NY Lawmakers: Scrutinize Gun Buyers’ Internet Activity

Politicians in New York want to make a subjective examination of every potential gun buyer's social media and search history, going back 3 years, state law.

In what seems more like a conspiracy theory spouted by someone in a tin foil hat, New York politicians want potential gun buyers online activity scrutinized before they may purchase a firearm—a policy that echoes China's terrifying and impending Social Credit System.

State Sen. Kevin Parker and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams—who only days earlier urged off-duty police officers bring handguns to their places of worship—proposed legislation Friday that would incorporate social media accounts into background checks for gun buyers.

The New York Patch reports that the pair of bills would give New York State Police and local departments, such as the NYPD with its crooked pistol licensing bureau, the authority to check three years of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat activity of anyone applying for a gun license in New York.

Parker also stated that the bills would also cover one's search history, with three year's of queries on sites such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, the Daily News reports. The State Senator adds that anyone seeking recertification would also be checked.

"We're not talking about a person advertising 'I hate a particular elected official. I hate a policy that's passed,'" Adams told the Daily News "If there's something that a law enforcement officer of a reasonable mind reviewed that shows this person does not hold the mental capacity to own a gun, then he should not be able to get a permit. We should use the same standard that determines whether a police officer can carry a gun."

Of course, this would be very subjective, and would rely on one person’s interpretation of something written years prior, potentially without context.

Even those residing in historically anti-gun areas have mixed feelings about the proposed bills. "I think that's kind of a gray area," Barbara Graham told PIX11 "I think that mental illness and police record, felonies or things like that definitely should be part of it."

Bills such as the ones proposed here aren’t created to prevent crime; they are crafted to make exercising one’s civil rights more difficult with the hope that most will give up—in addition to being an assault on the First and Second Amendments, primarily.