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N.Y. Proposal: Social Media Checks Before Gun Purchases

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WCBS NewsRadio New York reports:  Two New York lawmakers are working to draft a bill that would propose a social media check before a gun purchase. 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. True, “free speech and gun rights complaints are likely to come up” – no kidding! – but Adams says it’s a way to identify persons who “not suitable to hold and possess a firearm.”  The two are hoping to identify any hate speech on social media profiles, which are often revealed only after someone is arrested in a mass shooting. The only way to make this proposal better – by which I mean worse – would be to

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WCBS NewsRadio New York reports

Two New York lawmakers are working to draft a bill that would propose a social media check before a gun purchase.

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.

True, “free speech and gun rights complaints are likely to come up” – no kidding! – but Adams says it’s a way to identify persons who “not suitable to hold and possess a firearm.” 

The two are hoping to identify any hate speech on social media profiles, which are often revealed only after someone is arrested in a mass shooting.

The only way to make this proposal better – by which I mean worse – would be to arrange for New York to quarter troops on the homes of applicants with especially bad social media postings. That way the sponsors could achieve a straight flush of Bill of Rights violations.

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