Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director’s Message for December 5 2013

Illinois State Rifle Association
Illinois State Rifle Association

Illinois –-( On Tuesday December 3rd 2013, both the Illinois House and Illinois Senate passed SB114, which is a trailer bill to the Illinois Concealed Carry Act HB0183. SB114 now awaits the Governor’s signature.

The purpose of a trailer bill is to correct errors or mistakes that were made in a previous bill.

It was good that SB114 passed because it addressed issues that needed to be corrected in HB0183. I expect another trailer bill in the spring session to address other errors in HB0183. This is a usual procedure following almost all bills.

Having a debate on all bills is important because the intent of the legislation is clarified in the record. The preemption language was brought up on Tuesday in a question and answer session between Representative Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) and Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein).

This question and answer session made it clear that rules on Concealed Carry lay squarely with the State of Illinois; the City of Chicago, Cook County, and any other municipality are not to tamper with the Concealed Carry legislation. Exercises like Representative Phelps and Sullivan went through are critical to court cases brought against municipalities who may try to tamper with the Illinois Concealed Carry Act. Kudos to Representative Phelps and Representative Sullivan.

We are now working with the joint committee on Administrative Rules trying to be sure the rules which will be eventually adopted do not diminish our Right To Carry. The struggle is far from over but the ISRA is there representing you.

Thank you for being a member or supporter.

Richard Pearson
ISRA Executive Director

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 Visit:

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Richard Pearson of ISRA is looking out for all the simple minded gun owners in IL down in Springfield. This is the “man” who recruited Otis McDonald to the Supreme Court, then let NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde write Duty to Inform into Rep. Brandon Phelps “good” HB183 carry bill. If Pearson would set down his martini and read the trailer bill, he could see that DTI has now been extended to everyone in the car, including non-Illinois licensees! Thanks Richard, what have you got for us next? How much did you pay NRA lobbyist Vandermyde to lure him away from… Read more »


The “man” who recruited then sold out Otis McDonald is going to tell his hicks how hard he works for them in Springfield? Pearson should set down his martini and read the bill. Duty to Inform has now been extended to everyone in the vehicle, specifically stating that out of state licensees must now inform or be arrested and subject to 6 months or 1 year in jail. What other great work will the ISRA do for gun owners next? ISRA actually pays money to NRA contract lobbyist Todd Vandermyde, so he can pass the worst bills possible and create… Read more »