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Illinois Firearm Rights Rally a Major Success

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Illinois Firearm Rights Rally a Major Success

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The following is the text of a statement released today by Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director, Richard Pearson:

“On behalf of the ISRA and the other co-sponsors of Wednesday’s Illinois Gun Owners’ Lobby Day (IGOLD), I have to say that we couldn’t be happier with the results of our efforts. Our preliminary figures indicate that in excess of 7,500 law-abiding firearm owners flooded the capitol to respectfully lobby their representatives for the restoration of their firearm rights. I have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from legislators, capitol staff, and law-enforcement officers regarding the manner in which our people conducted themselves during their visit to Springfield. This praise speaks volumes of just how seriously the firearm owners of this state take this campaign to restore their rights.”

“The purpose of this year’s rally was threefold. First and foremost, we wanted to remind legislators that the state’s lawful firearm owners are sick and tired of the Chicago/Cook County Machine using us as scapegoats for the Machine’s inability to control crime and violence within its borders. Second, we wanted to make it clear that we will not tolerate the passage of punitive gun control schemes such as Mayor Emanuel’s gun registration and ammunition tax proposals. Third, we wanted to reiterate out expectation that the General Assembly bring Illinois in line with the 49 other states by passing legislation to allow law-abiding citizens to carry defensive firearms for the purpose of protecting themselves and their families from violent criminals. Based on what I witnessed Wednesday, we accomplished our mission on all three counts.”

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