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Posted: 1/24/2006 5:23:14 PM EDT
To: State Desk, Legal Reporter

Contact: Richard Pearson of Illinois State Rifle Association, 815-635-3198; Web: http://www.isra.org

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ --The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

The world-wide gun control movement suffered a major setback yesterday with the general election defeat of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin by his Conservative opponent, Stephen Harper. Observers believe that Harper will abandon many of Martin's leftist social policies -- including Canada's scandal- ridden gun registration system.

On the campaign trail, Martin had pledged to institute a total ban on civilian ownership of handguns. Martin also announced that he would file international lawsuits against American firearm manufacturers who he blamed for the rising tide of violence among drug gangs in Canada's urban areas.

Martin's defeat is the second serious blow to the international gun control movement in recent months. In October 2005, Brazilian voters went to the polls and voted down a nationwide gun ban by a 2 to 1 margin.

The rejection of Martin and his gun control schemes by Canadian voters comes just as the Illinois General Assembly is considering a measure that would ban rifles and shotguns favored by collectors and competitive rifle shooters. The ISRA considers the bill, HB2414, to be another incremental step toward the eventual eradication of privately owned firearms in Illinois.

"The message is clear," said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "Freedom-loving people the world over are telling gun- grabbers that liberty trumps feel-good politics every time. I'd advise Illinois legislators to keep Mr. Martin's defeat in mind when it comes time to vote on HB2414."

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The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law- abiding Illinois firearm owners.

Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:27:36 PM EDT
I am curious how this will turn out with the POS error ridden registration they have up there
didn't they recently change the law so a unregistered firearm owner is now just given a fix it ticket ?
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:30:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:30:11 PM EDT
This is great news! Hope springs eternal...
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:32:33 PM EDT
If Canada can begin to reverse it's leftist course maybe their is hope for the PRK!
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:34:58 PM EDT
congrats canada, much less bashing will be going on.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:35:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MR220:
If Canada can begin to reverse it's leftist course maybe their is hope for the PRK!



That may be a little optimistic. They have about as much hope as France.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:38:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MR220:
If Canada can begin to reverse it's leftist course maybe their is hope for the PRK!




Just remember, Canadian "Conservatives" - aren't.

They're still more liberal than our own Democrat Party. Don't expect any big changes.

CMOS
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:40:46 PM EDT
The "Conservatives" want to ban handguns too.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:41:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By imposter:
The "Conservatives" want to ban handguns too.



NO THEY DON'T.

Stephen Harper came out and OPPOSED Martin's handgun ban.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 5:51:48 PM EDT
Gun grabbers already lost in Brazil.

Moot point, as the US will never allow UN rules to become US law.

Molon Labe!!!
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:02:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Gun grabbers already lost in Brazil.

Moot point, as the US will never allow UN rules to become US law.

Molon Labe!!!



Just wait until we have a Pres/Congress who "respects the international community and international rule of law"
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:09:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 6:14:19 PM EDT by Skibane]

Originally Posted By CRC:
The rejection of Martin and his gun control schemes by Canadian voters comes just as the Illinois General Assembly is considering a measure that would ban rifles and shotguns favored by collectors and competitive rifle shooters. The ISRA considers the bill, HB2414, to be another incremental step toward the eventual eradication of privately owned firearms in Illinois.



Amen, and say it again, Brother!

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