Executive Directors Message
Richard Pearson

The Virginia gubernatorial is a race to watch.  On November 2, 2021, Virginia will elect a new governor.  The race is between anti-gun former Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin.  Virginia has become a blue state and McAuliffe should be a shoo-in but he is getting a lot of push back from Second Amendment supporters.  Just to add fuel to the fire, if McAuliffe wins, he will bring with him anti-gun Attorney General Mark Herring.  This will be Herring’s third term if elected.I believe McAuliffe is in trouble.  I am not on the ground there but there has been a lot of internet traffic from anti-gun politicians in other states requesting funds for McAuliffe.  Most notably, in Illinois, from Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

This is a bellwether race that could predict how the midterm elections in 2022 might go.  I have to compliment the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL-PAC) efforts in stopping McAuliffe.  McAuliiffe has received $1,000,000 from Michael Bloomberg and from some big utility companies in Virginia.  In a year, it will be our turn.   The City of Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has fallen in line with other big city mayors in trying to get policemen, firemen, and other public employees to get vaccinated for Covid or lose their jobs.  Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has called officers not to comply.  The Chicago Police Department should be staffed by at least 13,000 officers.  Right now, there are only 11,000 officers and that number is slipping.  If Mayor Lightfoot enforces her mandate, the number could go much lower.  It would also mean the Chicago chaos is going to get worse.  Moreover, that chaos will likely spill out to the suburbs.  It is rumored that Chicago has asked other police departments for help and were told no.  The failures in Chicago to control the gangs means that surrounding police agencies will have their hands full.  Recently, the President of the Seattle Police Guild told city residents to prepare to defend themselves. That same piece of advice applies to Chicago residents.

On November 3, 2021, oral arguments will be heard before the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen case.  A new amicus brief has been filed by several New York Public Defenders offices, Black Attorneys of Legal Aid, the Bronx Defenders and Brooklyn Defenders in support of the NYSR&PA.  The brief explains how the New York law was used to discriminate against people of color.  If this case goes our way, it will put the “big hurt” on racist anti-gun liberals.  The fact is the New York law has been used to crush the Second Amendment rights of everyone in New York no matter who you are.  We may not get a decision until June on this case.

ISRA cases are still waiting to be heard.

Most of what happened in the first Veto Session was behind the scenes this week.  The second Veto Session will start next Tuesday.  I expect there will be plenty of action.  There are several bills out there that could affect the Second Amendment in Illinois.  One of those would be the microstamping bill, HB 2769 House Amendment 1 .  The ISRA has learned they will try to pass the microstamping bill in the House.  Stand by for alerts.  Call your State Representative and tell them to oppose this bill.  Usually, the General Assembly goes back into regular session in January.  In any case, the ISRA lobbying team will be there.

Henry Repeating Arms is the latest of the firearm manufacturers to move out of anti-gun states.  New Jersey has been Henry’s home but they are moving to a new 84,000 square foot facility in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.  Henry Repeating Arms has purchased 13.5 acres in Ladysmith for future expansion.  Henry employs 600 people in several locations.  Moving out of New Jersey is one of the better employee benefits a company could offer.