3/02/2011

Illinois police resist turning over the names of FOID card holders

I think that the police have it right that disclosure of who has a permit to own a gun in Illinois would endanger those who do not own a gun. Someone intent on harming an individual would now be able to look up whether the potential victim is able to defend themselves. From the Chicago Tribune.

State police officials have long held that releasing information about the holders of Firearm Owners identification cards would be an unwarranted invasion of privacy prohibited by the state public records law and that disclosure would automatically endanger the lives of gun owners or those who don't have firearms.

In its letter, the attorney general's office disagreed, saying the public has "a legitimate interest" in having the information about who has the right to possess a gun.

Despite the decree, the names likely won't be uncloaked soon. A state police lawyer indicated in a letter Tuesday the agency planned to ask a judge to decide the matter. And Republican lawmakers have filed legislation to make names permanently private.

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. . . .


Thanks to Tony Troglio and Chris Klemm for the link.

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Blogger Motor-T said...

"In its letter, the attorney general's office disagreed, saying the public has "a legitimate interest" in having the information about who has the right to possess a gun."

Wait, didn't we determine that everybody has a fundamental contitutional right to possess a gun?

Maybe Illinois' Atty Gen hasn't got the memo.

3/02/2011 6:54 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

I think the bigger issue is the comment just under your emphasised section. "In its letter, the attorney general's office disagreed, saying the public has "a legitimate interest" in having the information about who has the right to possess a gun."

That scares me if that is a direct quote from the Attorney General. I'm so glad I moved back to Ohio.

3/02/2011 8:32 AM  
Blogger Adnil said...

I don't think its right to give the list to lisa madigan. I don't want my name posted. The IL State Police should keep it private.


Linda B
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3/02/2011 10:06 AM  

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