“Let’s see you post about wanting to murder people in a shopping mall, and now you want to buy this high powered rifle. Please stand your crazy ass over in the corner while we call the authorities.”
Courtesy of WHAM:
People applying for a pistol permit or renewing a license could have their social media accounts and internet history reviewed. It’s part of a newly proposed bill in the New York State Senate.
State Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st District introduced Senate Bill 9191 in attempts to keep firearms out the hands of people who may be violent.
The measure requires, “social media and search engine reviews prior to the approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver; requires 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; defines terms.”
This, as lawmakers and authorities around the country look for ways to prevent mass shootings.
The bill asks those applying for a gun license or renewing one to give up their log-ins and passwords to social media accounts for open searches going back three years; internet search histories would go back one year.
Okay while I applaud the idea of wanting to make sure that guns were not falling into the hands of people who might then go on a shooting spree, I do not think that a law could be passed to force people to hand over their search histories, or social media passwords.
For one thing, it would probably end gun sales overnight, as nobody wants to share their porn watching history with the authorities.
And second, since these people would not be under criminal investigation there is no good reason to invade their privacy so completely.
Now I could see a law being passed where they might have to share the link to their Facebook and other social media accounts, but not their search histories and passwords.