No Gun Permit Unless You Give Up Your Facebook Password

A town is blatantly running a criminal operation in its gun permit procedure. Of course, being criminal, they did try to keep it quiet for awhile. But, now that it is revealed, they have insisted on continuing.


The Second Amendment acknowledges the right to bear arms, which calls into question the whole concept of a government-issued gun permit. But the law has been allowed for a basic background check involving public information.

The Fourth Amendment acknowledges the right to be secure in one’s privacy. The government is not supposed to search your property or effects without having probable cause.

So making the exercise of the Second Amendment depend on waiving the protections of the Fourth Amendment is an illegal maneuver.

The Watervliet, N.Y., Police Department has decided to ignore and violate the U.S. Constitution.

The reason we know about this, thanks to, is because the police department sent an applicant a form that requested his Facebook username and password. Naturally, once he got over the shock, he asked about this request. The reply is horrible: The police said they didn’t mean to send that request because they use it for the personal interview later in the process. Thanks to misplaced paperwork the proof of what they were doing has been revealed.

“It is… 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,” the department’s spokesperson told the applicant. “Typically all we ask is that an applicant access their account during an interview.”

But if the police dept. gets the applicant’s login credentials as requested on the form, and the applicant does not change his password afterwards, the police and the court reviewing the application can theoretically access his Facebook account as much as they want.

“It is what it is,” the Chief of Police, Ron Boisvert, told gun rights advocate Robert Farago after Farago told him the request was unconstitutional.


“…If you decline – such information is no doubt handed up to the judge deciding yes or no on your application,” reported “The question remains – How many people actually gave into this blatant violation of their rights when applying for a pistol permit?”

In addition to being unconstitutional (since no one seems to care), this demand is illegal for Facebook users. The terms of service forbid giving other people your password.

I guess I should not be shocked and surprised that so-called “law enforcement” (which seems to be the term we use for systematic violation of the law) would spit on the constitution and blackmail people who want to exercise their right to bear arms, demanding they pay the price by giving them access to private data and communications. After all, the head of the FBI is treating Apple like a criminal conspirator for merely offering privacy to iPhone buyers

The idea seems to be that “law enforcement” should have open access to however much of our data that they want. This is the idea at the national level and we find it in local police departments. The Feds have even claimed the right to steal a person’s identity on Facebook.

Here is my advice:

  1. Consider not having a Facebook account, or
  2. Practice looking innocent and naive as you say, “Facebook? What’s that?”