“We felt the Attorney General’s opinion was wrong, and that it was important to put in statute a measure to restrict public disclosure of the names and information of people who currently possess or who have applied for a FOID card,” Senator Brady said.
The 44th District Senator said allowing public access to FOID card information could potentially be used by criminals to burglarize homes in search of firearms, or to target homes without firearms. It could possibly lead to more “straw purchases” of guns or total non-compliance with firearm registration requirements. Concerns have also been expressed that the information would be used by commercial solicitors.
Passed by the Senate May 20 and by the House of Representatives April 8, House Bill 3500 now moves to the Governor’s desk for further consideration. If signed by the Governor, the bill will become law immediately.