Illinois State Rifle Association Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Release of Firearm Owners' Personal Information

Mar 11, 2011, 13:48 ET from Illinois State Rifle Association

PEORIA, Ill., March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

The ISRA is pleased to announce that it has secured a temporary restraining order against the release of personal information belonging to persons holding Illinois Firearm Owner Identification cards (FOID).  The ISRA and four additional plaintiffs filed for the temporary restraining order after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office believes that release of FOID information to the public is proper under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.  The ISRA is very concerned that public release of personal information from the FOID database will jeopardize the safety of law-abiding firearm owners.

The temporary restraining order was granted by judge Scott Shore of the 10th Judicial District, Peoria County.  Judge Shore has scheduled a status call for March 15th, at which time a date will be set for hearing arguments regarding the issuance of a preliminary injunction.

"Law-abiding Illinois firearm owners can breathe a little easier today," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson.  "Judge Shore's order will prevent the Illinois State Police from releasing personal information on FOID holders to news organizations, gun control groups, gangs, and other criminals.  We are confident that we will eventually secure a permanent injunction against the release of FOID data."

The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearm ownership.  For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association