One can only wonder who really is behind this action. The AP? Really? Another battle looming on the home front. This is great. The Criminals can double check before the home invasion to see if the owner packs.
State police determine who gets Firearm Owners Identification cards but have always kept the information confidential. (FOID)
Through the Freedom of Information Act, The Associated Press requested in September the names of each FOID cardholder in the state and the expiration date of each card. State police denied the request, prompting the public access counselor’s intervention.
“The General Assembly has clearly determined that it is in the public interest to provide a system for identifying those who are qualified to acquire or possess firearms through the issuance of FOID cards,” assistant public access counselor Matthew Rogina wrote. “The public, therefore, has a legitimate interest in ISP’s enforcement of the FOID card act.”
- Illinois State Police stood their ground today after the state’s attorney general determined the agency must disclose the names of people authorized to own guns in Illinois to comply with public records law.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s public access counselor issued a letter Monday night rejecting state police arguments that releasing the information is an unwarranted invasion of privacy prohibited by the state public records law or that its disclosure would automatically endanger the lives of gun owners or those who don’t have firearms.