Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Illinois.lawmakers move to keep gun-permit holder names private

"Illinois lawmakers have voted overwhelming to bar the public from knowing who holds a firearm owner identification card, a victory for gun owners who say they have a right to privacy over open-government advocates who say such records should not be secret.

In a 42-1 vote, the Senate on May 20 passed a measure that would overturn a ruling by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office that said the names are public under the state’s open-records law. H.B. 3500 now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he agrees the information should remain confidential and will “act accordingly” after reviewing the legislation."

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