Owning firearms is supposed to make you safe. Except when it doesn't.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's ruling last week that the names of the 1.3 million people with Firearm Owners Identification cards (FOID) in the state be published has gun owners up in arms, pun intended.
The same groups that declare no one would put a sign in front of their home saying NO GUN now fear the opposite. They're no longer worried about their right to bear arms, they're worried about their right to bear arms anonymously. Their right to privacy .
If the Illinois State Police release the names of FOID holders per Madigan's ruling which it has so far refused to do and which would not include FOID holders' addresses, phone numbers of photos, gun activists' fears include:
Fear that criminals will break in their houses and steal their weapons.