Illinois FOID Cards Top 2,000,000 Gun Owners
Article first appeared at Ammo Land.
Springfield, IL -(AmmoLand.com)- The latest numbers are in from the Illinois State Police. The great news is that FOID Cards are over 2,000,000; 2,004,164 to be exact.
The number of FOID’s sends a powerful message to the political establishment. To put that number in perspective, Governor Rauner received approximately 1,700,000 votes in the last election. The number of ICCL’s stands at 159,960.
Next, I want to thank all of those who responded to our calls for the witness slips on various bills. On Wednesday, April 6th 2016, HB3160 made it out of committee, despite our best efforts. This means a floor fight at some point. We now have to prepare to contact our legislators in both the House and Senate. I would immediately look up the names, phone numbers and emails of your legislators and keep them handy. When the time comes, we will have to act quickly.
The NRA Convention will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 20th, 21st and 22nd of 2016. This will be the 145th Annual Meeting of the NRA. If you have never been to an NRA Annual Meeting, you should go to the one in Louisville. The next Annual meeting will be held in Atlanta on April 28th, 29th and 30th, 2017. I don’t yet know where the 2018 Annual Meeting will be held. There has been no official announcement but rumors are that it will be in the Southwest. Louisville will be the closest one for a while. The Illinois State Rifle Association will have a booth in Louisville. I hope I will see you there.
IGOLD 2016 was a wet one. We were greeted by a cold drizzly rain in the morning with various spurts of downpours from time to time.
Despite the rain, the enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Prairie Capital Convention Center to hear updates from NRA lobbyists Shannon Alford, Todd Vandermyde, and ISRA lobbyists Valinda Rowe, and myself. Massad Ayoob, legendary firearms instructor, and Chip Eberhart from the NRA ads (I’m the NRA and I am Freedom’s Safest Place), both gave rousing speeches. Every speaker made you proud to be a gun owner and an ISRA member.
Although the drizzle continued at parade time, it did not matter. Our Chief Parade Marshall, Tom Shafer, did a fabulous job (as usual) leading off the parade on time.
These were not the sunshine patriots that people talk about, these marchers were the hard core Second Amendment people that win skirmishes, battles and wars – just what we need.
After arriving at the Capitol, we shortened the length of the speeches at the Lincoln Steps because of the weather and went into the Capitol to lobby our legislators. At 3:30, in the rotunda, we expanded the rally, with over 20 legislators speaking. It was super. I would be remiss if I did not mention all the great people who helped unload, set up, organize, sell memberships and merchandise, tear down, clean up and do all the things that make a successful operation.
Everyone is important to make a successful operation. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate you.
Thanks for being a member. You are the best.
Check out ISRA’s website at www.isra.org! Tell us what you think!
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.