Senate OKs Bill Barring Disclosure Of Gun Owners

File Photo: Handguns (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

File Photo: Handguns (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate overwhelmingly OKd prohibiting public disclosure of the names of people who hold firearm owner’s cards.

The 42-1 vote Friday would overturn a ruling earlier this year by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office that the names are public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Madigan responded after the Illinois State Police refused to release to The Associated Press the names of 1.3 million people who are registered to own firearms.

The bill goes to Gov. Pat Quinn. His office didn’t immediately comment.

Sen. Kirk Dillard says publishing the names would provide a “map” to criminals determining whose homes to burglarize.

Anti-violence groups say it would allow the public to determine whether cards have gone to people who shouldn’t have them.

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