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Illinois State Rifle Association director notes 2 bills group considers anti-gun

By Robert Hadley | May 25, 2018

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Even after the General Assembly wraps up its spring session, Second Amendment rights could still face attack, according to Richard A. Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA).

In a letter to ISRA members, Pearson said recent proposals at both the state and local levels were “designed to appeal to the hysterically uninformed and misinformed.”

Pearson cited SB 337, the Gun Dealer Licensing bill, which has more than a dozen sponsors. The bill, which detractors claim would threaten the business of gun dealers, was placed on the calendar for a second reading and short debate as of May 24, according to the General Assembly’s website.


Pearson lauded Jackson County residents who support the ISRA who sent a crowd of 250 supporters of gun rights at the county’s recent board meeting. The protest was in response to board member Julie Peterson’s draft resolution to support anti-gun efforts in the state Capitol.

“The resolution was not adopted,” Pearson wrote in the ISRA bulletin.  “Strangely, Julie Peterson was absent. We are told it was a family medical emergency. Hopefully, there will (be) candidates for her seat with the next election.”

Other items mentioned in the bulletin include the passage of gun sanctuary laws in an estimated 30 counties in Illinois and a move in the Illinois House to asking that gun sales to be labeled “high risk” by credit card issuers. Rep. John Connor (D-Lockport) sponsored HR 1127.

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