Amended : Unless the Illinois Attorney General likes a different option.

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According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigans office, Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card information should be public.

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.

Note that the statement went from “should” to “must”. The New York Times recently ran a piece after obtaining 37,000 names of gun owners in New York City and some of the names might surprise readers. Who cares, it’s only privacy that is being discussed here.

The good news is apparently Senator Kirk W. Dillard of Illinois decided this was not such a great idea. In fact, he introduced SB0027 to specifically combat the release of FOID information and to protect those denied unless involved in a criminal investigation.

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the names and information of applicants or holders of a Firearm Owner’s Identification (“FOID”) Card are considered private and shall not be disclosed. Provides that no State or local law enforcement agency shall provide lists of information pertaining to FOID Card holders or applicants. Provides that a law enforcement agency may disclose whether an individual has or has not been issued, applied for, or denied a FOID Card in connection with a criminal investigation. Effective immediately.

Here is an interesting question. If a non-law abiding individual wanted to stage a series of home invasions to specifically target a weapon, how would that individual know where to go? Why – FOIA it of course!

If you are a citizen of Illinois who believes that Privacy should be protected, I encourage you to complete several steps:

Contact Senator Dillard and thank him for introducing SB0027 protecting Privacy.

Contact the Public Health Committee members where SB0027 sits at this moment. Encourage them to Pass for a Senate Vote.

Contact your Senator and request they become a Co-Sponsor or Sponsor of SB0027.