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Thursday Bulletin – May 9, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – May 9, 2024

May 16, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson

High-Capacity Magazines
Anti-gunners in the United States, like to characterize any magazine that has more than 10 rounds in it, as a high-capacity magazine. This of course is utter hogwash. They’re just standard capacity magazines. But for the sake of argument, it looks like they – the anti-gunners – are losing the battle. The latest figures showed there are 964 million magazines in the United States. Of these magazines, 717 million would be classified as high capacity by the anti-gun side. By the time you read this, it’ll be 720 million, or more.

Limiting the number of rounds a magazine can hold, of course only helps the criminals! For some reason, our legislators seem to be on the criminal side. I congratulate all those who have magazines that are more than 10 rounds for defending themselves, and freedom at the same time.

Dangerous Jobs

Delivery drivers of all kinds are often the subject of crimes. In Cleveland, Ohio, one Amazon driver decided to carry his concealed carry firearm on duty. Many company policies dictate that employees cannot carry firearms while at work. Of course, the company bigwigs are not the ones at risk. They have their own security. Thankfully, the Amazon driver decided to defend himself, anyway. His truck was the subject of an attempted hijacking.

The driver defended himself and shot the hijacker, who got away with the truck, but died shortly thereafter. Just for the record, another Amazon driver was murdered in January while delivering packages in the state of Washington. The Washington state senators are now discussing increased death benefits for people in the delivery, livery and rideshare businesses. I think their time would be better spent by offering a reward for those who defend themselves by taking a piece of scum off the street!


Legislative Update Right Now in Springfield
The ISRA lobbyists are doing a fabulous job. No anti-gun bills have moved so far. There are only a few weeks left in the legislative session. The legislature will adjourn on May 31. There’s always a chance for a special session in the summer, but we will have to wait and see. If a summer session does occur, bills must pass with the super majority, which means that 60% of the members of the General Assembly has to vote on them. That makes it tougher for everybody.

Litigation News

On the litigation front, our court cases are grinding along with the speed of a sloth.

The Harrel v Raoul lawsuit will have a status hearing on May 16 in the Federal Court for the Southern District of Illinois. This case is before Judge McGlynn, and we may have some more directions after the 16th or shortly after the 16th.

The Reece v Raoul lawsuit deals with the purchase of firearms during the short preliminary injunction period issued by Judge McGlynn last year. All the papers for appeal have been filed in that case. We are waiting for a reply from the court. As always, we will keep you updated.

The Schoenthal v Raoul lawsuit deals with concealed-carry on public transportation. All our filings have been completed for summary judgment. The judge is now reviewing our documents.


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May 9, 1914 – The First Mother’s Day

President Woodrow Wilson proclaims the first national Mother’s Day holiday. The idea came from Julia Ward Howe in 1872, but others credit Anna Jarvis in 1907. Several states had a day of recognition for Mother’s Day, but it was not until President Wilson established the second Sunday of May as the official Mother’s Day. Thank you to all mothers out there!


May 9, 1978 – Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro Assassinated

He was found dead in the back of a car in Rome, Italy. Moro has been kidnapped by a group of left-wing terrorists called the Red Brigade.


May 10, 1773 – The British Tea Act

British parliament passes the Tea Act. The Tea Act was an effort to squeeze as much money out of the American Colonies as possible. This along with a series of other acts, infuriated the colonists, and was a major cause of the Revolutionary War. There is no one thing that caused the Revolutionary War, but rather a series of events that “lit the fuse to a powder keg” which would “blow up in the British government’s face”.


May 11, 1934 – The Great Dust Storm  

A great dust storm sweeps across the plains and carries dust to the East Coast and out into the Atlantic Ocean. This storm caught everyone’s attention. Many farmers were destroyed financially by this storm, as well as other parts of the economy. This led to the farming conservation practices that we have today, to help prevent such events from happening ever again.


May 12, 1957 – Race Car Driver A.J. Foyt Realizes First Victory on the professional race car circuit. He went on to win his first Indy 500 in 1961.


May 15, 1942 – Army Women Helped Defeat Hitler

Congress passes, and the president signs legislation creating the Women’s Army Corps (WACS). In all, 16,000 women joined the army and served as clerks, radio operators, and air traffic controllers. Women served in every theater of operation during World War II.

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!


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.

May 17 –  Kids & Clays Charity Fundraiser, Decatur Gun Club

May 18 –   ISRA Range Open House Tours

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

May 18 – 19   Introductory Wingshooting Clinic, Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area, Wilmington

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

June 1 –  Youth Wingshooting Clinic, Gardner Camp, Hull

June 1– 2   Hunter Clinic, Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area, Wilmington

June 7 –  Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Workshop, Northern Illinois University/Lorado Taft Field Campus, Oregon

June 8 – 9   Introductory Wingshooting Clinic, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area, Chandlerville

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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