The War of 1812 finally established that fact, once and for all, to the British. General Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans got the point across.

June 19, 1944Battle of the Philippine Sea

United States scores a major victory over the Japanese in the Battle of the Philippines Sea. ­The Japanese desperately needed control over the Marianas Islands to fortify their position in the western Pacific. The victory was unbelievably lopsided for the United States. Japan lost 300 aircraft, and the United States lost only 29. It became known as the “Marianas Turkey shoot”.

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

Click here to view the entire calendar. All classes and events are open to the public & all range members, unless otherwise noted.  here

Empowering First Shots – Free Women’s
Shooting Event on Saturday June 15th!

Saturday, June 15th. This event is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for women to learn about shooting and self-defense and welcomes women of all skill levels. For more information and to register for this event, click here, or go to:

The ISRA Range is located at 1589 N 7000w Rd, Bonfield, IL 60913.

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!


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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