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(IL) ISRA takes on Cook AWB

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  1. Blaster

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    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."
    The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful, and
    responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the
    interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.
     
  2. Jeff White

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    Good, I'll write them another check after work. It looks like the ISRA is getting serious about the fight this year.

    Jeff
     
  3. Autolycus

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    :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

    Thats what I am afraid ISRA is going to be doing.
     
  4. Jeff White

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    Why are you afraid the ISRA is going to fight. Perhaps you'd like the biggest stae orgainization in Illinois to sit this one out?

    WIthout Todd Vandermyde working in the capitol we'd already have worse laws then California.

    Who is your first choice to lead the fight?

    Jeff
     
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    Jeff White
    You have to pick your battles and not waste resources on a hopless cause. Sorry Jeff but the Cook County AWB is a done deal.

    The best we can hope for is to stop new legislation at the state level. I plan on making the trip to Springfield on the 14th but I am extremely concerned.

    NukemJim
     
  7. scout26

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    Why do I hear in my head:

    "We shall fight them on the beaches, and in the fields.......We shall never surrender."

    We cannot abandon the fight nor surrender anywhere. Gun CONTROL is like cancer. If you don't stop it early it will only get worse and spread.
     
  8. Deanimator

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    Unfortunately, ANY pro-gun activity in Cook County resembles nothing so much as Dieppe.

    You can learn from a defeat, but it's still a defeat.
     
  9. Jeff White

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    Steve Mcqueen,
    High powered rifles aren't legal for deer hunting in Illinois. You don't have a clue about what you're talking about.

    I think the suit is to send a message to Chicago delegation that we will fight. I've heard them bandy abuot the idea that they've crafted a bill that will be acceptable to everyone. They just want to pass some kind of a ban, they don't care if it is even effective. I look for them to drop the registration provision in order to make it more palatable.

    The suit is a shot across the bow of the Chicago politicians. It's also a warning shot for those legislators sitting on the fence. The suit also has a pretty good chance of succeeding on the open meetings act count. Last year the governor signed a bill bringing electronic communications to include cell phone text messages under the open meetings act.

    Jeff
     
  10. sctman800

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    I think the ISRA has been getting more and more involved in all forms of gun ownership especiallyn over the last couple years. I have been a member of Champaign County Rifle Assn. for a few years and last year joined the ISRA. Yes, there are some things the ISRA has done in the past I was not happy with, but we all have to learn. Now when I show up at IGOLD March 14, I will be a member and that I believe is importaint.
    We must all rember every day, ALL FIREARMS ARE UNDER ATTACK!!! Jim.
     
  11. Outlaw Man

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    I may have to send them some money. There's a lot of decent people up there, and their going to wind up having to defend themselves with a coat hanger and some duct tape before these bans stop. Best of luck to all of you in Cook Co. and the rest of IL. You're going to need it.
     
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    I have some experience doing grassroots org'ing in IL back in the 90s so I
    guess things have done a near 180 since then....good to know that all the
    over/under shotgun types who could have completely cared less about the
    1994 AWB and who also didn't make much noise every time a state CCW bill
    was gasping for breath in the IL legislature must no longer have any influence
    in the IL ISRA. Maybe they got burned too many times by enough candidates
    for political office in the 90s to re-evaluate things in the 2000s.
     
  13. Jeff White

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    The ISRA isn't the same organization it was. Things have changed since the 90s....And changed for the good. This year lobby day is a joint project with the other organizations.

    The problem with so mny people on our side is that they are absolutists. Anything less then what's politically possible right now is considered a sell out. The reality is that things move incrementally in the political world and everything is a compromise these days. The antis no this. They got to where they are by fighting in small increments. That's not good enough for many of us though. We want it all or nothing. They took our rights away one small bite at a time, and many of us want them all back in one fell swoop. You know what, it ain't gonna happen that way.

    The antis even craft their bills with throw away provisions so they can negotiate. But whenever one of our legistlators crafts a bill, there are 10k people on our side who will call him/her a sell out if it doesn't eliminate all restrictions immediately. The absolutist gun rights organiztions will never be successful because their all or nothing agenda is politically impossible.

    If we don't educate ourselves about how the political process actually works and start trying to accomplish what's possible at the moment and take our rights back one step at a time just the way they were taken, we'll fight among ourselves until we have lost them all.

    Jeff
     
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    Richard Pearson had a mini Zumbo moment a couple years ago.

    He was quoted making a statement that could be construed as anti EBR or ccw, I forget which.

    He and they at ISRA learned that much of the new blood in ISRA is made up of shooters not hunters. I was assured in an e mail they are committed to CCW and protection of our right to own any kind of gun regardless of its look.

    I think they have stepped it up a notch the last few years and I will continue to support them.
     
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    Richard Pearson told me personally that they have a plan to turn the FOID into a CCW, which would effectively be Vermont style carry. I got this answer when I asked about pushing to have the FOID eliminated.

    The key is in my earlier post, doing things as they become politiaclly possible.

    Jeff
     
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    Jeff, I heard this over 10 years ago. I now live in a state with CCW. I didn't
    move because of IL's gun laws, but for career reasons like most people do.
    But like every other state, IL is a piece of the larger puzzle.

    Well understood as I have been making the "divide and conquer" analogy here
    for quite some time. However, don't misunderstand digging in on our side
    as mindless absolutism when our side has had a strong streak of serf mentality
    that needs to be weeded out. This was the mentality in 1994 when people
    were "thankful that they let us keep the EBRs we already had and we can
    still buy our minis, garands, etc." That is also defeatist thinking.

    I agree given where this country is at right now. And sadly it's also not PC
    in our conservative circles to even say such as "Well, I'm glad my ancesters
    in 1776 didn't feel that way." Even our people immediately have a nervous
    knee-jerk to conditioned media influenced mental images of Joe's ragtag
    militia just as quickly as the most indoctrinated anti-gun java jaw-flapping
    liberal.

    It's actually possible to hold your ground and get people out of office without
    bloodshed. Although Europe had it's bloody changes in the 90s, it also had
    its more sedate changes in government. However, in our country this change
    will not happen based on the gun issue alone. It wasn't in 1776, it won't be
    for us either or in a more distant future. It will be a convergence of factors
    that move people toward action --most of which will be economic. Violence
    is not necessary for this change either.

    General Pike summed up political nature well in this respect:

    I couldn't have said it better.
     
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    Here's an example of how Richard "Zumbo" Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association burned gun rights groups across the country. http://illinoiscarry.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=4395&st=0&

    It's good that he's finally doing something right for once. However, Steve is essentially correct, as Richard "Zumbo" Pearson is a FUDD.
     
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    I disagree that the ISRA is a hunter's organization. I belong to the range outside Kankakee and they have high-power rifle matches there constantly. 300 yard range, 100 yard range, pistol ranges along with a 100 meter range for benchrest people.

    The rifle of choice at the high-power matches? The AR15, like everywhere else. Also, Garand matches, rifle leagues, and pistol matches. Hardly a hunter's organization anymore.

    They do have a once a year sight-in day the public is welcome to attend, this is an attempt to draw more members.

    You seldom see hunter's sighting in hunting rifles otherwise, since as mentioned above, Illinois is not a center-fire rifle hunting state.
     
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    The gunnies in Illinois like to hold the ISRA (who they don't support financially usually) responsible for the actions of the people we vote into office!!

    Join and participate to help our agenda in Springfield.

    It is more productive then whining on the internet.
     
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    Jeff you may have a valid point about the open meetings act, I do not know, am not a lawyer and do not pretend to understand how likely it is to be applied and I do not know what kind of action might result. If they can get it negated on such grounds, with minimal expenditure/effort, fine do it

    But taking Daley on in his own back yard when he is about take over the whole neighborhood does not seem to be a good idea to me. The antis have all the free legal talent, as much political clout as they want, MSM for "Conferences" lots of people available for demonstrations/counterdemonstrations on demand, many people who will talk about their poor child who was about to turn their life around gunned down on video, there will actually be some innocent children killed they will show on video etc.... :barf:

    ISRA does not have unlimited resources* I do not believe it can effectivley fight both a state level ban and Cook County ban at the same time. What good does it do to get rid of the ban in Cook County if they start a whole new statewide ban?

    Which would the antis prefer ?

    A) A Cook County Ban
    or
    B) A Illinois Ban which covers all the counties in Illinois

    Sorry Jeff but I respectfully but firmly disagree with you on this matter, unless they can attack it through the Open Meeting Act you mention. I would love it if they did win but I believe fighting the statwide ban for 100+ counties is more important than fight for 1.

    NukemJim




    *( yes I donate even though I'm not a member{ask the guy selling raffle tickets at the last DuPage Gunshow we had a chat about me not being a member}, I plan to be there March 14 and I went to Springfield last lobby day).
     
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    Jeff White: I am glad they are fighting. I was trying to say (rather poorly apparently) that I am afraid they are just beating their heads into a wall. I support them but I am just afraid of the idiocy of Cook county and its politicos.
     
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    Some of you guys are FOS. Like you, "Steve McQueen"...

    You are obviously someone who whines and complains and spreads BS on the internet - to what end, I can't say. If you think that ISRA is what it was 10-15 years ago, you are as ignorant and confused as that pathetic response you posted. ISRA is well represented with shooters from the black rifle crowd - not just "fudds" or whatever other derogatory name you use to describe our fellow sportsman.

    You would know that if you were more than casually involved in the fight against the unlawful taking of our God-given rights. You would know that some of us here are more than casually aquainted with those in the ISRA hierarchy you demean so freely. I figure it's easier to insult these folks than it is to give them a dollar and a little bit of your time, right?

    When some of you insult these folks, it may be that you are insulting folks here, their friends or people they know. I suggest you ****. Because if you were really around these folks, you would know better. And for the record, I have never hunted anything other than a Chipmunk.

    I'll stop there before I get banned.
     
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    44Brent,

    I read that link and I understand how absolutely offensive and unfortunate that incident was. I cringe when I remember that whole mess.

    However, since you are giving us all a refresher on one of the 2 biggest mistakes ISRA has made in the last bunch of years, I wonder if there's not something you are or forgetting, or purposely skating over, in terms of how that whole "loophole" thing went down?

    I'll leave it to anyone remotely interested to research the other half of that story.
     
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    Hk91 Fan, other members and I might be interested in the half you refer to. If you have some information that would change our perception or point of virw on that unplesantness I would ask that you please elucidate.

    If you do not present your point of view no one else will.

    Sorry just my humble onpinoin.

    NukemJim
     
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    I was very sad when John Birch shut down www.concealcarry.org it was usually the first place I would visit. One thing he allways said was that our fight is not in Springfield but in Chicago. I think he was probably correct and the state will never change unless things change in Chicago. Jim.
     
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