no friends of freedom
In a showdown over the privacy rights of gun owners, the Illinois State Police are refusing to release a list identifying all firearm permit holders in the state after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan determined that the information “must” be made public.
At least the State Police seem to have their shit together in refusing this little tinpot harridan’s grab, but that doesn’t make the fact that she presumed it in the first place any more palatable.
Assistant Public Access Counselor Matthew Rogina, citing federal court decisions as well as Illinois law, wrote in a letter to the state police attorney that disclosing the names “cannot be characterized as highly personal or objectionable.”
Not to him, maybe, but then I’m sure he doesn’t carry anything as “objectionable” as a firearm. The sinister little busybody probably has bodyguards to do that for him.
“Therefore, even if disclosure of the names and expiration of the (Firearm Owner’s Identification Card) card owners did constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, this fact is outweighed by the public interest that exists in ensuring the integrity of the (police) database,” he wrote
Someone explain to me how that’s a function of the public having access to all those names, and not just the police? Are the police letting random people update their databases for them now? The police ALREADY HAVE both those names and the responsibility to keep their own databases up to date.
They should just knock off the pathetic justifications and come right out and say what they mean: if you dare to exercise your second amendment rights, they want you to know they know exactly who you are and where you live, and they’re going to advertise that to everyone else who might be interested as well. So if you don’t want that kind of attention - the kind that might get your boss’s nose out of joint if he happens to lean left, or give your ex-wife’s lawyer leverage against you in a custody case, for example - then you’d better reconsider your right to bear arms.