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Illinois: Firearm Owners Identification Card FOIA Exemption Bill Signed into Law Today

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Today, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 3500.  Introduced by state Representative Richard Morthland (R-71) and sponsored by state Senator Kirk Dillard (R-24), this new statute makes the necessary reform to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ensure that the personal information of those who have applied for or received a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Card shall not be disclosed unless necessary as part of a criminal investigation. HB 3500 passed in the state House on April 8 by a 98 to 12 vote and in the state Senate on May 20 by a 42 to 1 vote.

 

The FOIA amendments in HB 3500 became necessary after an opinion on February 28 issued by anti-gun Attorney General Lisa Madigan in which she declared that the Illinois State Police (ISP) must release the personal information of every law-abiding gun owner in Illinois to the Associated Press (AP).  Since the mid-1960’s, the ISP has maintained a database with all FOID information, and has considered this material to be confidential and not subject to disclosure as public information. The AP had previously filed a FOIA request for this very information.  Enactment of HB 3500 was essential to protect your rights as a gun owner and to ensure that your personal information will stay confidential, and not provided to those who have no right to have it.

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