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https://www.gunssavelife.com/?page_id=68 CCRA/GSL member for 15 years and VP for almost as long. Lead instructor for GSL Defense Training with nearly 15-years experience as a handgun instructor and more recently rifle instructor as well, teaching hundreds of people (kids and adults like) basic firearm safety and handling skills. Editor emeritus of GunNews. Grew up in Hillsboro, IL. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Alumni. Works as an office manager during the day, publication editor at night and firearms instructor on the weekends. Firearm training junkie. Graduate of shooting schools taught by nationally-known instructors Massad Ayoob (Lethal Force Institute, 299/300 qualification score), John Farnam (Defense Training International), Pat Rogers (EAG Tactical), “Sully” Sullivan (Defensive Edge), John Krupa (Spartan Tactical Training Group, class top individual combined skills shooter), Frank Sharp (Fortress Defense), Steve Tarani and classes from numerous other regional and local instructors on firearms and defense topics as diverse as exhibition shooting (shooting trap with a rifle among other fun stuff), defensive knife, speed skills and first aid. United States Rifle Association Certified Instructor, Appleseed Intructor (in training), NRA Certified Rifle, Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home instructor. Teaches primarily with GSL Defense Training, but does 100% volunteer work for USRA, RWVA and the longest-running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in the USA, recently promoted to running the pistol line there. Married to guns and firearms training, and enjoys photography, flashlights, amateur radio as hobbies. Shares the home with three furry ferrets and a delightful woman who could do better than John. Terribly unlucky, John has tragically lost most of his guns and ammo in a series of boating accidents.


GSL Decatur Meeting Wed. Eve Cancelled; Peoria on for Thursday evening

January 5, 2021
GSL Decatur Meeting Wed. Eve Cancelled; Peoria on for Thursday evening

We regret that both our primary and secondary locations for the Decatur GSL meeting have both fallen unavailable. Coz’s Pizza is very optimistic that they will be open for our February meeting – assuming Joe Biden doesn’t pull some national lockdown bravo sierra upon taking office. In better news, our Peoria GSL meeting is...
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USPS FAIL: GunNews haven’t arrived for anyone… yet…

December 29, 2020

GunNews haven’t arrived.   For anyone. We are well aware of the problem.  Once again, we have not found anyone who got their GunNews in December by USPS.   You would think Joe Biden is already President or something. Every time we check whether a members’ name and address are correct and on the print list,...
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ATTENTION COLLECTORS:Two big IL gun sales featuring historical firearms Jan. 1 & 2

December 22, 2020

Central Illinois will see two big gun sales in coming days. The sales will include the private collections of two prolific gun collectors, including a GSL member. Springfield Armory Pre 98 1896 Krag .30-40 Krag at Bauer’s. MATTOON: Bauer Auction 1000-gun auctionOn Friday, January 1st starting at 9am, Bauer Auction in Mattoon will host...
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HELD HOSTAGE NO MORE: GSL Peoria meetings will take place in January! UPDATED!

December 17, 2020
HELD HOSTAGE NO MORE:  GSL Peoria meetings will take place in January! UPDATED!

Given the arbitrary and constantly changing orders, escalating threats and moving goalposts of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID response, we have had to cancel some GSL meetings. Sometimes on short notice. For that, we apologize. Now, given new restrictions, we are seeking short-term alternative meeting locations to replace regular venues unable to host us...
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ANALYSIS: Election results not good for gun rights

December 17, 2020

At the Champaign County GSL meeting in November, GSL Executive Director John Boch presented a grim analysis of where gun owners both in Illinois and nationally stand following the preliminary election results. This is a condensed version without a lot of the nuances discussed in person. Last month, we saw the poll that revealed...
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VISIONE: More thoughts while shaving…

December 17, 2020

  by Dominic VisioneBeards are a pain! Well, I recently reacquainted myself with the unpleasantness of removing one. For my fun, and to the dismay of my spouse, I thought a little mustache/beard combination would look good at the SASS Cowboy Action Regionals in Arcadia, Oklahoma during the end of October. Bad idea to...
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What’s the right age to teach kids Gun Safety?

December 16, 2020

Here’s an inconvenient truth: firearm safety education saves lives. However, some people fear guns and don’t want anything to do with teaching their kids gun safety. At the same time, other parents agonize over when to start teaching firearm safety in their home. What’s the right time to start teaching your kids to respect...
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ACT NOW: Preparing for the coming storm as gun owners

December 16, 2020

(Originally published in the December 2020 issue of GunNews.  You would have seen this about four weeks ago if you were a member of GSL!  Join today.) by John BochBig changes are coming to America if Joe Biden “wins” this election. And changes may be coming to Illinois as well. Here are things you...
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Great Christmas Gift Ideas…

December 7, 2020

Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas! December 25th will arrive shortly.  In fact, the big day is rushing towards us like a freight train.  In this land of COVID and masks, we at GSL wanted to share some Christmas gifts that lean towards useful and helpful rather than a(nother) tie or pajamas. Yes, for the...
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Keep the faith. Despite the challenges, we shall overcome.

December 6, 2020
Keep the faith.  Despite the challenges, we shall overcome.

GSL Executive Director ReportFrom the December 2020 issue of GunNews 2020. It’s a year we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives for many reasons. COVID, a bitterly contested election that ended in fraud, widespread riots nationwide, a loss of freedom including big tech censorship… what else could go wrong? First the good...
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