March 9th, 2009 01:46 PM
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Press Conference to Kick Off Massive Gun Rights Rally at Illinois State Capitol
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
WHAT: Press conference kicking off the 2009 edition of IGOLD - the
Illinois Gun Owners' Lobby Day
WHEN: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 11, 2009
WHERE: The Illinois State Capitol Building "Blue Room"
WHO: Richard Pearson, Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle
Association. Representative Brandon Phelps (D-118). Senator Bill
Brady (R-44). Representatives of Illinois' sporting arms industry.
An estimated 2,000 law-abiding firearm owners are expected to meet Wednesday at the State Capitol to protest gun control measures pending before the Illinois General Assembly. The event, expected to be the largest gun-rights rally held in the Midwest, will begin with a 10:00 AM capitol press conference. The press conference will feature legislators, industry representatives, and ISRA officials who will discuss efforts to derail gun control legislation currently before the legislature. During the press conference, Rep. Brandon Phelps will be recognized as the ISRA Legislator of the Year.
Following the press conference will be an 11:00 AM teach-in session at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. At about 1:30 PM, attendees will march on the Capitol building and hold a rally at the Lincoln Steps. When the rally concludes, participants will enter the Capitol to attend committee hearings and lobby individual representatives to express their opposition to state-wide gun control measures being pushed by the Chicago delegation. The day ends with a 4:00 PM reception at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.
The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.
Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day 2009
SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association
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Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day for 2009
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All Illinois gun owners are invited to join in Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) in Springfield in 2009. This is an annual event where everyone goes to lobby` their representatives in the Illinois House and Senate. The ISRA is partnering with local and internet organizations in Illinois to increase attendance and make a bigger & better impression in Springfield. The other participating organizations are Illinois Carry and Champaign County Rifle Assoc. Get your local organization involved as well!
We will meet at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center - Doors open at 11:00 with the program set to begin at 12:00 noon. We will have a legislative briefing, then we will all march to the Capitol Building to locate and talk with our representatives. A reception is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. back at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. We are urging all participants to stay until the end of the reception. This is a very important part of the day, as the state's legislators have been invited to attend.
Please join us for Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, you won't regret going.
Click here for a printable IGOLD flyer.
Where: Begins Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 12:00pm
11:00 am - Prairie Capitol Convention Center - Doors open - View Map
Located at the corner of 8th St & Adams.
12:00 pm - Prairie Capitol Convention Center - Legislative Briefing
1:30 pm (approx.) - Head out to lobby Senators and Representatives,
respectfully make our presence known in
committee hearings that are in session
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Reception in the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.
Parking: Several parking garages are located near the Convention Center.
Metered on-street parking is available in the area.
The meters accept quarters for up to a 9 hour period.
More parking locations and a printable map available soon.
Forget the hassle of parking near the Capitol! IGOLD will have buses going to Springfield from strategic locations throughout Illinois. Ride the bus, ride with your friends. This year there are additional buses in the Chicago area.
These gun rights organizations and retailers are sponsoring the buses to offset your cost: ISRA, CCRA/GSL, PK Firearms of Shelbyville, Midwest Sporting Goods in Lyons, and
1st Class Firearms in Zion
Click here for information on the bus routes. Need more info now, or want to sponsor a bus? Contact the ISRA Office! On-line sign up will be available for most buses.
Take the Train! Amtrak has trains to and from Springfield and selected cities in Illinois along a line from Chicago to St. Louis. More info here.
Apparel: Wear whatever you'd feel comfortable in while you are meeting your representatives, and don't forget you'll also be representing the rest of your fellow Illinois gun owners. Business casual is suggested, dress up if you want. We suggest that you don't wear any camo.
Security: There are metal detectors in the Capitol Building that you will have to pass through on your way in, so please think ahead for this: no knives, novelty ammo keyfobs, etc. Bring proper identification.
Who: You, of course! ...and bring a friend.
Ruger Mark 3
March 9th, 2009 02:26 PM
It sounds great
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I'm just one root in a grassroots organization. No one should assume that I speak for the VCDL.
I am neither an attorney-at-law nor I do play one on television or on the internet. No one should assumes my opinion is legal advice.
Veni, Vidi, Velcro
March 9th, 2009 03:18 PM
we need IL to be a shall issue state. Good luck. MI CPL not recognized.
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