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Thursday Bulletin – March 14, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – March 14, 2024

March 14, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson
The Illinois 2024 Primary Election is Tuesday, March 19. Don’t Forget to Vote for Your 2A Candidates!

Democrats Intend to Force Permits on All Gun Purchases

We have been getting a number of calls on HB 3239. HB 3239 is an onerous bill that both attacks and seeks to limit your gun rights in a variety of ways. For example, this bill creates a new permitting system which requires local law-enforcement agencies to issue a permit prior to purchasing a firearm. Secondly, it requires fingerprinting of FOID card holders. Third, it requires 8 hours of hand-gun training on any firearm, or any type for any FOID application or renewal. Fourth, it requires local law enforcement to keep a registry of permits and make them available to the Illinois State Police. And lastly, it gives local law enforcement the ability to deny a permit at their discretion in the address of public safety, which creates a “MAY issue” permitting scheme, which was declared unconstitutional under Bruen.

HB 3239 is sponsored by the notorious anti-gun Illinois State Representative Maura Hirschauer, a Democrat from West Chicago. This bill is supported by Students Demand Action of Illinois, an organization financed by New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg. This bill is an example of a ‘cabal’ of legislators, front groups and billionaires’ money trying to crush the Second Amendment in Illinois, and every other state for that matter. This bill is also one of many examples of why law-abiding gun owners should attend IGOLD on April 18, 2024. 

The ISRA is working hard to crush this bill. We need your support! Please donate at:, or if you are not an ISRA member, join today.

We think some other gun bills will move soon, but we don’t expect anything to happen until after the Illinois Primary Election. We don’t know which ones they will be, yet.  We will send you an alert when we know which bills will be in committee and will be asking you to fill out witness slips on these bills. If you don’t know, or don’t remember how to fill out witness slips, go to: on the ISRA website, and scroll to the bottom of the Legislative page to watch our tutorial.

Joe Biden to Use Illinois as a Model for National Gun Ban? Not so Fast…
Executive Director Richard Pearson Discusses Joe Biden’s plans to use Illinois’ unconstitutional ban on common firearms as a model for a national ban. “I’ve done it once, and I’ll do it again” – Not while the ISRA is still standing and fighting for the rights of all citizens.


Armed Robber Killed, Armed Citizen Wounded in Chicago
A 60-year-old man was confronted outside his home around 5:30 am last Friday morning by an armed suspect who demanded the victim hand over his belongings. Instead, the homeowner chose to fight back because he had the means to defend his own life.

The victim, who is a valid FOID and CCL holder, pulled out his gun and shot the suspect several times throughout the body, but not without taking bullets himself, in his back and his arm. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. The suspect was transported to the same hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

While a concealed carry license isn’t a suit of armor or a guarantee that you’ll be unscathed in an encounter with an armed robber or car jacker, lawfully carrying a firearm at least gives you a fighting chance to defend yourself and live another day. We all must remember that when you are confronted by a criminal armed, or not, the only people there are you and the criminal. No one is coming to save you; you have to defend yourself.

Iowa House Passes $3 Million Bill to Arm & Train Teachers
The truth is, that the best way to stop a school massacre, is for there to be people with guns in the school to prevent it. That means School Resource Officers as well as staff should all be armed, and through training earn a professional permit to carry guns on school grounds. A portion of the funds could also be used to buy guns for school employees.

Feds Spy on Pro-Gun Citizens
Best to use cash to purchase firearms and ammunition. A special House Judiciary subcommittee has issued an alarming report that alleges federal law enforcement “commandeered financial institutions to spy on Americans” and used Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) “to search through transactions to detect potential criminals or ‘extremists.’”

Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights while shopping at well-known retailers such as ‘Cabela’s,’ ‘Bass Pro Shop,’ and ‘Dick’s Sporting Goods’, were being tracked by financial institutions and federal law enforcement”, the report claims.

Iconic Remington Arms Closing & Auction
Remington has announced their complete closure of their site in Ilion, New York. They are auctioning the gun-making machinery. The online auction ends March 27.

The CZ 457 Jaguar Rifle
CZ Firearms has introduced a long barreled .22 caliber rifle. The barrel is 285/8 inches, making it one the longest barrels made for .22’s. I had a model 67 – .22 caliber single-shot Winchester rifle with a 27-inch barrel. It was one of the most enjoyable rifles I ever shot.

The CZ 457 is a bolt action, box magazine-fed .22 rifle. This is a very accurate rifle. In tests, the rifle shoots under a one-half inch group, at 50 yards. It should be a real pleasure to shoot. Just remember, in long barreled rifles you should not use sub-sonic ammunition because the bullet might get stuck in the barrel. The maximum for sub-sonic.22 ammunition is a 24-inch barrel, but shorter barrel lengths work even better. The open sights on the CZ 457 Jaguar can be adjusted out to 200 yards. If I was a ground squirrel or other type of varmint, I would run for cover! 

M1 Maintenance Class – Full!

Our M1 Maintenance Class scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2024 is full, but we are starting a list for the next one. Contact the Office at 815.635.3198 and talk to Mel or Shirley. You can also email Mel or Shirley.


March 14, 1879 – Albert Einstein is Born. Einstein had a lot of trouble in school until he discovered mathematics.

March 15, 1968 – America’s Highest Tunnel. Work on the Eisenhower Tunnel began on this date. The tunnel has an elevation of more than 11,000 feet. Before the tunnel was built, the trip through that area was very scary. I drove over the old road before the tunnel was built. You could look down and see cars and trucks wrecked at the bottom of the canyons! The Eisenhower tunnel is on route 70, west of Denver, Colorado.

March 15, 44 BC – Emperor Julius Caesar Assassinated. Sixty conspirators stabbed him to death in the Roman Senate.

March 15, 1937 – The First Blood Bank Established in Chicago, Illinois.

March 16, 1802 – West Point Becomes America’s First Military Academy. The academy was reorganized in 1816 by superintendent Sylvanus Thayer—later known as the “father of West Point”—and it   became one of the nation’s finest schools for civil engineers. The cadets’ formal dress uniforms are gray – hence the name “the long gray line”. About 900 cadets graduate from Westpoint each year.

March 17, 461 – Saint Patrick Dies. In the year 433, he was ordained priest and began converting the Irish to Christianity. The anniversary of his death has become known at St. Patrick’s Day and celebrated by the Irish around the world. A number of people become Irish for one day to join in on the celebration. Corned beef and cabbage for all!

March 18, 1931 – First Electric Razor. The Schick Razor company introduced the electric razor. It was patented on May 13, 1930.

March 19, 1831 – America’s First Bank Robbery Occurred. The robbers made off with about a quarter million dollars from the City Bank of New York, in New York City (now Citibank). That’s a lot of money in 1831!

March 19, 2024 – First Day of Spring – The Spring Equinox.

March 20, 1854 – The Republican Party Founded in Ripon, Wisconsin. The Republican Party, formally the Week Party, was formed to oppose the spread of slavery in the United States.

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

Our NRA Basic Pistol Class

Open to the public. Scheduled for March 24, 2024, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm., at the ISRA Range. Limited to 10 students. The cost is $75 (ISRA member) and $150 (non-member). Class covers instruction on firearm safety, rules, ammunition types, and proper instruction of semi-auto pistols and revolvers. Topics include firearm selection, shooting fundamentals, firearm maintenance and cleaning. This class gives you 8 hours credit towards your Concealed Carry Permit.  Instructors: Mandi Ehler, Mike Cialdella & Jeff Marienthal. To register, contact ISRA Office at 815.635.3198 or via email.

Bonfield Muzzle Loaders League

Come and shoot your period firearms with others who share your passion! Next meet is April 7, from 7:00 am – 2:00 pm on Range 2 and in the Clubhouse. Open to the public. Held on the first Sunday of the month from March through December. Bring your Black Powder rifles, pistols, and shotguns. For more information contact: Tom Spurlock.

Range Schedule This Week

3-15 – Paper Steel League – Range 11 – 4:00-Dusk

3-16 – Guardian Concepts LLC Defensive Rifle 1 – Range 11 – 8:30-4:00

3-17 – Concealed Carry Renewal Class – Range 11 & Clubhouse – 9:00-12:00   

3-19 – Air Gun Practice & League – Range 12 (Indoor Range) 5:00 – 8:00

3-20 – F-Class Indoor League – Clubhouse/Range 12 – 10:00-2:00

3-20 – Air Rifle Practice & League – Range 12; Clubhouse – 11:00-3:00    


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!


If you are not an ISRA member,  join today
Upcoming Meetings:
Upcoming Range Events:

Upcoming Gun Shows & Events

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

If your club or organization is holding a gun show, event or class, let us know the details, and we’d be happy to post it in our Thursday Bulletin.

Looking for a Hunter Safety Class?  You can them here throughout the state on the IDNR website, which lists classes by county and date: 

Mar 16 – 17   Peoria Gun & Knife Show, Exposition Gardens, Peoria

Mar 23 – 24   Springfield Gun Show, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

Mar 23 – 24   Sauk Trail Gun Show, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton

Apr 13 – 14   Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Gun & Knife Show, Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club House, Chillicothe

Apr 14   Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

Apr 18   IGOLD, Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield

April 20    Civil War & Military Extravaganza, DuPage Co. Fairgrounds, Wheaton

April 20 – 21   Will County Gun Show, Will County Fairgrounds, Peotone

May 3 – 5   Pecatonica Gun Show, Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica

May 18 – 19   Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee Co. Fairgrounds, Kankakee

May 19   Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles


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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