Illinois State Rifle Association Commentary-Truth but an Opinion!

A Commentary About Barack Obama by the Illinois State Rifle AssociationTruth! But an Opinion!

Summary of eRumor:

An open letter from the Illinois State Rifle Association’s chief lobbyist, Richard A. Pearson, about Senator Barack Obama.   The Illinois State Rifle Association lobbyist claims that he knows Senator’s views toward guns and gun owners and has “never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than Barack Obama.”

The Truth:

Richard A. Pearson is a real person and the Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA).  Pearson wrote the open letter and it is posted on the ISRA web site.   Click to read it. web site is non-partisan information resource for voters in the Presidential election.   According to their site, this is Senator Obama’s position on gun control:

Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)

FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)

Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)

Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)

2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)

Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)

Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)

Keep guns out of inner cities–but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)

Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)

Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)

Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)

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updated 10/28/08