Checking social media before gun license approval, yes or no?

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(WBNG) — Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker proposed a bill that would impact how and if you can get a gun.

The bill would require you to hand over your Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram passwords to investigators before you get your handgun license approved.

You would also give authorities access to your Google, Yahoo and Bing searches.

The focus would be on your social media postings over the last three years and a year of your online search history.

State Senator Parker’s bill says they’d look for “any good cause for the denial of a license,” including racial slurs, threats of violence and terrorism related posts.

In reaction to the bill, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said in a statement, “At first glance, it definitely raises a number of issues, including concerns about privacy, the cost of implementation, and whether this would open a door to applying this standard to other situations.”

State Senator Fred Akshar says he still has some homework to do on the bill. But many of you had plenty to say.

“I think in a way it’s a good idea because then they can check to make sure that you’re not going to try to blow somebody up or shoot somebody,” said Robin Jones of Binghamton.

“If they have access to it maybe you can stop them before they kill some more people.”

Binghamton resident Richard Swartz, however, says no way.

“Picking and poking into somebody’s daily life, I just don’t think that that’s legal or right.”

Jones doesn’t mind the lack of privacy, adding, “I’d rather have my kids safe and my family safe than to worry about what’s on my internet.”

Julia Gorman

Julia Gorman

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