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Thursday Bulletins

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 26, 2023

January 26, 2023

Yesterday, January 25, 2023, our attorney David Sigale filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction in our challenge to the new Illinois law which infringes on citizens’ Second Amendment Rights.  The...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 19, 2023

January 19, 2023

As you may know, the Illinois State Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, and the Firearms Policy Coalition has filed a lawsuit against the so-called “assault weapons“ ban signed into law...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

When the sun came up over Illinois on Wednesday morning everything looked the same as it did on Tuesday morning, but it was not the same.  Governor Pritzker had signed...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 05, 2023

January 5, 2023

So far, 2022 has gone well.  I have written four or five checks and every one of them had the right year on the date line.  This year the ISRA...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 29, 2022

December 29, 2022

It is hard to believe that this will be the last Thursday Bulletin (TB) of 2022.   Each year, the Thursday Bulletins total around 95,000 to 100,000 words.  I want to...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 22, 2022

December 22, 2022

In California, the legislature passed a law that is described as “Fee Shifting“.  What this means is that if people or entities bring suit against the State of California for...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 15, 2022

December 15, 2022

There are a lot of moving parts on the firearms front across the United States with all kinds of proposed legislation and litigation.  The left-wing anti-gun faction along with a...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 8, 2022

December 8, 2022

By now most of you know about HB5855 and its terrible provisions.  I have been getting lots of calls and emails so I will reiterate the data points in a...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

ISRA General Counsel, David Sigale, has been recognized as Defender of the Month by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  Congratulations to Mr. Sigale, a...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 24, 2022

November 23, 2022

Let me start off by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year.  Thanksgiving is not about Black Friday sales, special deals on...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 17, 2022

November 17, 2022

The Illinois State Rifle Association Range in Bonfield, Illinois, has been recognized as a Five Star Range by the National Shootings Sports Foundation.  The ISRA Range has been a Four...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022

Federal Judge Glenn Suddaby issued a preliminary injunction against New York State’s so-called “Concealed Carry Improvement Act”.  Judge Suddaby cited numerous constitutional violations in the New York act.  The Judge’s...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 3, 2022

November 3, 2022

The Midterm Elections are only five days away.  Many voters have already voted using early voting.  The problem with early voting is that in the week prior to an election,...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 27, 2022

October 27, 2022

Brilliant Fall colors are brightening the countryside and neighborhoods.  They will only be around a little longer so enjoy them.  The trees are more striking than they have been in...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 20, 2022

October 20, 2022

In some parts of Illinois, we have seen freezing temperatures and even a skiff of snow.  It will warm up this week and we will have Indian Summer for a...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 13, 2022

October 13, 2022

Look for the trees to achieve their full fall colors in the next 10 days.  This is my favorite time of the year.  Most of the crops in the state...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 6, 2022

October 6, 2022

On September 30th and October 1st and 2nd, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) held Range Officer classes, Pistol Marksmanship 101 classes and Rifle Marksmanship 101...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022

September is slipping away and the Midterm Elections are rapidly approaching.  The Midterms are only 40 days away.  There are a lot of elections that are far from being decided. ...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 22, 2022

September 22, 2022

Autumn has officially arrived today.  Archery deer season will start in nine days.  At the moment, very few of the crops are out.  This will happen quickly depending on the...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 15, 2022

September 15, 2022

Last weekend, September 10th and 11th, was one of the ISRA’s busiest weekends at the ISRA Range in Bonfield.  The 86th State Smallbore Championship had 36 competitors; Massod Ayoob’s MAG...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 8, 2022

September 8, 2022

Labor Day is the unofficial start of the Midterm Election season.  As of today, we are only 60 days from Election Day.  That means your mailbox is going to be...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 1, 2022

September 1, 2022

Today is what I consider to be the first day of hunting season.  Today is the beginning of Dove Season.  The Dove Season will end on November 14th.  The late...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 25, 2022

August 25, 2022

The Smallbore National Championships are over.  One of the last matches this year is the Pershing Trophy Match.  This is a match between the United States Smallbore Team and the...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 18, 2022

August 18, 2022

We are hearing the push for so-called “assault weapons“ bans in the Chicago suburbs.  I imagine we will see a push for this in the Illinois General Assembly in a...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 11, 2022

August 11, 2022

On January 1, 2023, the SAFE-T Act will be the law in Illinois.  While many tout the SAFE-T Act, I personally feel it is a really bad piece of legislation. ...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 4, 2022

August 4, 2022

We all know that Nancy Pelosi, with the help of two Republican Congressmen, one from New York and one from Pennsylvania, passed H. R. 1808, the assault weapons ban.  The...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 28, 2022

July 28, 2022

The shortening days are starting to have effects on the color of the trees.  The first day of summer produces a rich green color that is similar to almost all...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 21, 2022

July 21, 2022

On Tuesday night, the Naperville City Council met to consider and hear comments from the public regarding the proposed ban on the sale of so-called assault weapons in the City...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 14, 2022

July 14, 2022

There is action in the Illinois General Assembly because of the Highland Park Shooting.  These are so-called “assault weapons bans”.  In The Illinois House of Representatives, the bill is HB5522...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

The NYSR&PA victory has already had some positive results.  Several gun rights cases have been remanded to lower courts for review.  Branchi et al v Frosh, Maryland, and Duncan v...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

The major Supreme Court decisions we are seeing are thanks to former President Donald Trump.  We can all tell how important they are by the wailing and gnashing of teeth...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of the gun owners in the New York Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen.  The Supreme Court has also...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022

We have been waiting for a ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court on the People v Vivian Claudine Brown case.   The Brown case dealt with whether or not the FOID...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

On Monday, June 6, 2022, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart held a press conference to announce his proposal to make all ammunition sales go through a State Police “FTIP” check...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

The NRA did as well as they could at the Annual Meeting which was held in Houston this past weekend considering the circumstances.  The attendance was down but it was...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

All law-abiding gun owners are outraged and saddened by the crime perpetrated by a madman in Uvalde, Texas.  All of us should join the people of Uvalde, Texas, in grieving...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022

The NRA Annual Meeting is fast approaching and the announcement of former President Donald Trump’s attendance is adding more controversy to the meeting.  There are those who think some of...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

The NRA Annual Meetings will be in Dallas, Texas, on May 27,28 and 29.  There is a fight shaping up for the Executive Vice President for the NRA.  That position...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) holders have started receiving notifications about their renewal from the Illinois State Police (ISP).  If you have not yet received a notice, you may get...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – April 28, 2022

April 28, 2022

Warm weather is gradually on the way.  I see more people at shooting ranges seeking a cure for cabin fever.  May is just around the corner and that means shooting activities...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – April 21, 2022

April 21, 2022

We are about to experience our first brush of early summer weather which is great news for all of us who love shooting outdoors.  You may see some new faces...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – April 14, 2022

April 14, 2022

As most of you know, the unserialized firearm bill or “Ghost Gun bill” HB4383 Amendment #2 passed the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate and is headed for...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – April 7, 2022

April 7, 2022

IGOLD 2022 is in the history books.  As we expected, it was smaller this year but it was still a success.  I would like to thank all the members, volunteers,...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – March 31, 2022

March 31, 2022

Winter has slipped away, Day Light Savings Time is here, and the first of April is hours away.  The outdoor shooting season has finally arrived.  The days are growing longer...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – March 24, 2022

March 24, 2022

Last week, I wrote about a Quinnipiac Poll regarding people who would defend the United States and who would not defend this country should we be attacked as they have...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – March 17, 2022

March 17, 2022

Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama signed the Alabama Constitutional Carry bill into law one hour after it passed the final vote last week. The sponsor of the bill was Representative...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – March 10, 2022

March 10, 2022

The long-time leftist dream of destroying the National Rifle Association (NRA) got a setback on Thursday, March 3, 2022.  New York Attorney General Letitia James had part of her lawsuit...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – March 3, 2022

March 3, 2022

A friend of mine sent me a picture of a 79-year-old Ukrainian woman getting her first lesson on how to shoot an AK47 obviously in preparation of the Russian invasion...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – February 24, 2022

February 24, 2022

It seems that no matter which way we look, some government somewhere is tightening the noose of government control to lessen the freedom of law-abiding citizens to make their voices...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – February 17, 2022

February 17, 2022

The Illinois State Police (ISP) has released a statement regarding their efforts in getting FOID cards processed.  Actually, the ISP does a good job as long as the person fills...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – February 10, 2022

February 10, 2022

The online publication “The Reload” reported what we already suspected about the NRA and their financial condition. The phalanx of lawsuits launched against the NRA and Executive Vice President, Wayne...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – February 3, 2022

February 3, 2022

Since the Biden Regime has taken control of the government, we have been inundated with experts who are telling us, or at least trying to tell us, what to think. ...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 27, 2022

January 27, 2022

I have not flown for a couple of years.  The last time I flew before this SHOT Show was in 2019.  Going out and coming back this time was even...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022

As promised, I am at the SHOT Show.  Attendance is down about 33% and the number of exhibitors is down 25%.  Many of those who are here have cut down...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has issued a Scam Alert to those trying to purchase high demand shooting products online. There are bogus websites and offers out there for...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – January 6, 2022

January 6, 2022

The first week of the 2022 General Assembly has been canceled.  We will be starting on Tuesday, January 11th in the House of Representatives.  The Senate is canceled next week. ...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 30, 2021

December 30, 2021

Reports on the Illinois deer harvest show a 12% drop in the number of deer taken so far.  There is an antlerless season in January but the major numbers are...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 23, 2021

December 23, 2021

Christmas is on our doorstep and with memories of Christmases past.  To say that Christmas was a big deal at the Pearson house would be an understatement.  Both my mother...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 16, 2021

December 16, 2021

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns seems to remain clueless about what causes the major increase in the murder rate in America's largest cities.  These people cannot seem to grasp the...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 9, 2021

December 9, 2021

Sunday morning, I was sitting in my mother-in-law’s kitchen gazing out the patio doors at the huge hard maple tree that dominates her back yard.  There were only two leaves...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 2, 2021

December 2, 2021

On Black Friday week the National Shooting Sports Foundation, NSSF, reported that there more than 683,000 background checks performed.  This period includes November 20, 2021 thru November 25, 2021.  This...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 25, 2021

November 25, 2021

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy It is customary...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 18, 2021

November 18, 2021

I looked at the calendar and was shocked to see how fast Thanksgiving is catching up with us.  Not only that but Christmas is not far behind.  Somehow when Halloween...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 11, 2021

November 11, 2021

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 World War I (WW I) ended.  WW I had left 9 million soldiers dead, 21 million...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021

The results of the Virginia gubernatorial election are in and I am pleased to say the very anti-gun Terry McAuliffe was upset by newcomer Glenn Youngkin.  McAuliffe trotted every major...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 28, 2021

October 28, 2021

When you leave the house, the brisk morning air tantalizes your face.  There is little question that Fall is upon us.  If winter continues to be as wet as the...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021

The Virginia gubernatorial is a race to watch.  On November 2, 2021, Virginia will elect a new governor.  The race is between anti-gun former Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

The cool winds of Fall are sweeping across the cities, towns, villages and prairies of Illinois.  The grain harvest is progressing although slowed by rain in certain areas.  On the...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

The FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2020 is out.  In 2020, legally armed citizens killed more criminals than the police.  Armed citizens killed 343 criminals and the police killed 298 criminals. ...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 30, 2021

September 30, 2021

The numbers of FOID cards and Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses (ICCL) keep rising In Illinois.  The same is true in other states.  These facts come as no surprise.  The United...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

Michael Bloomberg has already begun to pour money into the 2022 election campaigns.  In Virginia, long time anti-gun politician Terry McAuliffe is running for Governor.  Michael Bloomberg has already poured...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 16, 2021

September 16, 2021

When American citizens are asked about Washington D.C., the term “swamp” comes to mind.  The question is what is the swamp?  How does it manifest itself to influence American life? ...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 9, 2021

September 9, 2021

Remembering 9/11/2001 It is hard to believe that 9/11/2001 was 20 years ago.  I, like many of you, remember where I was and what I was doing when the terrorist...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 2, 2021

September 2, 2021

The talking heads in Washington including government types, media mouthpieces and so-called experts are claiming the war in Afghanistan is over.  These people have lied so much that they are...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021

What the Biden Administration is doing in Afghanistan is more than a blemish on the reputation of the United States, it is a scar that will be there forever.  Moreover,...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 19, 2021

August 19, 2021

One to the topics few people understand is the new District Map and how it will affect their Second Amendment Rights.  Just to refresh everyone, there is a census every...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 12, 2021

August 12, 2021

On August 2, 2021, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed HB 562 with Senate Amendments 1 & 2, known as the FOID Modernization Act.  There are all kinds of gnashing of teeth...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 5, 2021

August 5, 2021

The Reload, a publication which reports firearm news, reports that David Chipman, Biden’s nominee for ATF Director and former Chief Advisor to the Gifford’s anti-gun organization, has had racial complaints...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

Sunday August 1, 2021, will be the beginning of squirrel season in Illinois.  This will kick off the Fall hunting seasons.  There are those who turn their nose up at...

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

As predicted, the 4th of July violence broke out in Chicago despite extra police presence in certain parts of the city.  The rough totals for the weekend were 108 shot...

“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