ISRA Thursday Bulletin – May 16, 2019



Executive Directors Message

On May 16, 1945, President Harry S. Truman made the decision to go forward with an attack on Japan using an atomic bomb.  Two months later a plutonium based atomic bomb was successfully tested near Alamogordo, New Mexico.  This was known as the Trinity Test.  The United States developed two types of bombs, a uranium based bomb and a plutonium based bomb.  Scientists were sure the uranium based bomb would work but they were unsure about the plutonium based bomb because little was known about plutonium, a trace element found in uranium.  The plutonium core was about the size of a grapefruit but much more powerful.  The project name for the development of the atomic bomb was the Manhattan Project.  The cost was two billion dollars, about what the government pays for a toilet seat today.

Cuckoo Cory Booker is at it again.  Now he wants to imprison gun owners who don’t comply with his radical anti-gun agenda, should he be elected.  Remember, he is not the only candidate with an anti-gun agenda.  If any of the Marxist candidates get elected, the outcome for gun owners will be the same, very bad.  In my opinion, all of these candidates favor freeloaders over working people, illegal immigrants over American citizens and perverts over patriots.

Massad Ayoob is a longtime friend of the Illinois State Rifle Association.  On June 6, 7, 8 and 9, Massad will be presenting his famous MAG-40 class at the ISRA Range in Bonfield, Illinois.  Bonfield is near Kankakee where there are excellent hotels and eating establishments.  The cost for the class is $800 but if you are an ISRA member, you receive a 10% discount ($720).  The other great part of this class is you don’t have to drive a couple of days or fly somewhere to get top notch training.  Lunch is provided each day.  If you have special dietary needs you will have let us know.  We will try to accommodate you but, if not, you will need to bring your lunch.

Wednesday afternoon, Kathleen Willis’s draconian FOID card bill was posted to Committee as SB1966.  SB1966 was a Public Defender Bail Program bill.  The bill was hijacked and it will be amended which will turn the bill into HB96 FA1.  Since this bill has already passed the Senate, if this bill passes the House all that needs to happen is the Senate has to concur with the House and the bill will be on the Governor’s desk.  There will be no hearings in the Senate.

Remember, the title of SB1966 will remain the same so don’t be fooled.  The original sponsors may also change.  This is the kind of General Assembly trickery that we expected.  This is the most dangerous bill we have ever faced.  As I write this, the bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and will be heard on May 21st.  The bill is not ready for witness slips yet but that could change by the time you read this.  We will keep you posted.

Thanks for being a member.

Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar
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Saturday, May 18, 2019
MTG Intro to Defensive Pistol
New Shooter Highpower Rifle Clinic

Sunday, May 19, 2019
MTG Mastering the Revolver
ISRA Bullseye Match & Combat Match

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Bench Rest League
F-Class Rifle League
Paper & Steel League

Thursday, May 23, 2019
ISRA Smallbore Rifle League & F-Class Rifle League – Practice

Saturday, May 25, 2019
The Well Armed Woman
ISRA Marksmanship League

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Bench Rest League
F-Class Rifle League

Thursday, May 30, 2019
ISRA Smallbore Rifle League & Smallbore F-Class Rifle League

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Range Work Day
ISRA Concealed Carry Renewal Class
Firearm Skills & Drills

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

McHenry County Gun Show
Woodstock, IL – McHenry County Fairgrounds
Date: May 19, 2019
Hours: Sunday: 8:00-1:00
Admission: $5.00

Kankakee 1 Day Gun Show
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
Date: June 1, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 8:00-4:00
Admission: $6.00

Crown Point Gun Show
Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds
Dates: June 8-9, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $5.00

Regional Firearms Auction
Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Auction Company
Dates: June 20-23, 2019

Pecatonica Gun Show
Pecatonica, IL – Winnebago County Fairgrounds
Dates: June 21-22, 2019
Hours: Friday: 4:00-9:00
Saturday: 9:00-5:00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show
Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center
Dates: June 22-23, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

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