Recently one of our members was applying for his Pistol Permit in Watervliet, NY. The application packet contained the form displayed above which no government should ask of its citizenry. This form asked for their Facebook Login Credentials and password.
This creates a major issue on Constitutional grounds as this could mean violation of the First, Second and Fourth Amendments of our Constitution. Why should someones right to free speech on such a platform as social media have anything to do with their right to keep and bear arms. Two rights which are guaranteed to all individuals of this great nation by the First and Second amendments. As far as fourth amendment violations – this is about the blatant illegal search of ones papers and effects. Essentially they are strong arming people to consent to their illegal search, as it may affect their applications approval. Where I come from – that’s extortion.
One of our forum members contacted the Watervliet Police Department about this form:
“Mr. XXXX, that form was erroneously included in the package we provide for pistol permits. It is an internal form that we utilize during interviews and should not have been included in the package. It has since been removed. It is, however, a common practice to view social media as a means to identify and determine character of a pistol permit applicant, in addition to other investigatory methods. We apologize for the confusion.”
“Typically all we ask is that an applicant access their account during an interview.”
The Watervliet Police Department blatantly states they will ask you to log on to your Facebook for them to search through it, and if you decline – such information is no doubt handed up to the judge deciding yes or no on your application.
The question remains – How many people actually gave into this blatant violation of their rights when applying for a Pistol permit?