People seeking to carry concealed firearms in New York will be required to provide lists of their social media accounts for an evaluation of their “character and conduct.”
The new requirement, which goes into effect in September, was included in a law passed last week that vowed to keep some firearms restrictions in place after the Supreme Court decided that most people have a right to carry a firearm for personal protection.
According to the law, applicants must provide a list of recent and erstwhile social media accounts from the previous three years to local officials. It is unclear whether applicants will be obligated to provide access to confidential accounts that are not accessible to the general public.
However, the new approach comes amid a growing debate about the surveillance of social media posts and the legendary status of unjustified vigilance of Black and brown community members.