Is SA and RRA back stabbing Illinois Gun Owners?
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    Is SA and RRA back stabbing Illinois Gun Owners?

    The Illinois Senate passed the Illinois gun dealer licensing act yesterday. It's not yet law as it needs to go to the house and then the governor. However this bill narrowly passed, after the Illinois Firearm Owner Manufacturer Association dropped opposition. IFMA dropped opposition because they received a carveout which would place an unfair disadvantage on small mom and pop gun shops.

    Because Springfield Armory and Rock River arms are major contributors to IFMA, they are feeling the brunt of the backlash for this betrayal.

    Gun Dealer Licensing and the Great Betrayal - Gun Rights 4 Illinois
    -Thomas
    Member, ISRA; NRA Life Member & Instructor; AGI Certified Gunsmith, Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor www.alphakoncepts.com www.gunrights4illinois.com @AlphaKoncepts

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    This seems to become a major point of contention with attendees at the NRA Annual Meeting right now. I overheard discussions about this at the meeting yesterday.
    Springfield Armory's Facebook page is getting inundated with negative comments too.

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    Well what did they think would happen?

    I mean seriously, in Illinois of all places, gun owners are incredibly active. We have to be, we are always on guard, we have to be. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. If we let down out guard for just a minute the anti gunners will slam us.

    If an entity removes its' opposition to a bill because they receive a carve out, that is pure hypocrisy. Here is an example of standing in solidarity; I won't buy from ammunition dealers who refuse to sell/ship ammunition to Chicago. I do not live in Chicago, but I stand in solidarity with my fellow gun owners. United we stand, divided we fall.
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    SA and RRA are doing a quick 180. Both are now claiming ignorance and are throwing IFMA under the bus. Here are their press releases:

    Springfield Armory Statement Regarding Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657)

    https://www.rockriverarms.com/images...RRA_Stmt17.pdf

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    -Thomas
    Member, ISRA; NRA Life Member & Instructor; AGI Certified Gunsmith, Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor www.alphakoncepts.com www.gunrights4illinois.com @AlphaKoncepts

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    Take action and tell your state representative to vote no on gun dealer licensing...

    https://act.nraila.org/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=1694
    -Thomas
    Member, ISRA; NRA Life Member & Instructor; AGI Certified Gunsmith, Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor www.alphakoncepts.com www.gunrights4illinois.com @AlphaKoncepts

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    ... and now Springfield announces it is breaking ties with IFMA. Springfield also Severs Ties with IFMA - Gun Rights 4 Illinois
    -Thomas
    Member, ISRA; NRA Life Member & Instructor; AGI Certified Gunsmith, Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor www.alphakoncepts.com www.gunrights4illinois.com @AlphaKoncepts

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    Too little, too late, the damage is done. Neither of them took action until their customer base caught them in the act. Now they are pleading ignorance.

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    There is lots of information out there about who the IFMA actually is and who they gave campaign contributions too (TTAG | Springfield Armory & Rock River Arms Made Campaign Contributions to Anti-Gun Rights Politicians). While one may say that TTAG is running a smear campaign against SA and RRA, there is no question that it took both companies 5 days to claim that they didn't know about IFMA's actions and to "sever ties".

    It is still hard to believe SA's and RRA's statements, given that Dennis Reese, the CEO of SA, and Chuck Larson, President/Owner of RRA, are on the board of IFMA. The initial statement about "legislative process is a fluid process" by Dennis Reese speaks volume.

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