It isn’t often that gun rights advocates and the ACLU come together in opposition of a government plan, but an attempt by Illinois legislators has put the two civil rights organizations on the same side.
In Illinois, legislators want to give police the ability to read through citizens’ social media history before allowing them to purchase a firearm. This isn’t only an infringement on the Second Amendment, it seems very likely to be a Fourth Amendment violation as well. Derrick Blakley reports for CBS Local Chicago:
Pro-gun groups are outraged.
“When people look at this everyone who has a Facebook account or email account or Twitter account will be incensed or should be,” said Richard Pearson with the Illinois State Rifle Association.
But the ACLU is opposed as well.
Rebecca Glenberg with ACLU Illinois says the bill “doesn’t say anything about how that list will be retained and for how long and what uses it might be put to.”
The first amendment group worries police scanning social media may show bias.
“A person’s political beliefs, a person’s religious beliefs, things that should not play a part in whether someone gets a FOID card,” Glenberg said.
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