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Gun Bill to Require Buyers to Hand Over Social Media Passwords, Search History

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By Joseph Jankowski | 23 November 2018

PLANET FREE WILL — A bill introduced in the New York State Assembly would require residents to hand over social media passwords and internet search history before being granted permission to purchase a firearm.

The bill, drafted by state Senator Kevin Parker and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, would give state officials the ability to review up to three years worth of internet search history, reports WKBW Buffalo.

Providing more information on the newly-drafted bill, Rochester First is reporting that the search history will come from major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Also, anyone applying for, or renewing a pistol permit would have to give up all login information, including passwords, for any social media sites they’re a part of. […]

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