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Could social media checks rein in gun violence? NY lawmakers say yes.

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Albany, N.Y.

As missed warning indicators pile up in investigations of mass killings, New York state is rolling out a novel technique to display screen candidates for gun permits. Individuals looking for to hold hid handguns can be required at hand over their social media accounts for a assessment of their “character and conduct.”

It’s an strategy applauded by many Democrats and nationwide gun management advocacy teams, however some consultants have raised questions on how the regulation can be enforced and deal with free speech considerations.

A number of the native officers who can be tasked with reviewing the social media content material are also asking whether or not they’ll have the sources and, in some circumstances, whether or not the regulation is even constitutional.