Chicago Guns Matter


  • 2017 Chicago Guns Matter Founded by Rhonda Ezell
  • An organization made up of pro-gun advocates in and around Chicago
  • to share with the urban community how to exercise their fundamental constitutional right to keep and bear arms.


For law-abiding citizens in the City of Chicago to learn how to legally possess firearms, as well as the steps needed to obtain the Illinois Concealed Carry License. 

We are not here to incite violence, we are here to incite education.


1 Million Moms Against Gun Control

there are two sides to every story, and there are two voices in every debate. Our founder decided to create a Facebook page, where those that opposed “MDA” could come together and express their thoughts and voices openly.

Our Story – 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control
  • 2013 Founded 
  • Championed by Mary Callison & Rebecca Schmoe
  • Testified at state level gun control legislative hearings
  • November 2018, Board Member Mary Callison was also featured on the cover of TIME Magazine with 244 other people in an article titled Guns In America. It was Mural project by Artist JR


Ezell vs. City of Chicago

July 6, 2011

  • Rhonda Ezell sued the city of Chicago to bring gun ranges to the city for law abiding citizens
  • After Ezell won the challenge against the total ban on ranges, Chicago changed its ordinances to ‘allow’ gun ranges, but made the zoning rules and construction requirements so restrictive they are prohibitive
  • September 29, 2014 – the case was taken back to court, and an opinion and order was issued on
  • Alan Gura Attorney 

Ezell II

January 18th 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the city of Chicago’s ban on gun ranges was unconstitutional.

March 15th. 2017 the final judgement was entered by judge Virginia M. Kendall, indicating that the city of Chicago withdrew their motion to stay the proceedings

 two federal lawsuits against the City of Chicago to bring gun ranges to the city for law abiding citizens

“If the city demands that you take this class, they should provide a facility for you to do it. You don’t want a person to have a gun they don’t know how to use. No one should have to drive 40 miles outside the city limits to comply with a city ordinance.”

– Rhonda Ezell

Rock River Arms

Colona, Illinois

  • brothers Mark and Chuck Larson
  • originally named Tolerance Plus in Cleveland, Illinois
    – 1,800 square foot
    – manufactured high-quality 1911 parts
    – custom 1911 pistols
  • 1981 – 1991 both worked at Springfield Armory
    – Mark was the head armorer
  •  – 1993  partnership with Les Baer
  •  – 1997  built AR-15 type rifles for Eagle Arms in Coal Valley, Illinois
  • 1997? moved to Colona, Illinois
    – 50,000 square foot
  • Dec 2003 awarded contract with the Drug Enforcement Administration for 5,000 LAR-15 rifles
    – Federal Bureau of Investigation
    –  United States Marshals
  • April 5, 2013 Mark Larson passed (50) Nov. 25, 1962 – April 5, 2013 
  • 2017 RRA supported questionable gun laws passed in Illinois

The Rock River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 299 miles long


Rock River Arms

Rock Island Auction Co

since 1993

  • Pat Hogan, founder
  • 1974 joined the Navy
    – machinist’s mate on a fast attack nuclear submarine
  • 1990’s Pat began produced and designed auction catalogs for other auction companies
  • 1991 two book,
    – Luger: The Multi-National Pistol
    – U.S. Automatic Pistols
  • 1993 Rock Island Auction Company began
  • 2016 Kevin Hogan became President

Rock Island Auction Co
7819 – 42 Street West
Rock Island, Illinois 61201


Eagle Arms

Coal Valley Illinois

  • 1986 Karl Lewis and Jim Glazier formed Eagle Arms in Coal Valley Illinois
    – early Stoner patents had expired
    – marketed M16 and AR-15 type rifle parts
    –  took the retail business from Lewis’ company, Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT)
  • 1989 produced complete rifles
    –  LMT supplied parts
  • January 1994 Mark Westrom purchased Eagle Arms
  • November 1994 produced a .308 caliber AR-10 type rifle called the “M-10”
  • 1995 Westrom purchased the rights to the ArmaLite trademark
  • 1995 Eagle was reincorporated as ArmaLite
    – Eagle Arms reduced to a division of ArmaLite

Lewis Machine and Tool Company

 founded in 1980
Eldridge, Iowa

  • founded by Karl Lewis
  • 1976 Karl worked for Springfield Armory
  • left Springfield Armory and started to make Bolt Carriers for government contracts
  • Providing US law enforcement and government agencies with military type weapons
  • facility in Milan, Illinois
  • manufacture M203 grenade launchers
  • 2000 moved to larger building in Illinois
  • 2000 Started making rifles
  • 2009 L129A $30 million contract
  • CSW 300
  • 2019 moved 25 miles south to Eldridge, Iowa
    – 80,000 sq ft

Lewis Machine & Tool Company
1600 E. Leonard Ct
Eldridge, IA 52748


Springfield Armory


named for the original Springfield Armory in Massachusetts
the original armory closed in 1968

  • Elmer C. Ballance  renamed LH Manufacturing in Texas to Springfield Armory
  • 1974 Bob Reese bought the company
  • M1 Garand
  • 1911-A1,
  • M1A, which is the civilian model of the M-14 rifle
  • 2001  introduced the XD pistol line
  • 2007 introduced the XD-M
  • 2016 SAINT  AR-15
  • 2017 introduced XD-E
  • 2019 Hellcat

Springfield Armory
420 W Main St
Geneseo IL 61254