Chicago Bill Requires Social Media Background Check for Gun License

On Monday morning the White House signaled that President Trump supports the law Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) are pushing for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
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A bill being pushed by State Rep. Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove) would require gun license applicants to submit to a background check of their social media posts.

Chicago–and the entire state of Illinois–require gun buyers to acquire a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card from police before buying a gun. Didech’s bill would require card applicants to allow the police to comb their social media histories.

CBS Chicago quoted Didech saying, “A lot of people who are having mental health issues will often post on their social media pages that they’re about to hurt themselves or others. We need to give those people the help they need.”

The ACLU is opposed to Didech’s proposal. ACLU Illinois’ Rebecca Glenberg said, “A person’s political beliefs, a person’s religious beliefs, things that should not play a part in whether someone gets a FOID card,”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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