Latest News for ISRA Members!
The ISRA has the following news to share with you. This
press release was released yesterday afternoon:
ISRA Takes Action Against Cook County
Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was
today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
The ISRA announced today that it is seeking injunctive relief
gun ban recently enacted by the Cook County Board. In
filing its complaint
with the Cook County Circuit Court, the ISRA is asserting
with the vaguely-worded ordinance would be impossible for
most citizens of
Cook County and, further, the method by which the ban was
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
and sporting firearms. The amendment, authored by
Suffredin, had been tabled in July of 2005 by the Board.
"In light of the circumstances under which this amendment was
the ISRA felt it was important that action be taken to
implementation," said ISRA Executive Director, Richard
Pearson. "We are
disappointed that the Cook County Board chose to pass this
without benefit of public debate -- especially when its
such a large number of Cook County residents. In addition
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
"We are confident that the Cook County Circuit Court will
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
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
News from Springfield
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:
HB704 Preemption for hunting firearms,
HB709 No net loss of habitat,
HB151 Free hunting licenses for active duty military,
HB1112 hunting albino deer.
All in all, yesterday was a good day.
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
ISRA Executive Director,
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
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
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.
complete IGOLD details.