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Thursday Bulletin – June 6, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – June 6, 2024

June 19, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson

What You Should Look for in a Shooting Range

More and more people are considering joining a shooting range. The question is what do you look for in a shooting range? Here are some tips on what to look for:

Number one, is it a safe place to shoot?
Are the rules in place to prevent accidents?
Do you get a copy of the safety rules?
When joining the range, does someone go over the rules with you to make sure you understand them?
Are there safety rules posted at various places around the ranges?
Are there several types of ranges to practice the disciplines that you would like?
Are there shelters on the ranges to protect you from the weather – be it rain or sun?
Are there a variety of distances to shoot rifles and pistols?
Is there a place to shoot shotguns?
Is drawing from a holster permitted?
Are there classes available to take to make you safer and more proficient at marksmanship?
Are there shooting leagues available?
Are those leagues friendly and welcoming? 

If you’re looking for a range that can answer yes to all the above questions, the ISRA Range is the place for you!  The Illinois State Rifle Association is the Home of Marksmanship in Illinois.

We will be giving TOURS OF OUR RANGE for prospective members, on June 22. The first tour times are between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. The second tour times are between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Each tour takes approximately 30 minutes. Please come and look over the ISRA Range and consider joining.

Special Offer on ISRA Range Memberships!

TODAY AND UNTIL JUNE 30, 2024, WE ARE OFFERING $50 OFF THE RANGE MEMBERSHIP FEE.  Just mention code 50OFF, when you are signing up.  Flyer/Order form may be downloaded here


Illinois Legislative News

The last two years ISRA has been tracking over 185-gun bills plus amendments.  Over sixty percent of these bills are aimed at infringing the 2nd Amendment.  The session in 2024 has been very interesting in that the General Assembly did not advance any bills early in the session but had a flurry of activity the last two weeks before adjournment.  The ISRA Government Affairs team was able to keep all gun bills that were under discussion from being called at the end of session.  The following bills were under discussion at the end of Session:

Cook County Forest Preserve (HB3791)

Mr. Solomon was stopped after dark next to his car in a Cook Forest Preserve after fishing.  He offered to law enforcement that he was carrying a concealed firearm and had a valid CCL permit.  He was subsequently arrested as the entirety of the Cook Forest Preserve is a prohibited place under the State’s CCL law.  Mr. Solomon challenged his arrest in court under the grounds that the entirety of the Cook Forest Preserve should not be declared a “Sensitive Place” and off limits to conceal carry.  He won his case, and the judge gave the General Assembly several months to amend the CCL law.  This was a few years ago and the General Assembly failed to amend the law.  HB3791 is Cook Counties attempt to once again enact a prohibition on carrying a firearm in the Forest Preserve.  Of concern with the bill is the ability of other counties to enact the same prohibition.  This would be a hit to the State’s preemption laws that ISRA has fought to maintain for over a decade.

Lost/Stolen Firearms (HB5595 & SB3737)

The lost & stolen firearm bill is an attempt to combat straw purchasers and the flow of illegal guns. Unfortunately, the bill goes too far and criminalizes law abiding citizens if they fail to report if they lost or had their firearms stolen within forty-eight hours of learning they have been lost/stolen.  The issue with this bill is the ambiguity around when a person learns the firearm has been lost or stolen.  The bill also would take away a FOID card on an administrative error. The bill also increases the penalty for a misdemeanor and allows the ISP to deny or revoke a FOID.  ISRA is presently tracking the Rahimi v United States case before SCOTUS.  This case is about what level of a charge a person can be denied their 2nd Amendment rights.  Before SCOTUS the Solicitor General said they believed it should be a felony case or above.

Karina’s Law (various bills)

Karina Gonzalez and her daughter were shot to death by her husband two weeks after she filed a restraining order against him.  The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago failed to enforce the restraining order and a clear and present danger report against the husband.  The bill would allow a judge to order guns seized and turned over to law enforcement.  ISRA has been in discussions with the stakeholders for over a year.  We have indicated that this bill should not move forward prior to the Rahimi v United States case is resolved before the SCOTUS. Once again, the issue is whether a person should lose their 2nd Amendment rights for a misdemeanor.  This bill has other opposition other than ISRA, so it never really got to the level of a committee vote.

Safe Storage of Firearms (SB3527 am4)

The only bill that made it to committee for a potential vote was SB3527.  With amendment number four the bill would require a safe storage device in your home, car, or place of business if you “reasonably knew” a person 18 years of age or below (changed from 14) would potentially have access to your firearms and was in a category described in the bill.  One category is a “prohibited person” a prohibitive person is described as anyone not eligible to possess firearms under state or federal law. Anyone that does not have a FOID card is a prohibited person under this definition. SB3527 also allowed for a civil penalty and cause of action in a civil judgement for the first time.

Litigation Updates

The ISRA Government Affairs team has been arguing to the various members of the General Assembly that it would be premature to vote on various bills that would take away a 2nd Amendment right for an administrative error or a charge at the misdemeanor level or below. We have continually cited the Rahimi v United States case as the reason for a pause.  The Solicitor General was asked in oral arguments by various justices to explain what level of a charge would be permitted to deny a 2nd Amendment right.  The Solicitor General indicated a felony level.  The Rahimi case has the potential to upend our current FOID card statues.

A second case that was argued before the Illinois Supreme Court the last week of session was Davis v Yenchko.  The Davis brothers were charged with felony possession of a firearm for firing rounds into the air in an apparent celebration. They sued indicating they should never lose their FOID card and therefore their 2nd Amendment rights over a charge and not a conviction.  The IL AG’s office argued before the IL Supreme Court that the court should wait to rule on the case before the pending outcome of the Rahimi case.

The irony was not lost on the ISRA Government Affairs team that the AG’s office argued to not make a ruling on a gun case until the Rahimi Case was settled.  We pointed out this irony to the Senate Chief of Staff and the AG’s office. After those meetings all gun bills were halted.

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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 6, 1918 – The Battle of Belleau Wood

The first large-scale involvement of American troops in World War I began at Belleau Wood in France. U.S. forces under command of General John J. Pershing, help stop the German advance on June 6. The withdrawal of Russia from World War I, allowed the Germans to transfer fifty divisions to the Western front. The Germans were bound to deny any American advances. This battle lasted until June 26.

In 1918, American forces were made up of both United States Army and Marine groups. The Marines, backed by U.S. Army units were the tip of the spear. They had always emphasized marksmanship and concentrated rifle fire. The Germans attacked with four divisions on June 6, 1918. The Marines held their fire until the Germans were within 100 yards. They then opened fire and literally mowed down the advancing German troops, forcing them to retreat. By the end of June, the American troops and Allies had forced the Germans out of Belleau Wood. Retreating French soldiers had warned the Americans that the Germans were coming, and that they should withdraw. Marine Captain Lloyd Williams told the French, “Retreat hell! We just got here.”

General John J. Pershing said after the battle “The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.” It is also after the battle that the Marines earned the nickname Teufelshunde or “Devil Dogs”, by the German commanders – the dogs who guard the gates of Hell. Marksmanship counts! 

June 6, 1944 – Today is the 80th Anniversary of D-Day 

Eighty years ago today, about 160,000 Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy, code-named “Operation Neptune”.  There were five beaches code-named “Gold, Juno, Sword, Omaha and Utah”. American troops landed on the Omaha and Utah beaches.

On this 80th anniversary, we must remember several things. We must remember the bravery of these men who took part in the largest invasion in history. Their courage must be recognized for all time. 4,114 Allied troops died that day and many more were to die before World War II ended. We should all remember the 16.4 million Americans who fought in the war. Estimates by the end of this year are that there will be less than 100,000 American veterans who served in World War II, still alive.

At a recent parachute jump commemorating D-Day, several American veterans jumped out of three historic C-47s. The youngest of these was 96 and the oldest was 107. This gives you an idea of how old these great World War II veterans are.

Please take time to thank any veteran for the sacrifices they made to keep the world free. Teach these lessons to your children, grandchildren, and probably great grandchildren. It is absolutely paramount that the younger generation understands what the United States of America is and stands for.

​June 7, 1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia Presents the Lee Resolution to the Continental Congress. 

The resolution declared that the United Colonies are and should be free and independent states. On July 2, 1776, the resolution was passed. On July 4, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

June 8, 1998 – Charlton Heston Becomes President of the National Rifle Association.

June 11, 1979 – John Wayne Dies of Cancer. John Wayne began his film career in the 1920s. He often had lunch with Wyatt Earp who served as an advisor on western films in Hollywood. He died at age 72, after battling cancer for more than a decade.

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