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Illinois State Rifle Association to Unveil Roving Billboard

Media Advisory

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

WHAT: Press briefing prior to launch of roving billboard touting the public safety advantages of privately-owned firearms.

WHEN: Monday, 28 February 2011, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Midwest Sporting Goods, 8565 Plainfield Road, Lyons, IL 60534

WHO: Richard Pearson, Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle Association.

Mr. Pearson will officially kick off a truck-mounted roving billboard campaign touting the public safety advantages of private firearm ownership. The roving billboard consists of two large truck-mounted panels advertising the fact that, on a daily basis, approximately 2,200 Americans utilize firearms to protect themselves from rape, robbery, murder and assault – a fact conveniently overlooked by the “mainstream media.”

Sponsored jointly by the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the ISRA, the roving billboard campaign comes in response to a similar effort spearheaded by New York City Mayor and gun control activist Michael Bloomberg. The Bloomberg project involves a roving billboard declaring that 34 Americans are shot to death by criminals every day.

The CCRKBA/ISRA roving billboard will depart from the parking lot of Midwest Sporting Goods, 8565 Plainfield Road, Lyons, IL, at approximately 10:00 AM en route to downtown Chicago via the Eisenhower Expressway. Once in the Loop, the roving billboard will work the streets – delivering its message to workers and shoppers in the central business district. Later that afternoon, the roving billboard will return to the suburbs where it will be seen by rush hour commuters.

Mr. Pearson will be available to the press to discuss the roving billboard campaign as well as ISRA’s on-going effort in the Capitol to pass legislation that would allow well-qualified, law-abiding citizens to carry defensive firearms for the protection of themselves and their families. Currently, Illinois is one of two states that prohibit citizens from carrying defensive firearms. The other state, Wisconsin, is expected to pass concealed carry legislation later this year.

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

WEB SITE: http://www.isra.org

SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association

Daley Doubling Down on a Losing Hand?

Jim Hanson @ BlackFive.Net, Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, talks about the McDonald v. Chicago ruling and the Second Ammendment Foundation’s suit against Chicago on the Alyona Show.

Although forecasting a quick victory for the SAF, calling Daley’s ordinance “doubling down on a losing hand”, he’s not sure if they’ll prevail on the gun range issue. (Allowing gun ranges within the City of Chicago).

As for what the motivation of the Second Ammendment Foundation in wanting American’s to be able to exercise their rights: “If you don’t have the option to defend yourself then you’ll get shot and you’ll die.”

New Lawsuit: Not Allowing Shooting Ranges in Chicago Violates Second Amendment

Target Practice by MelinaA new lawsuit was filed today in response to Chicago’s June 28th Responsible Gun Ownership Ordinance claiming that the ban on shooting ranges in Chicago is unconstitutional. It is a necessary step in obtaining a Chicago Firearms Permit (CFP) to complete one hour of range time in addition to the four hours of classroom instruction, but as the law stands today, it is not possible to obtain this requisite training within Chicago.

The suit was filed by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA), shooting range supplier Action Target Inc., Joseph Brown, Rhonda Ezell and William Hespen. Mr. Brown is a WWII veteran, Ms. Ezell a disabled burglary victim, and Mr. Hespen and retired Chicago Police detective.

“While the city has adopted new regulations that make it legal to own handguns, they have crafted this new ordinance to make it virtually impossible for prospective gun owners to meet all legal requirements unless they travel outside the city for mandatory training. The new ordinance prohibits public gun ranges inside the city yet the city demands that handgun owners get at least one hour of range training time.” -Second Amendment Foundation Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.

There are existing lawsuits related to the ban on retailing firearms in Chicago.

The SAF press release announcing the suit:

For Immediate Release: 8/16/2010

CHICAGO, IL – The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Chicago’s new gun ordinance, asserting that “by banning gun ranges open to the public… under color of law,” the city is depriving citizens of their right to keep and bear arms in violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Joining SAF in this lawsuit are the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA), Action Target, Inc., and three individual plaintiffs including a retired Chicago police detective. They are represented by attorneys Alan Gura of Virginia and David Sigale of Chicago, who teamed up with SAF and ISRA on the landmark case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, which incorporated the Second Amendment to the states, effectively striking down Chicago’s 28-year-old handgun ban.

“While the city has adopted new regulations that make it legal to own handguns,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “they have crafted this new ordinance to make it virtually impossible for prospective gun owners to meet all legal requirements unless they travel outside the city for mandatory training. The new ordinance prohibits public gun ranges inside the city yet the city demands that handgun owners get at least one hour of range training time.

“This is a ‘Catch-22’ scenario,” he continued, “that seems deliberately designed to discourage Chicago residents from exercising their firearm civil rights barely two months after those rights were restored by the Supreme Court.”

Individual plaintiffs are Rhonda Ezell, a victim of three attempted burglaries who has disabilities making it difficult for her to travel outside the city; Joseph Brown, a WWII U.S. Army veteran who was among the liberators of the infamous Dachau concentration camp, and William Hespen, a retired police detective, all of whom must qualify for Chicago Firearms Permits.

Action Target, a Utah-based company, builds shooting ranges and manufactures gun range equipment and supplies. It has a long history of providing gun safety equipment and training, and has previously built law enforcement shooting ranges in Chicago. However, Action Target is prohibited from building a public target range within the city’s limits under the restrictions of the new gun ordinance.

Randy Graham, vice president of Action Target, said, “We believe that citizens have a constitutional right to use and train with firearms in a safe and controlled environment. As a leader in the firearms training industry, Action Target is committed to standing up for these rights.”

“By banning public gun ranges,” Gottlieb said, “and by banning the loan and rental of firearms at such ranges, Chicago is acting under color of law to deprive citizens of their right to keep and bear arms, and to conveniently receive the education required under the ordinance that is necessary to obtain a Chicago Firearms Permit. The city is violating both the Second and First amendments, and we are asking the court to put an end to this nonsense.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

6 Reasons to Break the Silence


Crime Scene photo by Alan Cleaver
Lt. Dan Marcou brings us another view of violence in Chicago and how we can affect it and what impact the gun violence has had on Chicago’s officers.

His article: Despite ‘no-snitch’ rule, cops clear cases leads in by commending our dedicated officers’ spirit in the face of adversity: citizens and crime victims who will not cooperate and the horrific and increasingly brazen attacks on cops.

Lt. Marcou offers up 6 key reasons why you need to be involved in your neighborhood:

1. No criminal can operate openly on a street corner unless the neighborhood tolerates it.
2. No neighborhood is fit for a child to be raised in when criminals are allowed by neighbors to operate freely in that neighborhood.
3. Police are less effective without citizen cooperation.
4. If a community allows criminals to intimidate them into silence, they will eventually will become prisoners of their own fear.
5. With total community backing, the police can send criminals packing.
6. A criminal commits no crimes in a community during the years he is locked away in a prison.

He points out that Chicago police have cleared 30% of the homicides and 18% of the less-than-fatal shootings. Although this may seem to be a low number, Lt. Marcou believes that this is an “incredible” result considering the code of silence that surrounds violent crime in Chicago.

After a recap of the terrible loss of three officers in the last three months he leaves us with this call to action:

The citizens of those neighborhoods turning a blind eye to the unchecked violence of ruthless gang bangers must decide if they want their children to thrive in the neighborhoods the community chooses to change for the better, or cower in the neighborhoods the gangs destroy.

One thing is certain. While the citizens of Chicago struggle with these issues, thousands of officers of the Chicago Police Department will strap on their duty belt and pin on their badge each day and hit the means streets of the “Windy City” often beleaguered, ever indomitable.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay positive!

Via: PoliceOne.com