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Judge Stalls Disclosure Of Registered Gun Owners' Names

PEORIA (AP) -- A judge on Friday told the Illinois State Police not to release the names of registered gun owners in the state while the court considers a legal dispute about whether that information should be made public.

The restraining order was handed down in Peoria. It is the latest chapter in a battle between the state's attorney general and police force over the release of names of the state's Firearm Owners Identification cardholders.

Last week, responding to a Freedom of Information request from The Associated Press, Attorney General Lisa Madigan ruled the names are public information and should be disclosed by the state police.

The state police refused to do so and Friday four Peoria-area members of the Illinois State Rifle Association and the association asked Judge Scott Shore to issue the order.

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