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ISRA praises legally armed citizen who helped end police shootout with suspect firing automatic weapon

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By Glenn Minnis | Sep 23, 2018

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Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director Richard A. Pearson has joined the list of those saluting a still unidentified armed citizen from Cicero who recently came to the aid of local police under siege from an armed gunman.

Officer Luis Duarte was struck several times in the shootout before the hero came to his rescue by opening fire on the gunmen, hitting him once and ending the gunfight.

“Sometimes there is just no avoiding reporting a good outcome when a legally armed citizen uses a firearm,” Pearson said in a statement. “Such was the case when Cicero police officers engaged a suspect who was firing at them with an automatic weapon.”

In all, Illinois has 89,779 Concealed Carry Licensees license holders and 598,205 Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card holders. Pearson also estimates that at least 2,000,000 citizens have now used a firearm in self-defense.

ISRA officials also took time to remind gun owners and members of the importance of the upcoming mid-term elections slated for later this fall.

“The midterms are getting closer and for gun owners across Illinois and the country, everything is on the line,” Pearson said. “If we lose this election, it will be because gun owners didn’t vote. All gun owners should vote early; early voting starts September 27.”

ISRA also noted 42 counties have now passed a Gun Sanctuary County Resolution, urging members to contact their county board to express support if they are considering enacting adopting such a measure.

Upcoming Events also include:

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League

Combat Paper Steel League

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Bench Rest League

Wednesday Night F-Class League

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 29 & 30

2018 ISRA Illinois State Outdoor Pistol Championships

Saturday, Sept. 29

Intro to Firearms for Beginners

The Well-Armed Woman

ISRA Marksmanship League

Sunday, Sept. 30

Fall Glock League

Rimfire Competition

NRA Basic Rifle Course

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

McHenry County Gun Show

Woodstock, Illinois — McHenry County Fairgrounds

Sunday, Sept. 23

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$5

Pecatonica Gun Show

Pecatonica, Illinois — Winnebago County Fairgrounds

Sept. 28 – 30

Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

National Civil War Show & Sale

Wheaton, Illinois — DuPage County Fairgrounds

Saturday, Sept. 29

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$9

Collector Arms Dealers Association Gun Show

National Civil War Show & Sale

Wheaton, Illinois — DuPage County Fairgrounds

Saturday, Sept. 29

9 a.m to 4 p.m.

$9

Kankakee Gun Show

Kankakee, Illinois — Kankakee County Fairgrounds

Sept. 29 & 30

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$6

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