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* Important Article on the Hazards of Lead

We wanted to make you aware of a recent investigation published by The Seattle Times on the dangers of lead contamination at indoor shooting ranges. This article was published on Friday, October 17th.

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* With Concealed Carry Ban Lifted, Illinois Gun Advocates Already Pushing For Looser Laws

I don’t know if you follow gun laws or what is going on here in Illinois.  But it is always fun to see what the Huffing Post has to say.  Here is an article by Kim Bellware. What do you think?  You can contact me at

 As the first crop of Illinois gun owners receive concealed carry permits this week, the state's gun rights lobbyists are already vowing to push the law even further in the coming months.

 Gun rights supporters rallied in the state's capital of Springfield Wednesday morning for the group's annual Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day. The Associated Press reports IGOLD participants want state lawmakers to relax restrictions on where gun owners can take their concealed weapons to include currently banned places like parks, libraries and aboard mass transit.

 After its long-standing ban on concealed carry was struck down last year, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed firearms. About 50,000 people have applied for permits since Illinois State Police began accepting applications in early January and about 5,000 have already been approved, the Sun-Times reports.

 State and local law enforcement can object to an applicant's request based on red flags like a criminal history. So far the state's seven-member Concealed Carry Licensing Board has sustained about 100 objections, and overruled about 100 others.

 Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is among the officials who have strenuously objected to the new law, filing hundreds of objections citing arrests for domestic violence, burglary, theft, gang activity and other crimes involving drugs and guns.

 “More guns in more public places equals greater potential for gun violence," Dart told The Huffington Post through a spokesman.

 Richard Pearson, the executive director for the Illinois State Rifle Association, insists places that ban guns are more inviting for criminal activity, the AP reports.

 Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, another one of the state's most vocal critics of the new law, disagrees. On Tuesday, Chicago's top cop warned of what he called the deadly consequences of having more guns on the streets.

 “There are going to be confrontation situations. We’re hearing stories across the country about people getting shot over 'thug music,' right? Or somebody throwing popcorn in a movie theater,” McCarthy told CBS Chicago, referring to the separate killings of Florida teen Michael Dunn and Florida man Chad Oulson.

 “These things are going to come, as sure as we’re standing here,” McCarthy said. "Stand by and watch what happens. The answer to gun violence is not more guns.”

* Woman rushed from bedroom with gun blazing

Two alleged robbers who were pretending to sell guns door-to-door met their match at a Lincolnton home Saturday afternoon, when a woman emerged from a bedroom firing a gun of her own. Within seconds, one of the suspects, 51-year-old Marion Palmer Yarborough, was dead and the second was on the run, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office told the Gaston Gazette. The gun-toting woman was not identified and investigators told the Gazette they believe she likely won’t be charged, because it was a matter of self-defense.

* Guns for bail? Baltimore City Council considers it

Trevor Brooks, a convicted murderer who attended a Silicon Valley entrepreneurship program after getting out of prison, has an idea he thinks could reduce the rate of gun violence in Baltimore: Let people use an app to turn in guns and make bail.

* More black women turning to guns for self-defense

Firearms instructors are reporting an increase in the number of black women learning how to use guns in self-defense courses around the country -- and the reasons are varied.

* Rob Quist Supports Gun Control

Montanans know when politicians are talking out of both sides of their mouth and Mr. Quist is a prime example. If voters want to a Congressman who will protect their Second Amendment rights then Greg Gianforte is their only choice. We expect our Montana members and supporters to do just that in​ the special election on May 25.

* Court Upholds Police Refusal to Let Hawaii Man Own Firearms

A federal appeals court has upheld the Honolulu Police Department's refusal to let a man who had been convicted of misdemeanor harassment own firearms.

* Oklahoma: Senate Could Soon Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

As early as tomorrow, the Oklahoma Senate could vote to consider an amended version of Senate Bill 397.

* N.Y. Senators Urge Tighter Gun Controls

New York Senate Democrats are doubling down in their efforts to counter the Trump administration by proposing tighter state gun control laws.

* Tennessee: General Assembly Passes Major Pro-Gun Bills

Tuesday night, the Tennessee General Assembly passed multiple NRA-backed pro-gun bills.  These bills will now be sent to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam for his consideration and your NRA ILA will keep you updated throughout the process.

* Nevada: Proposed ban on guns in libraries irks 2nd Amendment supporters

Senate Bill 115 would prohibit the possession of firearms in public libraries without written permission. The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard the bill Tuesday, but took no immediate action.

* Times Free Press

Legislation making it easier for gun-rights groups and others to challenge "gun-free zones" on locally owned government property including parks, public buses and auditoriums is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.