Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) has filed Senate Bill S9191 requiring handgun license applicants to provide internet log-ins so authorities could search three years worth of social media comments and search engine history.
Parker says the bill would help keep firearms out of the hands of people who may be violent. The bill would apply both to applicants for new licenses as well as current licensees seeking to renew their five-year license term.
New York already has some of the toughest handgun laws in the country. License applicants are already required to submit their criminal history, mental health history and offer character references. They must be at least 21 and cannot have felony or other serious convictions.
Buffalo News columnist Rod Watson writes there is strong opposition to the bill.
The bill does not have a corresponding measure in New York's Assembly, the lower chamber of the legislature. No hearing has been scheduled on the measure.
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