By: Teresa Mull
A pair of New York lawmakers wants to mandate a thorough vetting of social media accounts belonging to would-be gun buyers.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and state Sen. Kevin Palmer’s proposal would allow authorities to review three years of social media history and one year of internet search history of any person seeking to purchase a firearm.
“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,” Adams explains.
Adams also equated police departments conducting a social media profile investigation for a gun buyer with “reviewing a gang assault, a robbery, some type of shooting.”
Breitbart.com notes New York State has already enacted the “SAFE” Act, which “requires universal background checks and registration, and bans ‘assault weapons’ and ‘high capacity’ magazines.”
“This [proposed legislation] is typical of the gun grabbers of the New York City Democratic Party,” Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, told Gunpowder Magazine. “They care nothing for the rights of people, particularly up-staters, where we have a completely different culture than they do in the city. And they’re completely overlooking the fact that what they’re doing is a violation of our First Amendment rights, as well as our Second Amendment rights.”
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.