• ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 25, 2019

    ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 25, 2019 Executive Directors Message Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) maintains the JPFO Gun Confiscation Clock. The clock now shows 12 minutes to midnight, a loss of two minutes. The reason for this is the introduction of H.R. 8 and HB 1112 in the United States House of Representatives. Last week I referred to the anti-gun pushes in the traditionally pro-Second Amendment States. This is what happens when gun owners take things for granted. The Gun Sanctuary County movement continues to march along. The most recent is Polk County, Tennessee. I know what you are thinking, why in Tennessee? Well, things are not all roses and daffodils in Tennessee either. Anti-gunners are trying to dig in there also. Polk County brings the number of Gun Sanctuary Counties to more than 200 throughout the Country. There are more than 6000 counties in the United States. The Effingham County Board has voted 8-1 to host discussions on coordinating efforts on making “New Illinois” the 51st State. Last Saturday, I attended a pro-Second Amendment Rally in Salem, Illinois. The Rally was attended by 410 people. When the topic of separation from Chicago came up, the crowd rose to give the speaker, Representative Brad Holbrook, a standing ovation. There will be more to come on this topic. The NRA is under constant attack these days. These attacks come in a couple of ways. First, of course, is just a straightforward attack on the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners. That is you and me folks. The second part of the attack is a propaganda campaign to make members doubt their own organization. Don’t fall for it. This whole propaganda attack is funded by Bloomberg and others like him. Bloomberg and company are trying to erode the loyal NRA base and prevent potential new members from joining. Has the NRA ever made any mistakes? Probably, but so has every other organization. If the NRA did, it was with the best intentions in trying to defend our Second Amendment. I have no qualms about that. The ISRA will be at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend, April 26th, 27th and 28th. We are in Booth #1406. Please stop by and see us! We are witnessing winter’s icy grasp finally starting to loosen. With Spring breaking out all over, so are the shooting leagues at outdoor ranges. Now is the time to join those leagues. If you have never shot in a league before, stop by and check out one or two. I am sure you will be welcomed. Now is the time to join in the fun. Thanks for being a member. Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar For more information, visit www.isra.org Saturday, April 27, 2019 Project Appleseed The Well Armed Woman ISRA Marksmanship League ISRA Marksmanship .22 Challenge Sunday, April 28, 2019 Project Appleseed Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Bench Rest League F-Class Rifle League Saturday, May 4, 2019 Range Work Day Illinois Concealed Carry Renewal Class Handgun Training Sunday, May 5, 2019 Black Powder League Black Powder Confederation Rifle/Pistol 3 Gun Combat Pistol Joe Brown Highpower League – Nuemann Match Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Bench Rest League F-Class Rifle League Paper and Steel League Saturday, May 11, 2019 Woodland Brothers Memorial Highpower Rifle Tournament Firearm Skills and Drills Sunday, May 12, 2019 ISRA Marksmanship League ISRA Marksmanship .22 Challenge Tuesday, May 14, 2014 Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League Fundamentals of Intuitive Defensive Handgun – Rob Pincus Illinois Gun and Trade Shows National Civil War Show and Sale Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Fairgrounds Date: April 27, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00 Admission: $9.00 Collector Arms Dealers Association Gun Show National Civil War Show and Sale Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Fairgrounds Date: April 27, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00 Admission: $9.00 Kankakee Gun Show Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Fairgrounds Dates: April 27 and 28, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 8:00-4:00 Sunday: 8:00-2:00 Admission: $6.00 Premiere Firearms Auction Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Auction Company Dates: May 3-5, 2019 Crown Point Gun Show Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds Dates: May 4-5, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $5.00 Belleville Gun and Knife Show Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center Dates: May 4-5, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $6.00 Kane County Sportsman’s Show St Charles, IL -Kane County Fairgrounds Date: May 12, 2019 Hours: Sunday: 7:30-1:30 Admission: $5.00 New Berlin Gun Show New Berlin, IL – Sangamon County Fairgrounds Dates: May 18-19, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $5.00 McHenry County Gun Show Woodstock, IL – McHenry County Fairgrounds Date: May 19, 2019 Hours: Sunday: 8:00-1:00 Admission: $5.00 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: Help Make McHenry County A Gun Sanctuary County

    ***ISRA ALERT!!! *** Dear McHenry County Member, On Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, at 8:30am there will be a committee meeting to petition for McHenry County to become a Gun Sanctuary County. As a firearm owner and McHenry County resident, it would be very beneficial if you would attend this meeting to voice your opinion to resolve this issue. The location is: McHenry County Government Center 2200 N Seminary Ave Room # C, Second Floor Woodstock, Il 60098 Sincerely, Richard A. Pearson Executive Director Illinois State Rifle Association 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 - April 18, 2019

    ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 18, 2019 Executive Directors Message The Illinois General Assembly is on recess until April 30th. There are only 21 Legislative days until adjournment. This means that things may happen quickly in Springfield so everyone will have to be on high alert. I expect the bills that might move in Springfield are most likely shell bills. Shell bills are bills that make small insignificant changes in some law and are then passed though Committee; they have the language stripped out of the bill and has completely new language put in the bill. It is very possible that the bills we will be fighting will be completely different than the ones we have been talking about. Please have both your State Representative’s and State Senator’s phone number ready. The ISRA will be at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on the 26th, 27th and 28th of April. We are in booth 1406. Please stop by and see us. In the last few decades, Illinois has been on the front lines fighting the anti-gun movement. We have suffered blistering anti-gun attacks. We have survived. Creative ideas like the Gun Sanctuary County movement started here In Illinois. Now we see that idea spreading to states that have been traditionally bulwarks of the Second Amendment. The reason this phenomenon is happening is that many states that were seen as solid Second Amendment states are under full scale attack by the anti-gun left. New Mexico is a great example. Left wing liberals have moved into New Mexico and taken over the public offices. Wyoming has not passed a pro-gun control bill in several years. The traditionally outdoor oriented states like Washington and Oregon are under attack also. Those of us who have been fighting for gun rights have a term called the Wyoming Stare. It applies far beyond Wyoming. If I were to talk to a person from Wyoming and tell them what we are facing in Illinois, it would be like I was speaking a foreign language to them. They would say, “Well, it won’t happen where I live.” It is becoming more apparent that it may no longer be true. This is a real problem on the national level. Gun owners in those states have to get organized and do it quickly. Gun owners in states like Illinois have to change some seats, particularly in the U.S. Senate. In 2020, in Illinois, we will have that chance. Senator Richard Durbin will be up for election. It is my guess that Durbin will run again but only serve a couple of years, and then pass the seat on to another liberal democrat so whoever gets the seat will be able to run as an incumbent. Gun owners need to fight this in a couple of ways, starting with the Primary Election. Hopefully, a more conservative pro-gun democrat will run. The next chance is in the General Elections. We cannot control who the various parties put in to run. It becomes a problem if an underfunded perfect candidate runs for election. Gun owners have to vote, work and donate with their brains, not with their hearts. We must elect the best candidate that can win. Not necessarily the one that sounds the best. The ISRA is offering some great training classes at our Range in the upcoming months. In May, we will welcome Rob Pincus with his Fundamentals of Intuitive Defensive Handgun and Intuitive Defensive Carbine Courses. We are also excited to have Midwest Training Group with their Intro to Defensive Pistol and Mastering the Revolver. MTG will return in July with an Advanced Handgun Skills class. Massad Ayoob will be presenting his MAG-40 class in June. There are openings available in the above mentioned classes. The ISRA offers a wide variety of classes for everyone, many taught with our highly skilled local instructors. Check out our website Calendar for more information! Some FOID cards will come up for renewal this year. It is very important you get your FOID renewed before it expires. If your FOID expires and you have a Concealed Carry License your CCL will be revoked until your FOID is renewed. Please renew at the first opportunity you have. If you need assistance with renewing, please call the ISRA office at 815-635-3198 after 10 a.m.and ask for Mary. Thanks for being a member. Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar For more information, visit www.isra.org Saturday, April 20, 2019 IDNR Hunter Safety Class Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Bench Rest League Paper and Steel League Saturday, April 27, 2019 Project Appleseed The Well Armed Woman ISRA Marksmanship League ISRA Marksmanship .22 Challenge Sunday, April 28, 2019 Project Appleseed Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Bench Rest League F-Class League Saturday, May 4, 2019 Illinois Concealed Carry Renewal Class Range Work Day Handgun Training Sunday, May 5, 2019 Black Powder League 3 Gun Combat Pistol League Joe Brown Highpower League Neumann Match Black Powder Confederation Rifle/Pistol Illinois Gun and Trade Shows National Civil War Show and Sale Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Fairgrounds Date: April 27, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00 Admission: $9.00 Collector Arms Dealers Association Gun Show National Civil War Show and Sale Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Fairgrounds Date: April 27, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00 Admission: $9.00 Kankakee Gun Show Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Fairgrounds Dates: April 27 and 28, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 8:00-4:00 Sunday: 8:00-2:00 Admission: $6.00 Premiere Firearms Auction Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Auction Company Dates: May 3-5, 2019 Crown Point Gun Show Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds Dates: May 4-5, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $5.00 Belleville Gun and Knife Show Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center Dates: May 4-5, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $6.00 Kane County Sportsman’s Show St Charles, IL - Kane County Fairgrounds Date: May 12, 2019 Hours: Sunday: 7:30-1:30 Admission: $5.00 New Berlin Gun Show New Berlin, IL – Sangamon County Fairgrounds Dates: May 18-19, 2019 Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00 Sunday: 9:00-3:00 Admission: $5.00 McHenry County Gun Show Woodstock, IL – McHenry County Fairgrounds Date: May 19, 2019 Hours: Sunday: 8:00-1:00 Admission: $5.00 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! […]

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  • Deerfield ISRA Townhall Meeting April 17

    The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Deerfield Italian Kitchen, 648 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield, IL 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Hello All, We hope you can make it to the ISRA Deerfield Townhall Meeting, please bring a friend with you, whether or not an ISRA member. This month we discuss the Deerfield lawsuit and Deerfield's appeal, proposed legislation, and other current events. Join your host Brad and enjoy the company of your fellow ISRA members and the great offerings at Deerfield Italian Kitchen! This is our email address: DeerfieldTownhall@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! […]

  • ISRA Alert: Town Hall Meeting Meeting at Salem Community Center

    ***ISRA Town Hall Meeting *** Dear ISRA Member, There will be a Town Hall meeting at Salem Community Center on Saturday April 20, 2019, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Do you want to hear what your elected officials are doing to push back against Chicago? Then you need to attend this meeting and get the latest straight from the horses’ mouth!! Representatives Blaine Wilhour, Darren Bailey, Chris Miller, and Brad Halbrook will be there along with special guests Marion County State’s Attorney Bill Milner, Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson, Levi Slater, and Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon. Hope to see you there!!!! The event is free of charge. Thank you for your support, Richard A. Pearson Executive Director Illinois State Rifle Association 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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