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NEW YORK LAW REQUIRES GUN PERMIT APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS FOR REVIEW

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NEW YORK LAW REQUIRES GUN PERMIT APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS FOR REVIEW

As of September 1st, New York residents who want to carry concealed handguns will need to submit their accounts as part of their permit application. They’ll need to provide details of active and inactive accounts from the previous three years, along with at least four references.

The accounts will be used to review the applicant’s “character and conduct,” according to the . Those seeking a permit need to show that they have “the essential character, temperament and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and others.” Local sheriffs’ staff, judges and country clerks will be tasked with looking at social media accounts for warning signs.

The measure was included in legislation that Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law last week. The legislation was passed to enact some gun restrictions following a Supreme Court ruling determining that most people have the right to carry a handgun for their own protection….

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