Your ISRA has learned that a gun control group called “Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA)” will be holding a recruitment and strategy meeting this week in Arlington Heights.  The NWSOFA has the following objectives:

1.  Passage of a state “dealer licensing” law which would drastically raise the cost of firearms and ammo and eventually lead to the closing of all gun shops in the state.  The NWSOFA is a proponent of Father Pfleger’s “Bad Apple Gun Dealer” campaign which has harassed law-abiding firearm dealers for several years.

2.  Replacing the late Justice Scalia with a gun grabber.

3.  Promoting the showing of the anti-gun propaganda documentary “10 Bullets, 3-1/2 Minutes” in taxpayer-funded buildings such as the Arlington Heights Public Library.


1.  No matter where you live, you should plan on attending the NWSOFA Meeting:
WHAT:  Gun control recruitment and strategy meeting
WHEN:  Thursday, February 18, 2016
TIME:  6:30 PM
WHERE:  The Corner Bakery, Northpoint Shopping Center, 470 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights
NOTE:  Please dress “under cover” so that you are not denied entry to the meeting.  Nobody needs to know your view on guns until the meeting gets started.

2.  Call the Arlington Heights Library District President, Debbie Smart, (847) 494-3707 and Vice President Deborah Nelson (773) 418-0355 and POLITELY tell them that you are a law-abiding Illinois firearm owner who objects to the showing of anti-gun propaganda films in the public library.  Keep calling until you get through.

3.  Pass this alert on to all your gun owning friends and family and tell them to attend the meeting and make calls.

4.  Please post this alert to any and all Internet blogs, bulletin boards, or social media sites to which you may belong.


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Illinois Bills to Violate Due Process of Gun Owners

ISRA Legislative Alert – Your Action Required On Two Bills 
This is a late start to this legislative session, but your action is required earlier in the process. Here are two bills to take action on, to oppose while they are still in committee, by using the links provided to fill out on-line witness slips at the ILGA website.  Continue reading Illinois Bills to Violate Due Process of Gun Owners

Central Illinois Meeting to Close Gun Shops

WHAT:  Meeting to plan actions to shut down gun shops
WHEN:  Monday, February 15, 2016, 5:00 PM
WHERE:  University YMCA, 1001 S Wright St, Champaign, ILAs you know, the gun-controllers are intent on preventing the opening of new gun shops and ranges and working very hard to shut down existing gun shops and ranges.

The anti-gunners will be bringing this effort to the Champaign area next week.  Top leaders from state and national “gun reform” groups will be in town to hold recruitment and planning meetings to set the stage for shutting down gun shops in central Illinois – including your favorite shops.

It’s very important that you meet this threat head-on so that you may continue to enjoy your right to keep and bear arms and preserve that right for future generations.


1.  Plan on attending the meeting listed above on February 15th.  Get there by 4:30 so that you get a good seat.  Be sure to dress “under cover” so that the gun-grabbers do not suspect that you are a gun-loving patriot.  Once in the meeting, prepare to vigorously defend your 2nd Amendment rights.  Enthusiastically challenge any anti-gun slander that may be uttered.  If you see the media there, boldly go right up to them and let them know that you are a law-abiding American gun owner and that you will not accept any diminishments of your rights.

2.  Pass this Alert along to all your friends and family – tell them to attend the meeting as well.

3.  Post this alert to any and all Internet blogs and bulletin boards, and/or social media sites to which you may belong.


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ISRA Legal Assistance Committee 2016 Benefit Banquet

ISRA Legal Assistance Committee 2016 Benefit Banquet 

Illinois State Rifle Association Legal Assistance Committee 2016 Benefit Banquet will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall in Elmhurst, Illinois (corner of Route 83 & North Avenue).


Social hour and raffles begin at 5:30pm.

Dinner at 7:00pm.

Dinner tickets: $40 each or $300 per table of eight.


Let Freedom Ring Gun Raffle (see the flyer linked below for details).


Contact the ISRA office at 815.635.3198.


Proceeds from this banquet will fund the ISRA Legal Assistance Committee’s on-going pro-gun legal research and defense fund activities.  The ISRA Legal Assistance Committee is a 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit organization.  A portion of your expenditures for this event may be tax deductible – check with your tax advisor to determine eligibility.


Flyer: LAC 2016 Benefit Flyer

Right to Carry, not Right to be a Jackass

A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that people with concealed carry licenses are truly the MOST law abiding citizens in the United States. However in every bunch there are bad apples.

While Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses currently (September 14th, 2016) hover around 250,000 people licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois, and revocations are around 250 as of August 2015, that is a rate of less than .001 or 0.1%! Of those 250 revoked, some of the people mentioned on this page have chosen to become revoked in a spectacular manner.

When you have gone through the proper training and when you have paid the proper fees to the government, and when you have receive your permission slip; you have the right to carry a concealed firearm.  While the laws of different states certainly will vary, no state that I am aware of gives you the right to be a jackass with your concealed carry license.

Continue reading Right to Carry, not Right to be a Jackass

Cook County Ammunition Tax has passed.

Cook County Illinois proposed an ammunition tax.  Last week it was voted on in committee, and this week went to the county board for vote.  Yesterday November 18th the board passed the ammunition tax.  The roll call is as follows…

The tax is passed by vote of 10 to 7:

Arroyo – Aye
Boyken – Aye
Butler – Aye
Daley – Aye
Fritchie – No
Gainer – No
Garcia – Aye
Goslen – No
Moore – Aye
Morrison – No
Murphy – Aye
Schneider – No
Silvestri – No
Sims – Aye
Steele – Aye
Suffredin – Aye
Tobolski – No


There will no doubt be law suits tied up in the courts for years.  Please be sure to write the Cook county board members who voted No on the Cook County Ammunition Tax and thank them.

This ammunition tax will add $0.01 to every round of rimfire ammunition and  add $0.05 to every round of centerfire ammunition. This ammunition tax was originally a part of the Cook County violence tax which passed in 2012, but was removed from the violence tax before passing vote.

Yet another Gun Violence Ordinance in Cook County Illinois

The Daily Herald is reporting that several anti gun politicians including Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin of Chicago, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Sheriff Thomas J. Dart are backing “anti gun violence” ordinance which is scheduled for a vote before the Cook county board on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Boykin’s 7 point plan was outlined to the Chicago Tribune in June and include: Creating parenting workshops throughout Chicago and Cook County; strictly enforcing curfew laws; expanding drug courts; charging co-conspirators and those responsible for the shootings; deploying the sheriff’s police in high-crime city areas; instituting stiffer penalties for people illegally in possession of firearms; and providing job training for areas with high levels of violence, unemployment and poverty.

Information is scarce at this time, so stay posted to this thread for additional information about the Cook County Gun Violence Ordinance.

Steal some Guns, get 20 Years. is reporting that a 19 year old repeat felon Illinois broke into a gun store in Centralia Illinois, and stole a load of firearms with the intention of selling them to rioters was arrested, and later sentenced to 20 years in jail.

More proof universal back ground checks won’t work since criminals don’t go through back ground checks.


Read the whole story here:

Illinois Rifle Sight-in by the ISRA

Before taking to the field this hunting season, Illinois sportsmen will head out to ranges across the state to sight-in their hunting rifles, pistols and shotguns. The ISRA rifle range is proud to play a role in this annual ritual by opening its gates to members of the general public who wish to sight-in their firearms and/or bows. Fees for the day are $10 per firearm or bow. Attendees must bring their own ammunition. All sight-in activities are strictly supervised by experienced range officers.

WHAT: 2015 Edition of ISRA’s Annual “Sight-in Day”

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

WHERE: ISRA Rifle Range located at 1589 N 7000 W Road (Warner Bridge Road), Bonfield IL. The Range Facility is about midway between Routes 113 and 17

WHO: ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson and Rangemasters will be available to the press to discuss Illinois hunting regulations and answer technical questions on how to sight-in various types of hunting firearms.

CONTACT: Richard Pearson, Illinois State Rifle Association, (815) 635-3198


Members of the media wishing to cover the event should call the ISRA office at (815) 635-3198 for further information.


To download the ISRA Advert for this sight-in event please visit:

Ilinois Now Accepting Non-Resident Concealed Carry Applications from South Carolina

Originally Posted April 3rd, 2014

Illinois is now accepting concealed carry license applications from residents of South Carolina. Currently Hawaii and South Carolina are the only states with substantially similar laws and mental health reporting.

According to the website, the following are the requirements prior to application for Non-Residents.


In accordance with 430 ILCS 66/40 (b), out of state residents may be eligible for an Illinois Concealed Carry License if your state meets the definition of substantially similar as established by rule. See 20 Il. Admin. Code 1231.10. Currently, the states identified below have been determined to have laws related to firearm ownership, possession, and carrying that are substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under Illinois’ law; and, therefore, may apply for an Concealed Carry License. This list will be updated as additional states are identified as substantially similar. Further Information concerning the regulations for non-resident applications can be found at 20 Il. Admin. Code 1231.110.

  • Hawaii
  • South Carolina

Other requirements if your state meets the substantially similarly definition:

  • 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP approved Instructor.
  • An electronic copy of a valid concealed carry license from my home state.
  • Electronic Copy of my training certificate(s). You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
  • A head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days.
  • An Illinois Digital I.D.Java will be required for all of these computer functions to work correctly. To find out if you have the current Java click on this link and then click on “verify java version” to find out if you have Java. AGAIN – YOU MUST HAVE JAVA LOADED ON YOUR PC.

    Visit the Illinois Digital ID website to obtain a digital ID.

    NOTE: If you have questions, visit the Illinois Digital ID website FAQ page or call the Central Management Services Help Desk at 1-866-465-9119 for assistance with the Digital ID. Questions regarding the Concealed Carry License application process should be directed to the Illinois State Police at 217-782-7980.

  • A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
  • Be able to provide the last ten years of residency.
  • A notarized affidavit documenting the applicant’s eligibility under both state and federal laws, the understanding of the laws pertaining to possession and transport of firearms, acknowledgment the applicant is subject to the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Police and the Illinois courts and that the applicant meets the mental health standards in Illinois to obtain a firearm.
  • $300.00 payable with a credit card or electronic check.