Our friends, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), have won a major court case despite well-financed opposition from Everytown and Never Again California, two of the Bloomberg front groups. The Del Mar Fairgrounds adopted an anti-gun policy that blocked gun shows at their facility. The CRPA, Second Amendment Foundation, the South Bay Rod and Gun Club and several individual plaintiffs sought an injunction to prevent the Del Mar Fairgrounds from enforcing their anti-gun position. Last week, Judge Cathy Bencivengo issued a preliminary injunction against the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Del Mar Fairgrounds serves San Diego County California.
The CRPA is also challenging, in court, California’s new ammunition background check system. The CRPA is a co-plaintiff with the NRA and Olympic shooter Kim Rhode.
Calguns, another California Gun Rights organization, and the Second Amendment Foundation have filed suit against the ban of sales of firearms to 18-20-year-old citizens. There are a few exceptions for those in the military.
New York City is squirming like a worm on a fish hook over the New York Rifle and Pistol Association’s (NYSRPA) and the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) lawsuit against their incredibly cruel requirements and treatment of law-abiding gun owners. It seems that after the Supreme Court of the United States refused to honor the city’s request to drop the case, they have decided to modify the ordinance. This is an attempt to moot the case but I don’t think it will work. New York City is on the hook for their ordnance. If the case is dropped and there is no court order, New York City will just go back to doing what they did before. That is how these jerks operate.
All of these draconian laws clearly have nothing to do with fighting crime but are an attack on the private ownership of firearms. All of these laws stem from Michael Bloomberg, the sugar daddy of Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety and a plethora of local anti-gun front groups. State groups like the CRPA, Calguns, NYSRPA and the ISRA are critical in fighting these attempts to destroy the Second Amendment. In Illinois, the so-called Fix the FOID, SB1966, is another example of Bloomberg and his front organizations in action. Some of you may have noticed movement on SB1966 but this was just to put the bill back into the Assignments Committee in the Senate. We are keeping an eye on it. These attacks will not stop. Gun owners need to join the ISRA and get in the fight.
The National Matches are underway at Camp Perry, Ohio; Bristol, Indiana, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The National Matches were established to promote marksmanship among the United States Armed Forces and civilians. In 1903, state associations were established to train civilians prior to serving in the military. The Illinois State Rifle Association was among the first of these organizations.
President Theodore Roosevelt knew the decrepit state of marksmanship in the United States Military. He established these state associations to become bastions of marksmanship skills. Roosevelt knew the civilians would carry on these skills from generation to generation. He was correct. Members of the Illinois State Rifle Association are now on the way to participate in the National Matches both as individuals and as team members. I appreciate their dedication. Last year we did very well.
It is with great regret that I report the death of Claude T. Heale. Claude was a former Director of the ISRA, served on the Audit Committee, Facilities Committee and was Chairman of the Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League for several years. Claude was a dedicated Life Member of the ISRA. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, July 20th, at 1:30pm until the time of Service at 2:00pm at the Hickey Memorial Chapel (442 E Lincoln Highway) in New Lenox, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.
I want you to sit down and get hold of yourself. FactCheck.org has found that former President Obama (doesn’t former President Obama have a nice ring to it) is misrepresenting United States gun laws when he speaks. He is still claiming everyone can easily buy machine guns. It seems the former President has not yet completed his mail order home study class on how to tell the truth.
NICS check numbers have risen again. In May 2019, NICS checks were 2,349,309, as compared to May 2018 when the numbers were 2,002,992. There is a new dynamic in the NICS check numbers because so many states are issuing new and renewal concealed carry licenses or permits, depending on what your state calls them. Illinois is part of that bulge because this is the first year for Illinois Concealed Carry License renewals.
The Lake County Civil War Days event was cancelled by the Lake County Forest Preserve District because of safety concerns, the nebulous excuse not to do something without a defined reason. This event had gone on for 27 years without incident. Of course, we live in an era where the suggestion of facing reality, or in this case a sugar-coated version of reality, is just more than the average person can stand.
According to the Daily Herald, Ralph Peterson Jr, who says he represents Black Lives Matter, clergy and caring conscious residents of all persuasions, said in a Facebook post that cancelling was the best decision because many found the re-enactment to be culturally insensitive/not truthful as to what it was really all about and how the slaves were treated before, during and after the war….
I disagree. The Civil War re-enactment is about an event that ended slavery in the United States and the people willing to die to free those people. This is about 179,000 African Americans stepping up to free their fellow man despite the stigmas and prejudices, and overcoming them. This is about 16 African Americans winning the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is about people coming together after a tremendous social upheaval, to weave the fabric of a nation making it stronger and better than it was before. This American Civil War was the start of a process that goes on today. It isn’t perfect and at times painful, but it is marching ahead. Hiding from history does not help anything.
I have received several calls asking how I know Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) is going to run the FOID card bill (SB1966) in Veto Session. The answer does not require being much of a clairvoyant. She announced it in her newsletter. Morrison does not intend to stop there. She held a town hall meeting last week and talked about confiscation of AR15s and other such firearms. We have her on video saying those very words. Check out YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl37WhGdzDY. If the lame street media heard about the confiscation of anyone else’s property, there would have been headlines everywhere, but not for the property of gun owners who have done nothing wrong; there wasn’t a peep.
Every week, I get emails claiming that if they only understood, it would be different! Ah, know it won’t. This is a battle to the finish and even the most naive gun owner needs to understand that fact. Gun owners in Illinois are finally finding their voices but they need to not only be shouting louder, they need to commit to action. Wherever these anti-gunners go, they should get no peace. When the anti-gunners have their meetings, they filter out as many people who might disagree with them as possible. Free speech for me but not for thee seems to be the order of the day.
The Presidential Campaigns have already begun. President Trump kicked off his campaign. There are so many Democrat talking heads running for President that they have been compared to the Hydra from ancient mythology. The Hydra was a really nasty critter, it being a sea snake with many heads. Depending on which version you read, the Hydra had between 9 and 100 heads with each head defending the other heads. This vile beast had breath so foul that if a human got a whiff of it, they died instantly. If anyone got the Hydra’s blood on their clothing, they would be roasted alive inside their clothes. Any wound from the Hydra would fester and kill you in an agonizing death. If flies landed on the festering wound, they were killed instantly. The Hydra lived in a swamp near Argos, the Capitol (this sounds familiar) and ravaged the countryside, devouring everything and everyone in its path. The Hydra was known to be lazy and only came out when it was hungry or enraged. If one of the Hydra’s heads were cut off, two would grow back. The Hydra was a formidable enemy.
Hercules was assigned to kill the Hydra but could not do it alone so his servant, Lolaus, helped him. They used a sickle and a torch. Lolaus would cut off the head with the sickle and Hercules would cauterize the stump of the neck with the torch so no head could grow back. This was really a tough nasty job.
If we were to make this into a modern play, the cast of characters would be Hercules, played by Donald Trump; Loluas played by Mike Pence; Argos, played by Washington D.C; the Countryside would be the United States, and the Swamp, played by the Swamp. The Hydra would be played by all of the Democratic Presidential candidates. The 2019 Presidential Campaign, where mythology becomes reality.
Congratulations to Weatherby Inc. on moving to Wyoming from California. On June 13, 2019, Weatherby had its Grand Opening in Sheridan, Wyoming. Their new location is 1550 Yellowtail Dr., Sheridan, WY, 82801. Their mailing address is: Weatherby Inc, PO Box 6630, Sheridan WY, 82801. Their phone number is (307) 675-7800.
Weatherby has helped the ISRA with training firearms in the past and are great people to deal with. It warmed the cockles of my heart to change their address in my data base.
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