• ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 21, 2019

    ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 21, 2019 Executive Directors Message The gun sanctuary movement keeps chugging along despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the anti-gun fanatics. In Lake County, Florida, the Commission passed a resolution declaring Lake County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. This is the first county in Florida to become a Gun Sanctuary County. This resolution was a response to gun buy-back proposals from various democrat presidential candidates. I have often wondered how you can buy back a gun or anything else, for that matter, you never owned. Many of these organizations that sponsor buy-back programs have convicted felons or other prohibited persons working for them, and yet we never hear about the police, BATFE or other police agencies investigating them. Waiting periods that plague law-abiding gun owners do seem to matter during buy-back programs. If a Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer or individual gun owner forgets to dot an I or cross a T, there is hell to pay. I guess if the government didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all. In New Mexico, the sheriffs are heading up a gun sanctuary movement along with some persecutors. In Arizona, Mohave County has just passed a Sanctuary County Resolution. More and more counties throughout the United States are considering such resolutions. In Illinois, we are going to see Gun Sanctuary County Resolutions on the ballot in 2020. If your county has not passed a gun sanctuary resolution, keep pressing forward. The 2020 Legislative Calendar is out. The Spring 2020 Session officially starts on January 8th, 2020. The first actual day the General Assembly is in session is Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. Usually, the first six weeks of session is spent introducing bills. Last year, there were over 200 gun bills introduced and I expect that number, or more, to be introduced in the Spring Session. The ISRA lobbying team will be there and we will be introducing bills of our own. Michael Bloomberg is undoubtedly positioning himself to either run for President of the United States or to be a big player in the 2020 General Election. Why else would he voluntarily apologize for his ludicrous Stop and Frisk polices he implemented In New York City when he was Mayor. Bloomberg is one of the holier than thou politicians who weaponizes his wealth against people like you and me. Bloomberg and his creepy fellow billionaires have raised havoc with the Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding gun owners. Sorry pal, but we aren’t buying any of your baloney. The Spring 2020 Session will be interrupted by the Primary Elections. The Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 17th. The week before the Primary, the General Assembly will not be in session. Primary Elections have a strange effect on the legislative process. Sometimes it is relatively quiet before the Primary while politicians are working on their campaigns. Some in contested districts may be quiet while some in safe districts will be noisy. We will have to play it by ear. IGOLD will be held on April 1st, 2020, at the usual time and place. We will be working on details in January. Last year, many gun clubs and gun shops arranged for their own buses. That is really helpful. If all of you could do that again next year it would be great. It is more effective if buses, caravans and car pools are organized locally. We will need more people at IGOLD next year. Let us know if you are planning to organize some form of group transportation. It is helpful if we know how many are coming from different areas. The easiest way to let us know is to email member@isra.org. The ISRA has five court cases at the moment and we are working on them all. The ISRA Legal Assistance Committee (ISRA-LAC) helps fund these cases. Please make your tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year. Send your donation to ISRA-LAC, P.O. Box 494, Chatsworth IL, 60921. The ISRA-LAC is a 501(c)(3) charity so you do not need to be a member to contribute. Contributions can also be made on-line at HERE. Thanks for being a member. If you are not a member, JOIN NOW! Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar For more information, visit www.isra.org Sunday, November 24, 2019 Glock League Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Tuesday Afternoon High Power League ISRA Air Rifle League Friday, November 29, 2019 ISRA Combat/3 Gun League Match Development Saturday, November 30, 2019 The Well Armed Woman Sunday, December 1, 2019 Black Powder League Handgun Drills Gun and Trade Shows Crown Point Gun Show Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds Dates: November 23-24, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $5.00 Kankakee Gun Show Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Fairgrounds Dates: November 23-24, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 8:00-4:00 Sunday: 8:00-2:00 Admission: $6.00 Sauk Trail Gun Show Princeton, IL – Bureau County Fairgrounds Dates: November 23-24, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 8:30-4:30 Sunday: 8:30-3:00 Admission: $2.00 Lake County Gun and Sportsman Show Antioch, IL – Antioch VFW Date: November 24, 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 Thursday Bulletin - November 14, 2019

    ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 14, 2019 Executive Directors Message The lessons from the Virginia elections should be on the minds of every gun owner in Illinois and everywhere else. The liberal Democrats have won both chambers in the Virginia Legislature and control the Governorship. I know you are thinking, so what else is new? The point is it did not need to happen. Virginia has been a Red State for 25 years. Michael Bloomberg poured millions into the election. While that is a factor, it is not the only reason gun owners lost in Virginia. They lost for all the classic reasons. Anyone can find a calendar for the next 100 years and figure out when the elections are going to be held. If an election sneaks up on you, it’s because you are asleep. Some gun owners like to sit around their coffee shop, gun club, gun show, or wherever they are and gripe. If they would spend that same amount of time getting organized to support a pro-Second Amendment candidate, they would be better off. They simply refuse to get organized and if they do, most of the time it is too late. Some people don’t want to register to vote because they might be called for jury duty. Voter Registration records are not used anymore to select jurors, drivers’ licenses are used to select jurors. If you don’t want to serve on jury duty, turn in your driver’s license. The greatest error gun owners make is simply not voting even when they are registered to vote. Let’s go back to Virginia. Only 40% of the registered voters turned out to vote. Historically, gun owner turnout tracks almost exactly the same as turnout among the general public. That means gun owners could have turned the election but didn’t because they were too lazy or didn’t care. There is a technical term for that - Stupid. Another fatal error gun owners make is they continue to pick the perfect candidate, not the best candidate who can win. The perfect candidate who loses is about as valuable as a worn-out shoe sole. I get calls every election cycle from want-to-be candidates. Most of them claim to be the perfect Second Amendment candidate. Maybe they are, but can they get elected? I have been through thousands of elections and the realities of actually getting elected are harsh. There are a few questions I ask and you should also: Who is helping you on your campaign? Answer: Well, there is me, my mother-in-law and my friend Clyde. What groups are supporting you? Answer: I was hoping you would. Have you run for any office before? Answer: No. How much do you have in your Campaign Fund? Answer: $50. Can you give me some money? These, by the way, are real answers I have gotten. I did not make any of these up. This isn’t rocket science. Think about if a candidate replied to you with these same answers. What would you think? The key is to find a good electable Second Amendment candidate and work to get them elected. You may not agree with them on every issue. The alternative is a candidate that opposes the Second Amendment and won’t listen to any argument supporting it. To elect pro-Second Amendment candidates over anti-Second Amendment candidates, tough choices have to be made and those choices require work. Not only by me, but also by you. On the national level there is a real showdown coming. Most gun owners support President Trump and right now it looks like he will win but take nothing for granted. For all those gun owners who don’t vote because they don’t want to be involved, here is some news for you. You are involved whether you like it or not. Here is an example of what is at stake: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) just kicked the Remington/Sandy Hook case back to the Connecticut Courts. In the Remington case, the parents of the Sandy Hook victims are seeking to hold the company liable for the misuse of their product by a third party. This case will eventually go back before the SCOTUS. If the parents’ argument stands, every firearm company in the United States will be wiped out. It won’t matter if your semiautomatic rifle, shotgun or pistol is legal to own. No one will manufacture them anymore. We need to get one or two conservative Supreme Court Justices on the Court. REMINDER: Your 116th Anniversary Raffle purchase must be postmarked by November 26th. When you purchase your ticket and ISRA commemorative coin you will be entered to win 1 or more of 116 great prizes. 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, November 16, 2019 Range Safety Officer Class Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Tuesday Afternoon High Power League ISRA Air Rifle League Wednesday, November 20, 2019 ISRA International Air Pistol League Sunday, November 24, 2019 Glock League Friday, November 29, 2019 ISRA Combat/3 Gun League Match Development Saturday, November 30, 2019 The Well Armed Woman Sunday, December 1, 2019 Black Powder League Handgun Drills Gun and Trade Shows Quad Cities Gun Show Rock Island, IL – QCCA Expo Center Dates: November 16-17, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $5.00 McHenry County Gun Show Woodstock, IL – McHenry County Fairgrounds Date: November 17, 2019 Hours: Sunday: 8:00-1:00 Admission: $5.00 Crown Point Gun Show Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds Dates: November 23-24, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $5.00 Kankakee Gun Show Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Fairgrounds Dates: November 23-24, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 8:00-4:00 Sunday: 8:00-2:00 Admission: $6.00 Sauk Trail Gun Show Princeton, IL – Bureau County Fairgrounds Dates: November 23-24, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 8:30-4:30 Sunday: 8:30-3:00 Admission: $2.00 Lake County Gun and Sportsman Show Antioch, IL – Antioch VFW Date: November 24, 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 - To Our Rock Island County Members

    ***ALERT*** Dear ISRA Member, On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00am the Governance, Health and Administration Committee will be holding a meeting in the conference room of the Administrative Office on the second floor of the County Building, 1504 Third Ave, Rock Island. It is to our understanding that they will be discussing the consideration of a resolution to protect rights under the Second Amendment of Constitution. If you are able to attend this meeting it would be greatly appreciated to support our Second Amendments rights. Sincerely, Richard A. 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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  • Northern Illinois Shooting Club Invitation

    The Arlington Heights Rifle and Pistol Club is accepting new members. Emphasis is placed on shooting bullseye pistol, combined with a strong interest in shotgun sports. Club Members participate in bullseye practice nights during the winter months at Article II in Lombard; and additionally, support and train new Club members for fun shooting as well as participation in the Tri-County Pistol and Revolver League. Costs are reasonable; shooting with the members of our Club is great fun; and joining us at monthly Club meetings provides an opportunity for you to make new friends with a similar interest. Please contact Jim Peterson, Membership, AHRPC to discuss the above at james1448@gmail.com. […]

  • South Suburban ISRA Townhall - November 14

    The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 at Kenootz Pizza, 4659 147th St, Midlothian, IL 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Hello All, Come out and join your friends at the ISRA South Suburban Townhall Meeting. We are have a guest speaker, Brian C. Smith who will discuss weapon retention, self defense tactics and more! Brian is a 30 year veteran of the Chicago Heights Police Department retiring at the rank of Captain. During his tenure, he served in investigations, patrol watch commander, director of training, commander of the special operations unit, and range master. Immediately after retirement he accepted a three year contract to serve as Police Chief for the Village of Glenwood, Illinois. He currently serves as a fulltime police officer for Prairie State College in Chicago Heights and a part-time officer for the Village of Steger. And, of course there will be discussion of current events! Our host Kenootz's Pizza will again be offering a Buffet meal for this meeting. For a cost of $10.00 you will be able to enjoy all you can eat Pizza, Beef Sandwiches, Mostaccioli, Salad, bread and soft drinks. Remember Thursday, November 14, 2019 come out and enjoy great food and company. Come hungry and early, help support our gracious host, Kenootz Pizza. Thank you, ISRA South Suburban Town hall Meeting Board. Our email address: SouthSuburbanTownhall@isra.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Check out other ISRA Town hall meetings here! Check out ISRA's webite 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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