Law would require social media check for pistol permit applicants


<> on May 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

ALBANY, NY (WFLA) – New legislation proposed by lawmakers in New York would require a social media check on a person before they can get their pistol permit.

Our sister station WROC reports the bill would require pistol permit applicants to provide their social media usernames and passwords so government officials can search for posts that “cause concern.” 

The bill would cover Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram posts going back three years. The applicant’s search history on Google, Yahoo and Bing would also be investigated, going back one year.

According to the bill, officials would look for posts or searches with threats, mentions of terrorism, profane slurs or biased language used to describe race, color, gender, sexual orientation and religion. If authorities found anything, the pistol permit would be denied.

Read the full text of the bill here.

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