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The ISRA has the following news to share with you. This press release was released yesterday afternoon:

ISRA Takes Action Against Cook County Gun Ban

CHICAGO, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released
today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

    The ISRA announced today that it is seeking injunctive relief against a
gun ban recently enacted by the Cook County Board. In filing its complaint
with the Cook County Circuit Court, the ISRA is asserting that compliance
with the vaguely-worded ordinance would be impossible for most citizens of
Cook County and, further, the method by which the ban was passed violated
the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

    On November 14, 2006, the Cook County Board passed an amendment to the
existing Cook County Deadly Weapons Dealers Control Ordinance which seeks
to ban the sale, possession and transfer of a variety of popular hunting
and sporting firearms. The amendment, authored by Commissioner Larry
Suffredin, had been tabled in July of 2005 by the Board.

    "In light of the circumstances under which this amendment was passed,
the ISRA felt it was important that action be taken to halt its
implementation," said ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "We are
disappointed that the Cook County Board chose to pass this ordinance
without benefit of public debate -- especially when its provisions impact
such a large number of Cook County residents. In addition to the
questionable procedures under which it was passed, the ordinance is so
poorly worded that few, if any, firearm owners in the county would be
certain that they were in compliance with its requirements."

    "We are confident that the Cook County Circuit Court will recognize the
shortcomings of this ordinance and grant the firearm owners of Cook County
an injunction against its implementation," continued Pearson. "The ISRA and
the firearm owners of Cook County are second to none in their desire to
eradicate violent crime. However, we do not believe that law abiding
firearm owners should take it on the chin in the process. The ISRA and its
members stand ready to provide advice and guidance to the Cook County Board
in the development of meaningful legislation that will fight violent crime
while preserving the rights of law-abiding citizens who choose to own
firearms."


News from Springfield

Yesterday SB0016, the Senate shell bill AKA: 2007 Assault Weapons Ban was not called in the Public Health Committee. This bill will eventually be called and will pass out of this committee. SB0016 was deliberately sent to Public Health because of the make up of the committee. At some point language will be amended into the bill. It may be amended in committee or on the floor of the Senate. In any this will be a floor fight. We will keep you posted.

In the House Agriculture & Conservation committee the following ISRA supported bills were passed: HB320-Hunting Hours, HB704 Preemption for hunting firearms, HB709 No net loss of habitat, HB151 Free hunting licenses for active duty military, and HB1112 hunting albino deer.

All in all, yesterday was a good day.

Today, HB0796, a Dealers Licensing bill, Graham-D, is expected to be called in the Human Services Committee. Like the situation with SB0016, this bill is assigned to this particular committee because of who's seated on it. It is also expected to pass out of committee and head to a floor fight in the House.

Go to the ISRA legislative page daily for status updates on the bills listed there.

ISRA Executive Director,
Richard Pearson.


IGOLD - Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day - March 14

All Illinois gun owners are invited to join in Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) in Springfield on March 14, 2007.  This is an annual event where the members directly lobby their representatives in the Illinois House and Senate. This year, the ISRA is partnering with local and internet organizations in Illinois to increase participation and make a bigger & better impression in Springfield.  The other sponsoring organizations are IllinoisCarry.com, ICarry.org, CCRA/GSL.  Get your local organization involved as well!

If you don't feel like doing all the driving yourself, we'd love to have you join us on one of the deluxe chartered buses that are making stops at strategic locations throughout Illinois.

We will meet in the auditorium of the Howlett Building at 12:30 pm for registration. We will have a legislative briefing, then we will all proceed to the Capitol Building to locate and talk with our representatives.  We will have a reception at the Illinois State Library Auditorium from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.  We are urging all participants to stay until the end of the reception.  This is a very important part of the day, as the state's legislators have been invited to attend.

Please join us for Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, you won't regret going.

Go to IGOLD.ISRA.ORG for complete IGOLD details.