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Illinois Att. Gen. wants gun owners names made public

This article was in The Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois attorney general says state police must release the name of everyone in the state who is authorized to own a gun.

Illinois state police determine who gets a Firearm Owners Identification card, which allows people to own guns. The police have always kept the list private.

But Attorney General Lisa Madigan's public access counselor released a letter Monday night saying the information should be public.

The Associated Press had requested the list of FOID cardholders but state police said that would violate the privacy of gun owners. The attorney general's office ruled that argument invalid.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-gunowners-disclos,0,5686959.story

Personally, I think it's very scary. On the one hand it would tell would-be robbers that your house is armed, but on the other it also tells them where they can steal guns.

Thoughts? Agree or Disagree with the Att. Gen?

Sidenote...I think the first comment below the article is moronic.

 

 
DSamuels

Asked by DSamuels at 4:16 PM on Mar. 1, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • If it has never been made public before, what is their rationale for the change?! That's what I would want to hear...their HONEST rationale!! Is it to tax gun-owners more, to increase their property taxes, to increase their homeowners insurance premium (increased liability--from their point of view?) to assess some sort of "surcharge or overage" depending on how many guns one owns--whether they're for "collectible" or "active" use?
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:31 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • My first thought: Great, give gangs and thugs a list of names of places to steal firearms.....Death of Common Sense.

    Mine was similar, but far more dangerous, and most likely NOT the intended consequences they had in mind - namely, great, give criminals a list of all the homes that have guns, so they can focus their activities on all the addresses not on the list. It's basically a reverse process of putting a giant neon "rob us" sign on every home without a gun.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:13 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • This is just yet another ploy in the effort to get the guns from the public. The SCOTUS not only said that gun ownership is Constitutional, but also the regulations can't be so restricting as to make it impossible to own a gun. They think people will shy frown gun ownership if their name is published. It won't work. They need to stop beating this 'dead horse'.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:26 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • My first thought: Great, give gangs and thugs a list of names of places to steal firearms.....Death of Common Sense.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:43 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • There is no reason whatsoever for these names to become public information. Don't they have more important issues that this?
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:40 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • It wouldnt bother me? Everyone basically knows Im always packing anyway.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 4:22 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • What sort of place do you live in that you would put a notice like that on your front lawn ? Are you all so fearful that you are paranoid ?

    ***

    You're not well exactly well-versed in PHOTO SHOP, are you?! LOL :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:13 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Hmm. Sounds it's response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Stay tuned; this will go to court. It sounds like a privacy issue.

    I'm not a gun owner, but I don't think the names should be public.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:22 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Are you all so fearful that you are paranoid ?


    Nope.  I support the 2nd amendment of the US Constitution. Why is it wrong to be a law abiding gun owner?  And when driving through Canada with our firearms, we abide by all Canadian Laws....  Of course, in Canada~ they really didn't care at the border... They weren't concerned with what we had.  They  seemed to be more concerned about our registration $ for the (I believe what was the  CAFC909 Form)... Now re-entering the US was way more strict and thorough....  Canadian border seemed like a bunch of slackers... JMO..

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:50 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • What sort of place do you live in that you would put a notice like that on your front lawn ? Are you all so fearful that you are paranoid ?

    Do the local polce recommend that all your local householders pack guns ? The police here certainly don't , just the opposite.
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 6:31 PM

    LMAO
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 1:12 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

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