Atty. general: Illinois should release Gun Owner Information

Lisa Madigan and Barry

Lisa Madigan and Barry

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.

Chicago Tribune

13 Responses to “Atty. general: Illinois should release Gun Owner Information”

  1. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    As if the bad guys needed a better edge. What public service do these idiots claim to have done by publishing this information? Were the citizens demanding to know who in their community had registered guns?


  2. Geo Says:

    This isn’t the first time this has been done.

    A few years ago “The Journal News” [ ] a Westchester, Rockland and Putnam County newspaper and a member of the Ganett Newspaper chain, did this exact thing.

    The outrage was overwhelming from the community. They published the Owners Name and Town of residence for each County except Putnam [which wasn’t computerized] much to their disappointment.

    Nothing like identifying which houses to break into, eh?
    At the time I called on them to publish the names of known “HIV and AIDS” infected patients …….. .



    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks for stopping by…I wonder who is behind this and why.. the AP? and Ganett? They are suppose to report the news not create it…maybe a test case for some reason.


      • Geo Says:

        The only thing behind this is the “dopey librulism” agenda.

        After they published the information in New York, the outrage came swift and loud. The paper claimed it was “public information and available to anyone wishing to obtain it”. “They only have to “go” and request it from any County Clerk’s Office.”

        They {Ganett} just made it easier for everyone by publishing it on the “World Wide Web. What problem?

        Ganett owns more than One Hundred papers nationwide, they are probably as big as AP.

        Been lurking on your terrific site for a while now! Thanks for what you do. Great job!


      • bunkerville Says:

        Thanks Geo….makes it worthwhile to hear something nice!.. it tends to get a bit gloomy with all the news out there.


  3. James Black Says:

    What the hell is wrong with a register of all gun owners? It makes checking for miscreants much simpler, for one thing, but it’s an easy way of rallying the troops, when the time comes.


  4. Steve Dennis Says:

    Nothing like giving the criminals another tool to use in deciding which houses to break into. I guess the left only cares about the right to privacy on certain issues.


  5. rjjrdq Says:

    I say this issue ends up in court. Unwarranted is the key word here.


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