• Reminder: Saturday - March For Our Rights comes to Wheaton!

    ISRA Alert: Saturday - July 20, 2019 - March For Our Rights comes to Wheaton! Summary: March For Our Rights, a student-led group, will rally in Wheaton on July 20 at Memorial Park at 10:00 am The student-led, nationwide "March For Our Rights" organization will hold their 2nd annual Chicagoland Rally in Wheaton on July 20, from 10am until noon at Memorial Park, 208 W Union Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187 Last year this group and lead organizer Anthony Bartosiewicz put together a successful rally in a downtown Chicago park. This year they are putting together an even bigger event at Memorial Park in Wheaton. Speakers include: Illinois State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-66) Jamisen Swinney - Teenage member of PragerFORCE Rhonda Ezell - Chicago Guns Matter, plaintiff in Ezell v Chicago Ayesha Shafiuddin - Wheaton North HS, local conservative advocate Mary Schuster-Callison - 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control Kwasi Amoah - 761st Gun Club Nicki Stallard - Pink Pistols, San Jose Alex Heinz - Wheaton North Speech Team Matthew Siderius - Wheaton North Speech Team Make sure that you show up to lend support to this national movement! Check out ISRA's website at www.isra.org! Tell us what you think! Follow the ISRA on Twitter and Facebook. Give the gift of an ISRA membership. Not an ISRA Member? Join Today! […]

  • ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 18, 2019

    ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 18, 2019 Executive Directors Message As you know by now, the Illinois State Rifle Association has filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the enforcement of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. The request was filed Tuesday in the Circuit Court for The Seventh Judicial District, Sangamon County. If we receive the TRO we will file for a Permanent injunction against the GDL Act. We will keep you posted on what happens. Senate Bill 337 was passed in the 100th General Assembly but was never sent to then Governor Bruce Rauner because Second Amendment rights opponents knew he would veto it. After Governor JB Pritzker was sworn in as Governor, SB 337 was sent to him even though the 100th General Assembly had ended and the 101st General Assembly had already begun. The law requires federally licensed gun dealers to obtain a state license to sell firearms. Federal licenses cost $90 for three years. A dealer with no posted hours must pay $300 for a three-year license – more than 300 percent of what the cost of a federal dealer license is. If a dealer has posted hours (even as little as one hour), the dealer must pay $1,500 for a three-year state license – more than 16 times the cost of a federal license. The political gamesmanship to get this legislation signed into law is appalling. Rules and deadlines apparently mean nothing to advocates for gun control. Senate Bill 337 should have died in the 100th General Assembly and as a result, we are left with no choice but to challenge this terrible new law in court. The federal government already licenses gun dealers. All this does is create more red tape and increase the cost of doing business. According to a recent news report from the Center Square, there are 2,351 federally licensed firearms dealers in Illinois but only 1,140 of those dealers applied for states licenses – a difference of 1,211 or more than half the number of federally licensed dealers. There are now more than 1,200 local businesses no longer in business thanks to this law. It is a blow to the Second Amendment and to the Illinois economy. This law was never about public safety. It was always intended to have a chilling effect on the firearms industry, and it is working. The ISRA will keep fighting to get this onerous law overturned. This is the 100th anniversary of the National Rifle Association Smallbore National Championships. The Illinois State Rifle Association will hold our 83rd consecutive State Championship on September 7 and 8 at the ISRA Range in Bonfield. This event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NRA Championships. The ISRA Championship is now the longest running, continuos Smallbore Championships in the United States. The NRA Championships were not held during WWII but the ISRA Championships were. The ISRA is proud of our tradition of holding and participating in the finest marksmanship events in the Nation. The County Sanctuary has gained a foothold in Texas. The Presidio County Commissioners have voted unanimously to become a Sanctuary County for Gun Rights. The unusual part of this story is that the Commissioners of Presidio County are all Democrats. Gun Rights cut across party lines. Presidio County is 3855 square miles which is larger than some countries. Thanks for being a member. If you are not a member, JOIN NOW! Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar For more information, visit www.isra.org Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2019 MTG Advanced Handgun Skills Saturday, July 20, 2019 ISRA Marksmanship League Sunday, July 21, 2019 ISRA Bullseye Match TNIRL National Match Team Warm-up Springfield Pistol Match Monday, July 22, 2019 Military Benchrest Rifle League Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Benchrest League F-Class Rifle League Paper and Steel League Saturday, July 27, 2019 The Well Armed Woman Sunday, July 28, 2019 Glock League ISRA Marksmanship League ISRA Marksmanship .22 Challenge ISRA 2A Women Meeting Illinois Gun and Trade Shows Bloomington Gun and Knife Show Bloomington, IL – Interstate Center Dates: August 10-11, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $6.00 Belleville Gun and Knife Show Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center Dates: August 24-25, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $6.00 Lake County Gun and Sportsman Show Antioch, IL – Antioch VFW Date: August 25, 2019 Hours: Sunday: 8:00-2:00 Admission: $7.00 Check out ISRA's website at www.isra.org! Tell us what you think! Follow the ISRA on Twitter and Facebook. Please Donate to protect your 2nd Amendment rights! Give the gift of an ISRA membership. Not an ISRA Member? Join Today! […]

  • ISRA Alert - ISRA Challenges Law Requiring Gun Dealers to Obtain a State License

    Dear ISRA member, Today, the Illinois State Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit challenging the state licensure measure Governor JB Pritzker signed into law shortly after taking office. Senate Bill 337 was passed in the 100th General Assembly but was never sent to then Governor Bruce Rauner because 2nd Amendment rights opponents knew he would veto it. After Governor JB Pritzker was sworn in as Governor, SB 337 was sent to him even though the 100th General Assembly had ended and the 101st General Assembly had already begun. The law requires federally licensed gun dealers to obtain a state license to sell firearms. Federal licenses cost $90 for three years. A dealer with no posted hours must pay $300 for a three-year license – more than 300 percent of what the cost of a federal dealer license is. If a dealer has posted hours (even as little as one hour) the dealer must pay $1,500 for a three-year state license – more than 16 times the cost of a federal license. The political gamesmanship to get this legislation signed into law is appalling. Rules and deadlines apparently mean nothing to advocates for gun control. Senate Bill 337 should have died in the 100th General Assembly and as a result, we are left with no choice but to challenge this terrible new law in court. The federal government already licenses gun dealers. All this does is create more red tape and increase the cost of doing business. According to a recent news report from the Center Square, there are 2,351 federally licensed firearms dealers in Illinois but only 1,140 of those dealers applied for states licenses – a difference of 1,211 or more than half the number of federally licensed dealers. There are now more than 1,200 local businesses no longer in business thanks to this law. It is a blow to the 2nd Amendment and to the Illinois economy. This law was never about public safety. It was always intended to have a chilling effect on the firearms industry, and it is working. It is a blow to the 2nd Amendment and to the Illinois economy. The ISRA will keep fighting to get this onerous law overturned. One of the ways the ISRA stands up for 2nd Amendment rights in Illinois is to file court challenges to gun control laws. The ISRA has won 16 court challenges in a row. We are pleased with the tremendous success of these court challenges and we would like to be able to do more but these lawsuits are expensive. If you would like to help us fight this and other lawsuits, select this link and make a donation today. As always, thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Richard Pearson Executive Director Illinois State Rifle Association For more information on the 2nd Amendment issues facing Illinois, log onto www.isra.org. Follow the ISRA on Twitter and Facebook. Give the gift of an ISRA membership. Not an ISRA Member? Join Today! […]

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  • ISRA Alert - To Our FFL Friends: SB 337

    Dear FFL Friend, One of the most onerous state requirements for firearms dealers is now the law of the land in Illinois. As you well know, Senate Bill 337 was passed in the 100th General Assembly but was never sent to then Governor Bruce Rauner because 2nd Amendment rights opponents knew he would veto it. After Governor JB Pritzker was sworn in as Governor, SB 337 was sent to him even though the 100th General Assembly had ended and the 101st General Assembly had already begun. The law requires federally licensed gun dealers to obtain a state license to sell firearms. Federal licenses cost $90 for three years. A dealer with no posted hours must pay $300 for a three-year license – more than 300 percent of what the cost of a federal dealer license is. If a dealer has posted hours (even as little as one hour) the dealer must pay $1,500 for a three-year state license – more than 16 times the cost of a federal license. According to a recent news report from the Center Square, there are 2,351 federally licensed firearms dealers in Illinois but only 1,140 of those dealers applied for states licenses – a difference of 1,211 or more than half the number of federally licensed dealers. There are now more than 1,200 local businesses no longer in business thanks to this law. It is a blow to the 2nd Amendment and to the Illinois economy. This law was never about public safety. It was always intended to have a chilling effect on the firearms industry, and it is working. It is a blow to the 2nd Amendment and to the Illinois economy. The ISRA will keep fighting to get this onerous law overturned. The Illinois State Rifle Association is challenging this terrible new law in court. These court challenges are not cheap and we would love for you to contribute to help us continue our court challenge by joining our organization and to help us recruit new ISRA members. Many more members would really help us fight bad laws like this, and you can help! We are asking you to print our membership forms and to urge your customers to join the Illinois State Rifle Association. Growing our membership will help us be in a better position to stop bad bills like SB 337 from becoming law in the first place. We need your help to grow our membership. Please click here and print our membership form and place it in your store and encourage your customers to fight for firearm dealers by joining the Illinois State Rifle Association. Thank you for your time and consideration. We will continue to stand up for firearms dealers and to defend our 2nd Amendment rights. This is our mission and with your help we can continue our streak of 16 successful court challenges in a row. Sincerely, Richard Pearson Executive Director Illinois State Rifle Association For more information on the 2nd Amendment issues facing Illinois, log onto www.isra.org. Follow the ISRA on Twitter and Facebook. Give the gift of an ISRA membership. Not an ISRA Member? Join Today! […]

  • ISRA Alert - July 17 - Meet the Gun-Grabbers - Town Hall Meeting in Franklin Park

    ISRA Alert: Meet the Gun-Grabbers - Town Hall Meeting in Franklin Park July 17, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave, Franklin Park, IL Summary: Anti-Gun Representative Kathleen Willis and Anti-Gun Senator Dan Harmon are holding this open meeting in a public building during evening hours. You need to attend and make your voice heard. Anti-gun legislators responsible for the closing of up to several hundred FFLs, mostly small businesses, and many in rural areas, are holding a town hall meeting. Kathleen Willis has pushed SB1966, which would penalize FOID holders, past the IL House and is trying for Senate passage with her sponsor Julie Morrison. (this is the same Senator Morrison recently seen on video calling for confiscation of your semi-automatic firearms) Who: Representative Kathleen Willis and State Senator Dan Harmon, along with fellow representative Camille Lilly Where: The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave, Franklin Park, IL. This is a facility of the Franklin Park Park District. When: July 17, 7:00pm to 8:30pm What: Town Hall Meeting, open to the public. The meeting is being held in a public place in park district facilities, and announced as open to the public, no one has mentioned "registration". Get there early to get a seat. Form a carpool and bring your friends. Think about the recent legislative attempts, think about your local FFL going out of business, think about giving Kathleen Willis your fingerprints. Now think up two good questions in advance of attending. You have your smartphone, but consider bringing your video camera. "Legislators say the darnedest things", let's capture those precious moments, together. Wear your favorite Second Amendment clothing. Why is it important to go? After years of trying, Kathleen Willis and Dan Harmon have finally managed to pass a Gun Dealer License act that is already seeing many small rural FFLs close up shop. This threatens to chill the availability of firearms and ammunition for self-defense and sport in all corners of the state. The actual implementation of the Gun Dealer Licensing is a fiasco and may be unmanageable. Kathleen Willis wants you to pay a fine for being a gun owner, and wants to take your fingerprints, treating you like a criminal. Kathleen Willis wants to ban all firearms private transactions, unless they go through decreasing number of newly Illinois-Licensed FFLs for a price-controlled fee that the FFLs can't function under Kathleen Willis, Dan Harmon and the other anti-gunners really want to take all of your firearms, and think the steps above are incremental, the things they can get away with now. Kathleen Willis' and Dan Harmon's actions impact all Illinois Gun Owners, you and your friends need to share this with them. Get there. Get there early, get there on time, but get there. Talking points on SB1966: Blames lawful gun owners for sensationalized violence committed by prohibited persons. Attempts to make gun ownership a financial and procedural hardship. Requires fingerprints to exercise a constitutional right. Bans private transfers that already occur under a background check. Unlawfully sets price controls on FFL and fingerprint services. Check out ISRA's website at www.isra.org! Tell us what you think! Follow the ISRA on Twitter and Facebook. Give the gift of an ISRA membership. Not an ISRA Member? Join Today! […]

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