2nd Amendment supporters question NYC proposal to scrutinize gun buyers’ web searches, social media
“This country doesn’t have a gun problem. It has a moral, mental health, synthetic drug and crime problem. There are enough laws in place already,” said free speech and gun rights advocate Tony Martin on an online forum at Newsweek.
Martin was responding to a bill proposed by New York City officials that attempts to keep guns out of the hands of violent people. The legislation would authorize state or local law enforcement authorities to scrutinize the social media and internet search history of any person wanting to purchase a firearm.
Martin said this bill would violate the First, Second and Fourth Amendments at the same time. “Wrong on so many levels,” he wrote.
The American Civil Liberties Union has argued that government surveillance of social media has a chilling effect on the First Amendment, discouraging free expression. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from warrantless searches where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. ACLU did not comment on this story in time for publication.