and Illinois State Rifle Association Join Forces!

 Mike and Valinda Rowe, Springfield Coordinators and lobbyists for IllinoisCarry and Illinois State Rifle Association
Mike and Valinda Rowe, Springfield Coordinators and lobbyists for IllinoisCarry and Illinois State Rifle Association
Illinois State Rifle Association
Illinois State Rifle Association

Chatsworth, IL -( When the General Assembly returned to session this week, there were two new faces joining the Illinois State Rifle Association team.

Valinda Rowe and husband Mike will serve as Springfield Coordinators and lobbyists for both the ISRA and

It was almost inevitable that the top two Second Amendment organizations in the state should team up to form an even more effective presence in Springfield. The national award winning ISRA and the national award winning grassroots group,, are joining forces for an even stronger front in the battle for Second Amendment rights for Illinois citizens. The two organizations represent nearly 40,000 gun owners in the State of Illinois.

ISRA President Don Moran, “We have worked closely with Valinda and Mike over the past decade, our parallel cases, IC / SAF’s Moore v Madigan and NRA / ISRA’s Sheppard v Madigan being the straw that broke the camel’s back in moving CCL forward in Illinois. It’s been a partnership for some time and our codifying it has been long overdue. The ISRA welcomes Valinda and Mike on board and we look forward to continuing to fight together for firearms rights in Illinois for years to come.”

ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson, “I am pleased that the ISRA and IllinoisCarry are working together. The gun owners of this state will be well represented by this partnership.”

Valinda, spokesperson for IllinoisCarry and her husband, Mike, are excited about their new role in Springfield, “We believe this partnership will benefit both organizations and help each one to be better, stronger, and more efficient in many ways. We have always enjoyed working alongside our friends in the ISRA and we are excited to see that relationship expand. It is our hope to not only strengthen the ISRA’s presence in Springfield but to also increase the overall presence of all Second Amendment supporters.”

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About Illinois State Rifle Association:

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.

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5 years ago

Otis McDonald’s book “An Act of Bravery” list both Valinda Rowe and Richard Pearson as two of the people who recruited Otis for the Supreme Court case against the City of Chicago. ISRA & IL Carry are mostly composed of people from all white small towns in southern IL, and they needed blackface for their lawsuit to be trendy. When the U.S. Federal Appeals Court in Chicago struck down IL’s concealed weapons statute in Dec. 2012, Rowe and Pearson did NOTHING to stop NRA contract lobbyist Donald Todd Vandermyde from putting Duty to Inform w/ criminal penalties in Rep. Brandon… Read more »

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2 years ago
Reply to  ChicagoGuy

We have some black folks in our small town. They were sent here by the state to get them off Chicago’s welfare rolls.