December 12, 2018
New York State Senator Kevin Parker, a Democrat, is proposing a law that would require police to check the social media posts and search engine history of handgun license applicants, and potentially deny their applications based on posts with “biased language.”
Sen. Parker introduced the bill on Nov. 14. It stipulates that anyone who wants to secure or renew a license to own a pistol or revolver must “consent to have his or her social media accounts and search engine history reviewed and investigated.”
The law would allow police to obtain applicants’ usernames and passwords for their personal social media accounts. For each applicant, police would be obliged to sift through three years of social media history and a year of search engine history.
Police would be able to investigate any posts or searches related to threats, terrorism, slurs or “biased language” describing a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation.
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:25 am