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New York Gun Applications Might Soon Require 1 Year of Search History and Social Media Posts

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According to a new bill proposed by the New York State Senate, gun background checks could require applicants to reveal 1 year of search history and all of their social media posts from the past few years.

The bill states that gun applications now “require a person applying for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver or a renewal of such license to consent to having his or her social media accounts and search engine history reviewed and investigated for certain posts and/or searches over a period of 1-3 years prior to the approval of such application or renewal.”

Reason for denial could include, “(i) 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; (ii) threatening the health or safety of another person; (iii) an act of terrorism; or (iv) any other issue deemed necessary by the investigating officer.”

Curated from NY Assembly

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