Bill would allow Illinois State Police to conduct social media searches of gun owners

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require Illinois State Police to search a person's social media accounts before allowing them to legally purchase guns.

If HB0888​ passes, anyone applying for a FOID card would need to turn over a list of every social media account they use to police. Police would use that information to determine any possible reason to disqualify the person from getting a FOID card.

Opponents say the bill is an invasion of privacy and violates second amendment rights. The bill was referred to the riles committee on Jan. 28.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59th District) and Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th District).