As demands for national gun control and gun reform continue to grow following the ongoing mass shootings, the state New York Trying to play its part by implementing a new screening process. According to new reports, New York residents will now need to be granted access to all of their social media accounts in order to apply to carry guns.
New York is trying a new approach screen applicant Asking for a gun permit – and it all comes down to social media. @TheHill reports, under a new law, New York residents will be required to provide a list of all their social media accounts for their “character and conduct” to be reviewed. Officially effective in September, the new requirement was part of new legislation passed earlier this month to preserve firearms limits following a Supreme Court ruling that most people should carry a handgun for personal protection. have the right to go. The new requirement was signed off on by Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul.
Under the details of the law, gun applicants must provide local authorities with a list of all current and former social media accounts for the past three years. However, it does not specify how to grant access to private accounts that are not visible to the general public. From there, New York Sheriff’s staff, judges and/or county clerks will be tasked with scrolling through those social media profiles to determine whether applicants exhibited or made statements suggesting dangerous behavior. Additionally, applicants must also undergo hours of security training, prove they are proficient in shooting a single gun, and also provide four character references before sitting for a round of personal interviews.
While many Democrats openly support the new measure, many critics have questioned how the law will actually be implemented without compromising free speech. Questions have also been raised about whether New York law is actually constitutional.
Peter Kehoe, executive director of the New York Sheriff’s Association, said he believes the new gun application requirement violates Second Amendment rights, and doesn’t think state officials will actually look at social media accounts.
“I don’t think we would. I think it would be a constitutional invasion of privacy,” Kehoe said.
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