SPRINGFIELD — The names of people authorized to own guns in Illinois is public information that the state must disclose, the attorney general has ruled.
The Illinois State Police determines who gets Firearm Owners Identification cards but has always kept the information confidential.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office issued a letter Monday rejecting state police arguments that releasing the information is an invasion of privacy prohibited by the state public-records law or that disclosure would endanger the lives of gun owners.
Despite the decree, the names won’t be uncloaked soon. A state police lawyer indicated the agency planned to take a contrary ruling. And GOP lawmakers have filed legislation to make names permanently private. AP