Illinois Attorney General says state police should release names of firearms owners ID holders.

The Illinois attorney general says state police must release the…

The Illinois attorney general says state police must release the name of everyone in the state who is authorized to own a gun.

Illinois state police determine who gets a Firearm Owners Identification card, which allows people to own guns. The police have always kept the list private.

But Madigan’s public access counselor released a letter Monday night saying the information should be public.

The Associated Press had requested the list of FOID cardholders but state police said that would violate the privacy of gun owners. The attorney general’s office ruled that argument invalid.

State police officials have not said whether they will comply with the ruling.

There are Republican-sponsored bills in the Illinois House and Senate that would prohibit disclosure of the information.

Source: John O’Connor for The Associated Press via WQAD.

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  • Nick

    I live in Illinois, I also have an FOID and own guns, whats the worst that can happen if this information is made public?

  • Illinois fits the definetion of a POLICE STATE. Citizens of Illinois live in a state of tyranny. Corrupt, Unconstitutional, Despicable….these are appropriate adjectives to describe the Police State known as Illinois.

  • The Illinois State Rifle Association’s legislative web site lists both the House bill and the Senate bill that would bar AG Madigan’s move:
    http://www.isra.org/legislation/