Bill Would Require You To Turn Over Social Media Passwords For Gun Permit

The bill would allow authorities to read your Facebook posts and go through your internet searches.

New York, NY – People applying for a pistol permit or renewing a license could have their social media accounts and internet search history reviewed according to a proposed bill in the New York state senate.

State Senator Kevin Parker, a Democrat, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams drafted the legislation, according to WHAM.

The bill requires that there be social media and search engine reviews before there can be approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver.

Social media reviews would go back three years and search engine reviews would go back a year.

WHAM reported that people would have to give up their log-ins and passwords to social media accounts.

The proposed bill would give state and local police ability to investigate for "commonly known profane slurs used or biased language used to describe race, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation; threatening health or safety of another person, or an act of terrorism," according to WHAM.

"Most times, when you have these shooting incidents, there are breadcrumbs in social media plainly visible things. What can be done about that?" said State Assemblywoman-elect Jamie Romeo, according to WHAM. “While I respect his proposal, there’s a lot of enforcement problems with that, I think."

Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode said mental health history and domestic violence is better at predicting gun violence.

“We chase down these social media threats," VanBrederode said, according to WHAM. "And very few are ever legitimate, because it’s easy to sit behind a keyboard and say something bad or do like that. I would even agree that this has become a violation of your privacy rights."

New Yorkers interviewed by WHAM had mixed reaction to the proposed bill.

“I think it would help," said Sarah Stade, according to WHAM. "You never know what people on the Internet are searching. You can have person that’s a normal everyday person to someone else, and you go into their search history or their home and it’s totally different.”

Others were opposed.

“I’ve always thought anything that’s pass code worthy is yours; it’s private,” said Glenn Moses, according to WHAM. “To have any rights to get your passwords and go through your accounts and maintain your accounts, that’s just horrible.”

Comments (72)
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Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

They'll want your credit card passwords next, but just to make sure you aren't buying anything they don't approve of.

Milman
Milman

I hope they start by looking through the Social Media of our politicians before they pass new laws!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Interesting idea. That way if someone starts making crazy posts, then policemen can do a raid and take his guns away before there is a horrible shooting.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm not necessarily opposed because I have nothing to hide in my social media. My problem comes in the form of circumventing the security of social media.

And besides, the government has to do something to curve mass shootings, because they've already ruled out demographically profiling those that would most likely attempt a mass shooting or bettering health care for those individuals.

Righton17
Righton17

Illegal to say the least.

Thecarguy22
Thecarguy22

Typical liberal state.

OldVet
OldVet

Only in New York where the Government is filled with Pussy Wimps.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

I am not so sure I disagree with this. I believe it may have trouble standing up in court, but it could help stop some bad guys from getting guns legally. How many times have we had a mass shooter who's social media posts hint to what is to come?

Pack
Pack

The good news is it’s NY, so not many able to get one anyways. I’d just carry without a license.

convertibleguy
convertibleguy

That’s New York for you...

If the people are stupid enough to put up with the idiotic gun laws then they deserve to be oppressed.

convertibleguy
convertibleguy

Criminals DO NOT obey gun laws...

gun laws are ridiculous.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

God, I'm glad I live in a Constitutional Carry State.

angeleyes
angeleyes

it's private only if you not an LEO.

ISeeWhatIsHappening
ISeeWhatIsHappening

How many people are they going to pay to do this? Anyone could have two accounts or delete anything suspicious before applying for a permit.

Scattered
Scattered

My address is 610 E Orange St. Apopka FL 32703. Just try it. I'm ready. Come try it. Ain't gonna happen!!!

jimT
jimT

Typical Dumbocrat move. I see 1st amendment violations about to happen

RPG156
RPG156

This is the stupidest idea in the history of stupid ideas...

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

So when some government agent gets into the password section of the persons computer, how can one truly be sure that they are not going to let a hacker in or maybe even take a few passwords themselves? And who is going to check to make sure that the agent actually is doing the work? And who is this agent going to be? hiring somebody from off the street to look at information on someone else's computer seems a large step toward a dictatorship. Besides, who here believes anyone who is a terrorist or criminal would actually give up the right password?

BlueFan
BlueFan

Okay, I'll give you my password. Here it is........ GoF*ckYourself!

NomonK
NomonK

Ever have 2 accounts

FSchloss
FSchloss

Hey, it's New York. You can't expect anything sensible from New York, New Jersey, California, or similar trash heaps. If you do, you're facing a life full of frustration.

Gunnersbumpa
Gunnersbumpa

King Andy has his petty fingers in this ,you can bet your ass on that. If it wasn't for my grandkids, I would dump this POS state so fast, the roadrunner couldn't keep up.

Gunnersbumpa
Gunnersbumpa

Coming from a NYC Democrat, what more can you expect?

ChrisBlue
ChrisBlue

In New York city, Los Angeles and Chicago it make perfect sense. Nothing but LefTARDs in those areas and they cannot be trusted with anything potentially dangerous.

Oldlefty56
Oldlefty56

IT WON’T STOP THERE!!! Once they get their foot in the door, they’ll continue to get more leverage until our privacy is COMPLETLY GONE! You watch.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@FSchloss Those "trash heaps" help subsidize shitholes throughout the south and midwest. Be lucky they're part of the union, because many flyover states would be 3rd world without them.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

So, what if people just said they didnt have a facebook or Twitter account?

61mouse
61mouse

So wait the phone company didn't want to give the FBI access to the terrorist phones a few years ago . But it's ok to go into Americans phones ?

b1rd
b1rd

Great idea. But how is this going to affect the real criminals?

Maybe politicians should be forced to give up their social media accounts before they run for office.

Let's start with the ones in office now and work backwards. Oh wait, they bleachbit their stuff.

Scottishphenix
Scottishphenix

Congratulations, NY. Welcome to 1984.

ShaSha1007
ShaSha1007

Can you imagine how long it would take to actually get a permit?!?

Digger15108
Digger15108

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Consenting to this is opening a can of worms on yourself. Now you will be trusting the government to pour through your life unabated and if you're someone on someone's shitlist watch-out.

Khorde
Khorde

Jokes on them. I follow 2 people on Facebook, 24 on Instagram, and the Twitter Gestapo makes sure any comments this group wouldnt like doesnt stay up longer than 10 minutes. My internet searches are so random their head will explode.... enjoy the T&A from the Suicide Girls I follow and give me my permit.