ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 16, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 16, 2020

by Richard Pearson

I want to thank all those who share our Facebook Posts, particularly the Thursday Bulletin.  Last week’s Thursday Bulletin reached 114,568 people so far.  We have been teetering around the 90,000 number for a while but we finally broke the glass ceiling.  We get blocked once in a while by Facebook so we can’t boost our posts.  They say we are too political.  Who me?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 9, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 9, 2020

by Richard Pearson

I want to thank those who sent emails regarding their delayed FOID cards, ICCLs and slow approvals for firearm purchases.  I have forwarded them to our attorney.  Here is some general advice on FOID cards and ICCLs.  FOID cards should be renewed 60 days in advance although, right now, that still won’t get you your FOID on time but it is the best thing you can do right now.  As long as the Illinois State Police website lists you as under review, you know it has been received and you won’t get a knock on your door.  In the case of ICCL renewals, you must apply 90 days in advance.  It is best if you have all of your training done and your renewal training certificate in your hand 120 days in advance.  One problem I am seeing is people who move and don’t change their address on their Illinois Driver’s License or State ID.   That takes about seven working days and can be done online.  If you don’t do that before you renew and try to apply for either your FOID card of ICCL, you will get yourself in a bureaucratic mess of biblical proportions. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 2, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 2, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The ISRA has been encouraging the Illinois State Police (ISP) to find a way to extend FOID card and ICCL expiration dates.  We know they are working very hard on this issue.  We have heard from them today, April 2nd, 2020.  Here is their response:

“The Illinois State Police (ISP) is aware of concerns being expressed during this pandemic related to FOID and CCL expirations.  ISP reminds FOID and CCL holders that their cards will remain valid during the renewal process once a renewal application is submitted.  ISP is continuing to seek a legal remedy to address expirations during this time.”

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 19, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 19, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Well here we are in the middle of a pandemic.  The restaurants are closed although you can get carry outs, the bars are closed, schools are out and on and on it goes.  What a great time to catch up on your reading.  If I remember correctly, you have some firearms that need to be cleaned.  Now is the time to complete that little chore.  How about going to the range and getting in some practice.  Indoor ranges are required to have 100 cubic feet of fresh air per firing point and outdoor ranges have infinite amounts of fresh air per firing point.  Either way, a Range is a pretty safe place to be during a pandemic.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 12, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 12, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Legislative Session has been cancelled for next week (March 16-20, 2020).  March 24th, 2020, is the next time the General Assembly will be in session, as far as we know.  Right now, we are tracking 259 gun bills.  There are also an untold number of shell bills we are watching that could become reality in a very short period of time, even as little as a couple of hours. We will be very busy the rest of the session.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 5, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 5, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Super Tuesday Primary Elections have produced two front runners in the Democrat Party race to become the party nominee for President, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.  For gun owners it really doesn’t matter which one will get the nomination because they are both anti-gun.  Biden has said publicly he will appoint Beto O’Rourke to be in charge of gun confiscation.  If plans like these don’t motivate gun owners nothing will. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 27, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 27, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Bills are being filed so fast in Springfield it seems like a paper blizzard.  As I write this, we are watching 254 bills and more could be filed at any time.  Most of those bills are in rules; some are, or soon will be, assigned to committees.  I know many of you are ready to file witness slips but just because a bill has been assigned to a committee does not mean it will be heard.  This time of year, there are hundreds of bills out there.  We will tell you when a bill is going to be heard and that will be the time to fill out witness slips.  If a bill is not heard, the witness slip will not count.  This was not true until the advent of electronic witness slips.  When witness slips were filed on paper they were kept, but the days of paper witness slips are history.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 20, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 20, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois State Rifle Association is fully engaged in defending the Second Amendment Rights of Illinois citizens.  In many cases our efforts have helped firearm owners beyond our borders.  One of the ways we fight for your rights is working to turn back both Illinois government and local government overreach and oppression.  As you will see in the updated list of lawsuits, we have worked through the courts and are now asking the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to hear our cases.  There is no guarantee that they will.  Some Justices on the Court don’t want to hear Second Amendment cases for fear they will strengthen the Second Amendment.  I understand Ginsberg is leading the charge against Second Amendment cases.  Below is a list of the cases the ISRA is involved in and their status at this time:

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 13, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 13, 2020

by Richard Pearson

A few weeks ago, I reported on the misuse of Colorado’s Red Flag law.  If you recall, Officer Phil Morris stopped 19-year-old Jeremy Holmes who was acting erratically; Holmes pulled a hunting knife on the officer Morris.  Holmes was told to drop the knife 36 times.  Officer Morris was going to draw his taser but Holmes attacked.  Officer Morris shot and killed Holmes.  Holmes’ mother, Susan Holmes, filed an extreme risk order of protection (ERPO) against Morris, using Colorado’s Red Flag law.  The whole incident was caught on the officer’s bodycam.  Prior to Susan Holmes filing the ERPO, Morris’s shooting of Holmes was ruled justified.  This ERPO, of course, raised holy heck with Officer Morris’s life, as it would with anyone.  The good news is that Susan Holmes was arrested on perjury charges and is in the Larimer County Jail.  I hope they throw the book at her and give the maximum penalty.  There is no due process in these Red Flag laws.  You are guilty until proven innocent.  At some point, I expect these laws will go before the United States Supreme Court and be declared unconstitutional.  Of course, thousands of people will have their lives ruined before that happens.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 6, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - February 6, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The agonizing long waits to get a FOID card have plagued Illinois citizens for some time.  The law required the Illinois State Police (ISP) to issue a FOID card in 30 days.  During the Rauner Administration the time was extended to 60 days.  Still the ISP kept falling further and further behind.  We have to remember that a right delayed is a right denied.  This is a terrible situation that should have never happened and did not need to happen.  The ISRA, SAF and other plaintiffs are in court to rectify this situation.  This case is known as Thomas, et.al. v. Illinois State Police, et.al.

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