CHICAGO (AP) — With the stroke of a pen, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn barred the public from knowing who holds a firearm owner identification card.
Quinn signed into law Saturday the measure that state lawmakers overwhelming passed in May.
The new law is a victory for gun owners who say they have a right to privacy over open-government advocates who say such records should not be secret.
In a 42-1 vote, the Senate passed a measure overturning a ruling by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office that said the names are public under the state’s open records law.
Quinn has said he agrees the information should remain confidential.
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