New Yorkers applying for handgun licenses or renewing existing licenses could potentially have to submit to a state review of their social media histories and internet searches under a proposed new state law. “We hear about these instances where there’s a mass shooting,” said Rochester area Assemblywoman-elect Jamie Romeo, […]
The law would empower State Police to investigate for “commonly known profane slurs or biased language used to describe the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person.”
The law would require handgun licensees to open those records up for an audit of their search records going back one year, and of their social media activity going back three years.
“The Bill of Rights is totally under assault with this particular bill,” said Tim Andrews, president of the New York Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE). “It’s an invasion of privacy. Some would see it as a Fourth Amendment violation, and a violation of the First Amendment, freedom of speech.”
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I would seriously question the sensibility of the New York lawmakers. Although I fully understand the motivation behind this kind of thinking, I believe they are trying to overstep their authority. I also believe this bill will never survive, even in New York.
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