Constitutional argument or a shakedown?
Thursday, Aug 25, 2011
* The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill which Governor Pat Quinn signed into law that barred the Illinois State Police from releasing the names of FOID card holders. The Associated Press asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan to help pry the information loose and her office ruled that the names should be released.
The Illinois State Rifle Association filed suit earlier this year, but you’d think the lawsuit would now be rendered moot by the new law. Instead, ISRA is pressing ahead with its suit, even though they have a new law and the AP was dismissed yesterday as a defendant. The only remaining defendant is the Illinois State Police, which, ironically enough, supported the gun group’s position on the FOID card names.
The Rifle Association claims it wants the court to establish a constitutional precedent…
* But Jim Thompson, who is representing the Illinois State Police, pointed to another reason for keeping the suit alive…