Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on the Illinois State Police to make public the list of Illinois citizens that have applied for Firearms' Owner Identification Cards Tuesday. Illinois has up until now kept the list private, protecting the FOID card holders' privacy. The State Police have not yet committed as to whether they intend to comply with Madigan's instructions.
To possess or purchase firearms or ammunition, Illinois residents must have a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card, which is issued by the state police. Generally a FOID card will be granted unless the applicant has been convicted of a felony or an act of domestic violence, is the subject of an order of protection, has been convicted of assault or battery or been a patient in a mental institution within the last five years, has been adjudicated as a mental defective, or is an illegal alien. There are additional requirements for applicants under the age of 21.
UPDATE: Marc Wiley, an officer with the Cook County Sheriff's Department, just responded to this IR headline and told us he and his fellow officers aren't happy about this idea.
"Making the FOID list public will give criminals a list of houses where they can get guns," Wiley said.
For more information on today's ruling just hitting the news sources, IR looked on the attorney general's website "Defending Your Rights" section and found nothing on protecting Second Amendment rights, but found the following list of rights the attorney general does defend:
Defending Your Rights Links and Documents: