Social Media Check Before Gun Purchase?


New York legislatures are drafting a bill that would require law enforcement to scan the last three years of your social media postings for “hate speech” before you could legally purchase a gun.

Eric Adams, the president of Brooklyn Borough, and state Senator Kevin Palmer are currently writing the proposed legislation, which would give law enforcement authorities the power to check an individual’s social media accounts and internet search history before they are allowed to buy a gun.

“A three-year review of a social media profile would give an easy profile of a person who is not suitable to hold and possess a firearm,” Adams explained.

And violate all of their free speech and privacy rights. But who needs those, right? We’re talking about guns! Scary guns!

“If the police department is reviewing a gang assault, a robbery, some type of shooting, they go and do a social media profile investigation,” the borough president pointed out… Completely ignoring the fact that an assault, robbery, or shooting are all crimes and purchasing a firearm is not.

No mention on what will qualify as “hate speech” that is not already covered under other criminal definitions, like making threats of harm. This leaves the search completely open to interpretation. No infringement danger here folks, nothing speculative or violative of rights in the least.

Been to Breitbart in the last 3 years? No gun. Shared an off color or dark humored joke? Banned from ownership. Shared a frustration with traffic, a coffee shop, a gym, or any other location and went a little edgy? Because you were venting on social media, no constitutionally protected right for you.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.