State and local governments would not be allowed to publicly release the names or personal information of FOID card holders or applicants, under legislation cosponsored by Senator Bill Brady.

Passed by the Senate May 20, House Bill 3500 adds an exemption to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act protecting the names and information of Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card holders or applicants.

On February 28, the Attorney General’s office said it would allow the names of FOID card holders to be made public. The ruling came in response to an Associated Press Freedom of Information Act request for information about FOID card holders. The Illinois State Police refused to release that information, citing public safety and privacy concerns. The Attorney General’s opinion is currently being challenged in court.

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