NY Wants to Check Your Social Media If Applying for Concealed Carry

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that New York’s draconian concealed carry restrictions violate the Constitution, the state had an unusual response. It replaced the now defunct law with one that far more blatantly shreds the 2nd Amendment.

New York wants to examine all social media accounts applicants kept over the past three years. This is more constitutional?

Why stop there? Dig up records to see if the concealed carry applicant ever voted Republican. Check their cars for MAGA stickers and their Spotify for country music playlists.

New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the bill into law Friday that purportedly counteracted the Supreme Court’s overturning of its previous restrictions on concealed carry.

Besides reading Twitter messages and seeing who the applicant is following, the state must receive four character references. The applicant is required to take 16 hours of gun safety training plus two hours of target practice at a gun range.

They must undergo regular background checks and give the state contact information on their spouse, domestic partner or any adults living in their home. Background checks are also required for ammunition purchases.

The state banned firearms in many public places, including Times Square and government buildings, schools, medical facilities, houses of worship, and public transit.

Hochul immediately called the state legislature into extraordinary session after the high court’s ruling, and the regulations were quickly hammered out. “I have just signed a new law to keep New Yorkers safe,” the governor tweeted, noting the “monumental setback” from the SCOTUS ruling.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that the Constitution allows individuals to possess weapons outside the home for self-defense. The 6-3 majority declared New York officials had too much power to deny a concealed carry gun permit to citizens.

State law had required an applicant to show “proper cause” for a concealed carry permit to be granted. There was an immediate outcry in New York among Democratic leaders with the overturning of its century-old rules restricting firearms in public areas.

A torrent of lawsuits will flood New York courts as attorneys knock down this blatantly unconstitutional legislation piece by piece. New York lawmakers cannot believe it will prevail against legal challenges, so this new law is merely posturing for the Democratic base. It will not stand.