Lawmakers in New York are in the process of drafting a bill that would allow social media checks before someone makes a gun purchase.
If passed, law enforcement authorities would be entitled to check any citizens social media accounts going back three years for potential hate speech/other concerns. It would also permit up to one year of internet search history for anyone wanting to purchase a firearm.
Right now, the legislation isn’t finalized yet, but Eric Adams, the president of Brooklyn Borough, and state Senator Kevin Palmer are working on the finishing touches.
“A three-year review of a social media profile would give an easy profile of a person who is not suitable to hold and possess a fire arm. Too many people who are emotionally disturbed are doing and showing their emotional instability on the social-media platforms,” Adams explained. “Yet these platforms are not being used to properly scrutinize if an individual should purchase a firearm.”
“If the police department is reviewing a gang assault, a robbery, some type of shooting, they go and do a social media profile investigation,” which Adams said was already pretty customary.
One key question: How will state authorities get access to a person’s history? Will it be required to submit as an attachment to a gun license application? Also, do they think it will be upheld by any future court challenges?
Today, @SenatorParker and I are announcing legislation to authorize the @NYSPolice and authorities like the @NYPD to conduct social media and internet search history reviews as part of the background check process for purchasing a gun. Our primary goal must be to #endgunviolence. pic.twitter.com/0IvlhHVRbJ
— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) November 2, 2018
Right now there a lot of social media options for Americans, but the four main platforms will include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, Pix 11 reports.
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance and so it’s important for us to continue to review our laws as it relates to access to guns and other kinds of weapons,” Senator Parker said.