At this time, there is nothing new to report on our case against the assault weapons ban in the Seventh Circuit. We are still waiting for a verdict. Our other cases are still moving forward.
Illinois State Police to Hold 3 Public Hearings on “Assault Weapons” Ban
On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on a 5-5 party line vote, failed to stop the implementation of the Illinois State Police Emergency Rules to implement Gov. Pritzker’s unconstitutional, so-called, “Assault Weapons” ban registration scheme. These rules were unveiled on 9/15/23.
JCAR did pass a motion that the Illinois State Police is to hold 3 public hearings around Illinois allowing for questions and clarifications on the implementation of these rules, citing the confusion and lack of clearly defined terms in the emergency rules. These additional hearings were the result of ISRA objections that were sent to JCAR on behalf of our members and firearms owners throughout Illinois. We will keep you updated on when and where these hearings will take place as they are scheduled.
This is exactly why you and your friends need to join the Illinois State Rifle Association. We need you to continue to fight actions like this now and in the future.
If you are not an ISRA member, please join today!
*** The Guardian, a publication of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation reports that 77% of young people believe that gun ownership makes them safer in their homes. While this is good news, it also shows how many people are out there who could use firearm training.
*** Missouri sheriff drops concealed carry fees. It currently costs $100 to apply for a carry license in Bates County, Missouri, but Sheriff Anderson announced that he’s suspending those fees in light of the “instability in the world”, for any county residents through the end of 2023.
On January 1st of 2017, Missouri became the 11th state to pass Constitutional Carry to allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without advanced training, background checks or a permit. Sheriff Anderson says he has always been very Pro-Second Amendment and feels that you have a God Given Right and obligation to protect yourself and your family. Second Amendment supporters and licensing authorities across the country should take notice by applauding and replicating Sheriff Anderson’s actions.
*** Ex-boyfriend is shot by ex-girlfriend’s new beau. A Louisiana man is facing serious charges after using a sledgehammer to break through the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home. Once inside the residence, Rayborn gained possession of a gun and started shooting at the occupants. Her home was occupied at the time by herself, her three-year-old son, and her current boyfriend. The current boyfriend retaliated with shots using his own gun, striking Rayborn. Rayborn was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Thankfully, the woman, her child and the boyfriend were unscathed.
Rayborn is facing several charges, including attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The boyfriend responded to the deadly threat posed by an armed intruder who was shooting at him, his girlfriend, and her child. His decision to exercise his Second Amendment rights saved three lives. He is not facing any charges.
*** Congratulations to Smith and Wesson for leaving Massachusetts. Smith & Wesson celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Maryville, Tennessee, on Saturday with a grand opening celebration featuring live concerts, shooting demonstrations, and a silent auction benefiting local charities. The event marked the company’s move from Massachusetts, where it had been located since 1856, nearly 170 years. The company sold 2500 tickets to the sold-out event.
The company announced in September 2021 that it would be moving its headquarters, distribution, assembly and plastic molding operations from Springfield, Massachusetts to Maryville, Tennessee. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee attributed the move to the state’s pro-Second Amendment and business stance. In the deal, the company is required to create 620 new jobs in the area at an average wage of $25.97 per hour.
Smith and Wesson’s move follows a trend of gun companies fleeing to 2A-friendly states. At least 20 firearms businesses have fled politically liberal states for more pro-gun states in the last decade.
Supreme Court Again Reinstates Biden Admin’s ‘Ghost Guns’ Regulation. Hours before its stay was to expire, the Court extended its block of a Texas judge’s finding that the rule was illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court has again reinstated on an emergency basis the Biden administration’s rule regulating so-called ghost guns that can be assembled at home. The ruling is not the final word on the issue. The case continues in the lower courts. It could also return to the Supreme Court in the future.
For years, I’ve been warning everyone to be aware of where you can expect the next attack on you and your family to occur. A few days ago, such attacks occurred in Israel, and people found attackers at their front door, in their living rooms, and even in their bedrooms. While this seems to be very far away and is even in another country, it certainly can happen here.
You have to be ready. You have to get training. You have to get equipment, and you have to practice. And you have to practice repeatedly, every month. You have to set up scenarios in your home and practice the various ways that people can attack you in your home. You have to include your family in these practices. As an example, Israel’s National Security Minister has procured 10,000 AR-15-type rifles for civilian security teams. A police commander and spokesman, Eli Levi went even further and suggested that the Jewish citizens carry guns even in places of prayer and family entertainment. This statement was issued before the recent attacks on Israel. It is good to see somebody in the world realize that only the individual who is being attacked can stop the attack. This is something we should all remember.
*** Later today advocates for victims of domestic violence will be proposing further gun control to be considered during the veto session in Springfield. For the first time, under their proposal, anyone who is served with an emergency order of protection would have to surrender all of their firearms to law enforcement, changing current law. Obviously, we all stand against those who would commit domestic violence, and anyone who has been declared a clear and present danger should not have access to firearms. However, you must also stand against those who would use tragedies and abject government failure to try and further restrict constitutional rights. If this bill were to pass, Firearms owners would lose the right to due process and potentially have their firearms destroyed as a result of this proposed legislation. The ISRA will be there to fight against this attempt to diminish your rights.
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