Illinois demorats introduce bill requiring gun buyers to reveal social media accounts

Rep. Dan Didech

Who gets to define “troubling” comments?

From MyFoxChicago: Illinois Democrats are introducing a bill forcing gun buyers to reveal their public social media accounts to police before they are given permission to get a firearm license.

The new legislation is sponsored by two state Democratic lawmakers, in an effort to block people from acquiring guns if they have made some troubling comments on social media.

State Rep. Daniel Didech, a Democrat who’s pushing the bill, told CBS 2 Chicago: “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,” adding that these people need “the help they need.”

The bill’s proponents point to Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland High School shooter, saying he posted “very disturbing” images on social media before going on a rampage and killing 17 people last year. Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter, also posted numerous troubling comments about the Jewish people on social media.

A similar bill was introduced last year in New York that would require people looking to buy a gun in the state to submit their social media profiles and search history prior to purchase. The bill was met with criticism, but it was approved by the new Board of Legislators last month, though it remains unclear when the lawmakers will vote on it.

The proposal in Illinois facing similar criticism, with Rebecca Glenberg of ACLU saying the bill doesn’t address what the police could do with the data, in addition to the First Amendment concerns.

“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 told the station.

The Illinois State Rifle Association, meanwhile, said that everyone should be outraged by the intrusiveness of the bill. “When people look at this everyone who has a Facebook account or email account or Twitter account will be incensed or should be,” Richard Pearson said.

But Didech defended his measure to the station, saying his bill “gives Illinois State Police additional tools to make sure that dangerous weapons aren’t getting into the hands of dangerous people,” noting that his measure is also less intrusive than the one proposed in New York.

See also:

Demorat who wants social media history reviewed prior to gun ownership tweets “kill yourself” to political opponent

NY demorats push for social media review as part of firearm background check


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Dr. Eowyn
1 year ago

Daniel Didech looks like a simpering POS.

1 year ago

From the movie; ‘The Blues Brothers’
I hate Illinois Nazis.
The Blues Brothers knew what’s up.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
1 year ago

Of course..Just part of the plan…All their patsy, pawns, and imaginary, perpetrators, had established personality profiles, and/or manifestos, with pictures posing with all the appropriate hate and racist symbols, speech, and firearms, for the very purpose of initiating this specific, further, encroachment on privacy and free speech right.

And the main stream media consistently plays their role disseminating their frauds, ignoring all with comprehension so see through right through it.

Jackie Puppet
Jackie Puppet
1 year ago

On the campaign trail, his top priorities were property tax relief, protect women’s rights in Illinois, and retain jobs in the state, and middle-class tax cuts.

Looks like he’s pretty low on the totem pole.

He was asked about gun control – nothing about social media.

I hope that current/prospective gun owners that are on social media, LIE about it and claim they don’t have accounts. I’m glad I don’t have any.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

Yeah, I wondered about that too. I don’t either. They probably won’t let me buy anymore guns since they can’t spy on me.

1 year ago

Can you imagine the types of organizations they would approve of? Now consider, just how “stable” those types are. So, if your a self-professed tranny trapped in a man’s body who is “fond” of toddlers and shoots a lot of heroin, but votes Demonrat, they’ll “let” you arm yourself to the teeth.

Tell them you’re a Trump supporter and all bets are immediately off. It’s getting worse, not better. They have broken some sort of boundary.