January 12, 2024
An update to our Thursday Bulletin from yesterday (1/11/24) –
Our article about the ISP not pursuing charges did not make it clear that the ISP only agreed not to pursue charges on those who register their commonly owned firearms, banned under PICA, after January 1st. For that, we apologize.
However, while the ISP are keeping the soon to be found unconstitutional list open & encouraging late registration, the law clearly states that registration must occur prior to January 1st. In addition, there are no rules governing how law enforcement requests for PICA data are handled. Any law enforcement agency or state’s attorney who want these common firearms removed, might be able to acquire a list of who registered in their jurisdiction after the deadline. Late registrants are technically in violation of the law despite the promises from the ISP, and could possibly face legal action from those agencies.
Be very careful in these uncharted waters and watch the ISRA for the latest information.
Another issue that has been asked of us many times is our relationship with the NRA as it relates to this ban on commonly owned firearms in Illinois. Lots of folks seem to think that we receive support from the NRA and there has been a lot of misinformation about their involvement in the legislative process.
The NRA and ISRA are completely separate organizations. They do not support the ISRA financially or with other resources. As for the fight against the firearms ban, the NRA lobbyist did testify at a subject matter hearing in December 2022 along with several other groups including the ISRA. They did not testify at any hearings on the legislation itself during the time it was making its way through the Capitol in Springfield, nor did they testify at any of the public JCAR hearings in November 2023.
“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.”
“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”
“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.”
“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.”
“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”
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.”
“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
“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.”
“Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime.”
“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”