CHICAGO (AP) -- The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says he's pleased the state Senate passed a bill prohibiting public disclosure of the names of people who hold firearm owner's identification cards.
Richard Pearson says his group always felt the law was intended to keep the names private. He says that'll help criminals from targeting firearm owners.
The Senate voted 42-1 Friday to overturn a ruling by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that the names are public under the Freedom of Information Act.
Madigan ruled after the Illinois State Police refused an Associated Press request for cardholder names.
AP attorney Don Craven says it's important that the public and the press can watch the system and make sure it's operating the way it should.
The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.
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