New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed landmark gun legislation Friday requiring New Yorkers to disclose 3 years of social media history when applying for a concealed carry permit, reported The Post Millennial.
The new regulation requires concealed carry applicants to disclose 3 years of social media history for both active and inactive accounts, and also requires applicants to have a minimum of 16 hours of firearms training, as well as four “character references,” which would supposedly “attest to the applicant’s good moral character and that such applicant has not engaged in any acts, or made any statements, that suggest they are likely to engage in conduct 19 that would result in harm to themselves or others,” according to the legislation.
The law comes just days after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case N.Y. State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen (2022), which struck down a New York law requiring concealed carry applicants to present a “justifiable need” to law enforcement to justify their possession of a firearm.
Part of the Supreme Court’s reasoning for striking down the New York law was that a “justifiable need” was inherently subjective, thus allowing the potential for Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms to be infringed. Whether or not the most recent legislation presents yet another legal error of subjectivity remains to be seen.
During a press conference regarding the new legislation, Governor Hochul said “we are creating a definitive list of sensitive locations where individuals will not be able to carry firearms.”
This list, according to The Post Millennial, includes “schools, summer camps, libraries, daycares, parks and playgrounds, places children gather, theaters, museums, entertainment venues, places of worship for religious observation, polling places, educational institutions, and health medical facilities. Federal State Local government buildings, homeless and domestic violence shelters, places where alcohol is consumed, restaurants, bars, public transportation, subway buses, airports and at public demonstrations and rallies, and in Times Square.”
Another component of the new law is forbidding concealed carry on private property unless the property owner gives permission to do otherwise. Hochul stated further in the press conference:
“We are making ‘no open carry’ the default position for private businesses. That means that any business, grocery store, retail, private home, place that wants to allow guns on their premises will have to demonstrate that and establish that they put a sign out there that says concealed carry guns are welcome here.”
The new law is sure to draw fierce opposition from New York Republicans who recently celebrated the Supreme Court’s expansion of gun rights which struck down a previous New York law.