By Richard Pearson

Every once in a while, there is a bright spot in our day.  One of those bright spots popped last week in the form of a court ruling.  U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, California, struck down California’s so-called assault weapons ban declaring it unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was brought by Jim Miller et al.  The et al includes other California residents, Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, California Gun Rights Foundation and several other groups.  Judge Benitez stated in his decision, “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR15 is the perfect combination of a home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment, good for home defense and battle.”  Of course, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonita are squalling like a couple of long tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs.  What else could we expect from these two darlings of the left wing?

The Judge points out that in California, you are 300% more likely to be murdered by hands, fists and feet and 700% more likely to be killed by a knife than an AR15 and its cousins.  There, of course, was a 30 day stay on implementing the decision to give the anti-gun side a chance to appeal.

I know it sounds early but the first hunting season this year is only a little over seven weeks away and dove season will be here before you know it.  I am already seeing ads for hunting gear and some stores are already stocking shotgun shells for the Upland Game and Deer Season.  I would not hesitate if you see something you need.  It is better to have your shotgun shells on the shelf than wish you had gotten them when they were available.

Tick season is here right now.  Illinois is blessed to have four different kinds of ticks, all carrying different nasty diseases.  Illinois has the Deer Tick, the Lone Star Tick, the Dog Tick and the Gulf Coast Tick.  Most of the time these ticks feed on our furry friends but if given a chance, they don’t mind taking a bite out of you.  Using a bug repellent with plenty of DEET in it is a good defense.  Spray your shoes, boots, socks and pant legs.  I also spray my shirts as well as exposed skin.  When you get out of the field or timber, take a shower.  I have had two of those little ticks dig into me and I found them while taking a shower.  Putting your clothes in a hot drier for 20 minutes will kill the ones you missed.  Don’t forget your pets. Ticks, particularly the dog tick, can really harm man’s best friend.  Ticks will piggyback a ride into your house.  Be sure you have tick protection on your pets and check them frequently.

Well known instructor David Diller will hold his Defensive Tactics for Concealed Carry Level I class on June 25, 2021.  He will also have a two-day Tactical Carbine Class Level I on July 30 & 31.  You don’t want to miss any of these classes.

Next week the Illinois General Assembly will be back in session.  The General Assembly left on May 31st subject to the call of the Chair in both the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives.  That means they will be back in regular session so anything can happen.  Don’t be surprised if you get an alert.