FOID card holders private – for now
Hunters and gun owners have retained some privacy – for now.
On Friday, lawmakers approved legislation that makes it illegal for the Illinois State Police to release the names of those with Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Cards, unless gun owners are under criminal investigation.
The House of Representatives voted 98-12 to send House Bill 3500 to the Senate for consideration.
In February, the Illinois Attorney General's Office ruled that the names were public information.
The plan's chief sponsor, state Rep. Richard Morthland, R-Cordova, said allowing the information to become public could potentially lead to more gun violence.
"This could be a situation where you have people who are gun owners and who are afraid that somebody who approaches their house might wish them well or try to take their guns away from them," Morthland said. "And it is just better to have that information private."
The ongoing battle is expected to heat up again in the Senate. A timeline for a vote is not known.
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