Update: New Location for Anti-Gun Rally in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago this Sunday

SPECIAL ALERT – NEW LOCATION FOR RALLY: GLENVIEW GUN CONTROLLERS PLAN RECRUITMENT AND ORGANIZATION RALLY The ISRA has been notified that the location of this event has been moved due to “anticipated larger attendance”. The new location is the Glenview Police Station, 2500 East Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026. The gun control movement is on a roll in the northern suburbs. They will be holding a rally to recruit and organize new gun grabbers into their campaign to take your … Continued

ISRA Alert for Northern Suburbs of Chicago this Sunday

The gun control movement is on a roll in the northern suburbs [of Chicago, IL]. They will be holding a rally to recruit and organize new gun grabbers into their campaign to take your guns away from you. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ATTEND THIS RALLY! As a patriotic firearm owner, you have a responsibly to defend our Constitution by challenging those who would tear down our Bill of Rights. If the gun controllers are left … Continued

Urgent – Take Action to Protect Our Gun Rights NOW

Those opposed to gun rights are attempting to take advantage of the the the Sandy Hook School Shooting and resulting public sentiment to enact anti-gun laws. While those of use who are knowledgeable about firearms know

Illinois SB681 Victory

As previously mentioned, Illinois’ Governor Quinn attempted to use his amendatory veto power to turn a quite reasonable pro-gun bill into a ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The good news is that, despite Governor Pat Quinn’s efforts, Illinois’ law abiding gun owners have prevailed:

Illinois Governor Tries to Turn Pro Gun Bill Into “Assault Weapons” Ban

Below is a bulletin from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning Illinois SB681 and Governor Quinn’s actions to turn an unobjectionable piece of pro-gun legislation into a ban on so-called assault weapons:   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE On Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2012, the Illinois Senate passed SB681 in its original form at a margin of 49 – 4. The bill, SB681, was a simple bill that allowed ammunition to be mail ordered from dealers or companies in Illinois and shipped to … Continued

Attend Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) 2011!

Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, the annual event sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association, will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011.  I firmly intend to be there this year, and encourage everyone else to attend as well.  IGOLD 2011 details can be seen below:

IL Supreme Court Tells Appellate Court to Reconsider “Assault Weapon” Ban Lawsuit

Back in 2006, Cook County, IL (which includes Chicago and its surrounding suburbs) enacted a ban on s0-called “assault weapons“.  This ban is both vague and ambiguous, unreasonably restricting the right to keep and bear arms, while also making it difficult to impossible for gun owners to know what exactly they may lawfully own. The Illinois State Rifle Association sued, and the Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that this case needs to be reconsidered, in light of the pro-gun-rights US … Continued

Boycott AON Insurance Corporation for its Anti-Gun Fundraising

AON, a large insurance corporation, is holding a fundraiser for the Brady Campaign, which is the nation’s largest anti-group.  This fundraiser will take place on October 4, 2010 in a club located in AON’s headquarter’s building in downtown Chicago.  I find it sad that AON is using its corporate resources to undermine our constitutional right to gun ownership and advance the interests of a group such as the Brady Campaign.  I, for one, will speak with my wallet, and see … Continued

Upcoming ISRA Disabled Shooting Competition in Downers Grove, IL

As I’ve previously mentioned, shooting is a great sport for those with disabilities.  The Illinois State Rifle Association and the Vaughan Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America, have teamed up to offer the first of what will be many shooting events for the disabled:

Attend the 2010 Second Amendment Freedom Rally in Chicago

Below is information about the 2010 Second Amendment Freedom Rally, which will take place on Friday, July 9, 2010 in Chicago.  While I will sadly be unable to make it to Chicago for this event, I would encourage everyone in the area to attend.

Attend the ISRA Legal Assistance Committee Banquet on May 28, 2010

Below is information about the Illinois State Rifle Association’s Legal Assistance Committee Banquet, which will take place on Friday May 28, 2010 in the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, located at North Avenue & Rt. 83 in Elmhurst, Illinois.  Doors open at 5:00 PM, and the dinner/raffle begins at 7:00 PM.  The proceeds of this banquet support gun rights litigation, such as the soon-to-be-decided McDonald v. Chicago case:

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates on Guns

The Republicans and Democrats who are vying to be the next Governor of Illinois recently answered a series of gun rights questions.  I would encourage every IL gun owner to read those responses and keep them in mind when voting.  The Illinois State Rifle Association’s response to those answers can be seen below:

Second Amendment Freedom Rally Tomorrow in Chicago!

Below is an announcement from the ISRA, about the Second Amendment Freedom Rally.  It takes place Friday, June 26,2009 in downtown Chicago.  I really encourage everyone to attend.  Sadly, I won’t be there, since I now live in Iowa and can’t take the day off from work.

Help Launch Illinois’ Newest Gun Rights Group

The Illinois State Rifle Association has released the action alert shown below, encouraging those who support gun rights to help out a brand new political action committee (PAC).  The mission of this PAC is to “elect those who support the 2nd Amendment, and work even harder to un-elect those who do not.” I encourage everyone, whether you live in the state of Illinois or not, to help out.

ISRA Range Open House

Below is a notice from the ISRA, discussing their 7th Annual Range Open House, which is on June 27, 2009.  All law abiding citizens are invited, including those who do not own a firearm and wish to shoot for the first time under the supervision of qualified instructors:

Second Amendment Forum in Wheaton, IL on Tuesday

Below is an action alert from the ISRA, discussing a Second Amendment forum which will take place in Wheaton, IL on Tuesday, May 5th 2009 at 7:00PM.   This open forum is being sponsored by pro gun rights organizers, in response to a recent anti gun forum in Wheaton, where only those opposed to gun rights were able to speak.

This Saturday: Tell an Anti Gun IL Republican to Support Gun Rights

Mark Kirk, a republican congressman from IL, want to be either the next governor or senator for the state of Illinois.  He is quite anti gun, having recently sponsored legislation to bring back the federal ban on so-called “assault weapons.”  As the ISRA notes, on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 2:00pm, Mark Kirk is holding a townhall meeting in Palatine, IL to discuss “gang violence in the suburbs.”  This is a great opportunity to make sure that Mark Kirk hears … Continued

ISRA Alert: Anti Gun Forum in Wheaton, IL – Tomorrow

Below is an action alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association, regarding a California anti gun group’s attempt to blame law abiding Illinois gun owners for the crimes of criminals in this state and other states.  Law abiding gun owners in the area should attend and make our voices heard.

Help Stop 2 Anti Gun Bills in Illinois

Below is an ISRA action alert concerning House Bill 12 and House Bill 845, which are two anti gun measures that will be voted upon this week.  As we’ve seen recently, taking just a minute to stand up for gun rights can make all the difference, so I would encourage everyone to do their part.

Report on Gun Related Laws Pending in Illinois

The NRA has put together a nice report on proposed Illinois laws that effect gun rights.  It is critical that those of us who live in IL contact our elected officials and make our voices heard, as our gun rights are in jeopardy.  Those who live outside of Illinois should also recognize that the anti gun laws pending in Illinois could soon come to your state too, as anti gun laws can spread like wildfire.

Join the Front Lines in the Fight for Gun Rights: The Illinois State Rifle Association

As I’ve mentioned before, we Americans must either stand up for our gun rights, or see them vanish the way they have vanished in other countries.  I’ve also mentioned that Illinois is the front lines when it comes to the struggle for gun rights, as IL cities are the only ones left with handgun bans, IL is one of only two states that completely bans concealed carry, and Cook County, IL is constantly trying to enact new draconian gun bans.  … Continued

Don’t Forget to Attend Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) on March 11, 2009

Illinois residents are encouraged to attend the Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) on March 11, 2009, which is the annual event where we gun owners make our voices heard in the state capitol. This would also be a great time to respectfully discuss the ISP’s unlawful FOID card delays with legislators who are in a position to end that abuse of police power:

The Wrong Kind of Boycott

I recently read a comment on The War on Guns, in which an individual advocates a boycott of Illinois-based gun manufacturers, due to the rather strict anti gun laws in that state.  He argues that buying from those manufacturers supplies tax money to the state of Illinois, which he accuses of “enslaving you and your children.”  While I (obviously) disagree with Illinois gun control laws, and do everything in my power to change those laws, I don’t think that boycotting … Continued

Concealed Carry Ballot Referendum Results in Illinois

As the ISRA reports, 14 counties in Illinois had a non-binding CCW referendum on the ballot yesterday. The question on the ballots was generally worded like: Shall the General Assembly enact legislation to permit the carrying of concealed firearms? While non-binding, these resolutions mark an important step in the path to concealed carry in Illinois – which is one of only 2 states left without some concealed carry right.  Here are the results from those 14 Illinois counties:

Election Day 2008

When it comes to this election, there is little I can say that has not already been said.  Remember to vote, for the success our democracy depends upon citizen involvement in politics. Don’t forget to read the NRA’s candidate endorsements, read the ISRA’s candidate ratings, and vote pro gun rights.

Chicago Politicians Try to Push Gun Control on the Western Suburbs

The Illinois State Rifle Association has released the notice shown below.  It concerns attempts by Chicago area politicians to take away gun rights of those living in the Western suburbs, and the forcing of failed Chicago-style gun control on other parts of the state.  On a personal note, I find this particularly troublesome, as I enjoy the wonderful hobby of trapshooting at the Naperville Sportsman’s Park.  I would urge those in Illinois’ 96th District to vote for the pro-gun-rights State … Continued

An Open Letter To Sportsmen About Barack Obama

Below is an open letter from Richard A. Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.  In the letter he discusses his first hand experience in dealing with then-state-senator Barack Obama, who was the most anti gun rights politicians that Pearson ever met:

Obama Tries To Pass Himself off as Pro Gun – the ISRA sets the record straight

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are likey the two most anti gun candidates in presidential history, and they know that this may cost them the election. They are therefore attempting to confuse gun owners by (untruthfully) casting themselves as pro gun.  Biden did it last week, and now Obama is at it, making the utterly untrue statement that “Illinois sportsmen know him as an advocate for their rights”.  The ISRA has set the record straight:

Illinois State Police Unlawfully Delaying Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) Cards

I received an email today from a gentleman named Mick, who mentioned a rather serious problem going on in Illinois with respect to FOID card issuance.  Mick and several other people he knows have waited over 60 days to get their FOID cards, despite the fact that the law requires the FOID be issued or denied within 30 days.  I also personally know of a person whose FOID application has been pending for more than the 30 day waiting period … Continued