A Targeted Release

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Illinois Officials Spar Over Order to Make List of Gun Owners Public

In a showdown over the privacy rights of gun owners, the Illinois State Police are refusing to release a list identifying all firearm permit holders in the state after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan determined that the information “must” be made public.

The dispute, which soon could come before a judge, has been building since last fall when a reporter for The Associated Press made a Freedom of Information Act request to the police for the names of cardholders as well as information about the weapons each permit holder is authorized to carry.

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10 Responses to “A Targeted Release”

  1. Gunslinger says:

    Authorized to carry?

    There is NO authorization to carry in Illinois! A FOID card allows the holder to purchase firearms and ammunition ONLY.

    No surprise that Lisa Madigan wants to “out” gun owners. She’d love to make gun owners targets of break-ins and home invasions and use such things to fuel total gun bans.

    Horrid evil woman, she is.

  2. Dave E. says:

    The not so funny thing, Guns, is that if I was a burglar I would use the list to determine who didn’t have a gun, the better to target them. Sort of like all of the signs up here that proudly proclaim “This establishment bans all guns.”

    Reality translation for the left: “We’re all unarmed. Gosh we hope you don’t rob us.”

  3. JeffS says:

    God, I’m glad I moved out of Illinois so many years ago.

    And I wonder if that FOID is still the same joke it used to be. Back when, you filled out the application, and sent $5 and a photo to Springfield, and waited for the card to come back.

    A dealer told me at the time that he’d seen cards issued for Al Capone, or cards that had the photograph of a puppy on it.

  4. JeffS says:

    Just checked….

    Yep, pretty much the same joke, although I see that they want your driver’s license number or “state ID number” (WTF?) now.

    I presume that they actually cross check the information, although I’ve always seen this as a flippin’ joke. I first heard about privately organized militias while living in Illinois in 1985 — they liked to steal communications equipment from the Guard.

    Not weapons, though, that was the specialty of the gangs. We lost a weapon a month, on the average, back when.

  5. Gunslinger says:

    “God, I’m glad I moved out of Illinois so many years ago.”

    Hopefully I’ll be Wisconsin bound when my lease is up this year.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    That’s why the government shouldn’t be collecting such info in the first place.

    What about “shall not be infringed” don’t they understand?

  7. ricki says:

    I would like to see a bunch of intrusive FOIAs filed on Madigan. And everyone else in the Illinois government.

    (I have relatives in Illinois. Relatives who own guns. I suspect they’re pretty POd about this current intrusion.)

  8. Yojimbo says:

    Bingster: That concept of negative rights is just too,well, negative for them. That’s why they adopt the mind over matter approach-they don’t mind that yours don’t matter.

  9. Crusader says:

    My FOID only serves to show I am legal to purchase/possess firearms; it does not let them know what I already possessed when I moved to IL. Heck, even I forget what I have sometimes. Another reason the CAG and I are trying to get out of here. We were also informed that both of us needed the cards, as if I was the only one with a card and I kicked the bucket (unlikely as it sounds), the sheriffs office would be visiting the house before I was cold to collect whatever firearms were in the house, Nice, huh?

  10. Larry says:

    That’s why I don’t own any firearms (that anyone can prove).
    Never mind that big black safe in the corner. It’s just holding my important papers.

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