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A private list detailing who is authorized to own a gun in Illinois will become public. The Illinois Attorney General says State Police must release the names. When someone applies for a Firearm Owners Identification Card or FOID, state police must approve them. Illinois State Police have always kept the list private, saying releasing the names would violate gun owner's privacy. However, the attorney general ruled that argument invalid.

On Tuesday, the Illinois State Police released this statement,

"We respectfully disagree with the recent opinion of the attorney general's public access counselor regarding the release of names of FOID cardholders. The Department intends to request that the PAC issue a binding opinion so that the issue may be resolved through the judicial process."

  Many people in the Illinois Quad Cities are divided over whether the FOID list should be made public.

"It's an odd, doubled edged kind of position. I can see where the general gun owner population is against it. I can see why certain groups want to make it public," says Steve Bartells, General Manager of Shooting Sports.

"I don't think its information that should be public to anybody," says Jay Pankey, Owner of Carbon Cliff Bait and Tackle.

Some worry a public list will make some people targets.

"I think it opens up the gun owner to the threat of anti-gun activists to come and harass them and also opens them up to thievery," adds Pankey.

 Others wonder if some card holders will face penalties.

"We do have customers where the places they work for its taboo for them to have firearms. For their names to become public could become an issue for them as far as their jobs are concerned," adds Bartells.

Having a FOID card does not necessarily mean the person has a gun.

"It's required in the state of Illinois to have the card if you're going to handle, purchase or possess firearms, ammunition and their components," says Bartells.

Both stores say having a public list will not change the way they do business.

"We have to call into the State Police to verify that are still legal to own the gun," says Pankey.

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