New York gun control law requires social media checks — Analysis

Social media accounts must be submitted to police by those applying for gun permits under the new legislation

New York adopted a broad gun control law that bans firearms from certain places. “sensitive areas,”Times Square is also required to conduct social media checks on gun permit applicants in order to verify their identities “character and conduct.”

The bill, which was sponsored by Democrats, passed the New York legislature at a special session that took place on Friday. Governor Kathy Hochul then signed it. 

“This to me is the embodiment of what it means to be an American,”Hochul spoke of the law shortly after passing the state Senate and added that she would sign it “in honor of our Fourth of July weekend.”

Guns from many different lists are prohibited by the law. “sensitive areas”There are many tourist attractions in the Empire State. These include New York City’s most popular tourist spots. Schools, libraries, universities and government buildings. A clear sign must be posted by the business owners indicating that firearms are not permitted in private homes.

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The bill also includes a controversial provision that allows those who want to get a permit for guns to send the government. “a list of former and current social media accounts… from the past three years”Please confirm your “applicant’s character and conduct.”They will also be required to submit at most four additional documents “character references”We can help you. “attest to the applicant’s good moral character.”

This bill was passed in a special legislative session that followed the US Supreme Court’s decision to repeal a New York century-old gun control statute. Although permit-seekers were required to show that they needed a gun for self defense, the court found that the provision violated the 14th Amendment. “by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.”

Although Democratic supporters say it will benefit, “make New Yorkers safe,”New legislation is being criticized by Republicans and gun enthusiasts. Aaron Dorr who is the executive director for the New York State Firearms Association has blasted the law as “unacceptable”. “the kind of bill that the Gestapo would be proud of.”

“This will never survive a court challenge,”He concluded.

GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin – who won the party’s nomination for an upcoming governor’s race earlier this week – was also highly critical, arguingThe law will only increase the risk for residents.

“Only under one party Democrat rule can criminals run amuck armed with illegal guns, while law abiding New Yorkers are stripped of their right to safely and securely carry a firearm solely for self-defense,” Zeldin said.

Debate over gun control has been rekindled by a spate of mass shootings in recent months – including a rampage in Buffalo, New York which left 10 dead in May – prompting new legislation across a number of states and on the national level. Last week, President Joe Biden signed into law a significant bipartisan gun bill. It aims to restrict firearm access from dangerous individuals. This is the largest piece of legislation Congress has seen in almost 30 years.

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