Privacy groups oppose state gun control proposal
A gun control proposal in the New York State Legislature is getting some push-back from privacy groups.
A state lawmaker wants to require the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants to be scrutinized by police.
Police would be able to reject applicants who make violent or hateful posts.
State Senator Kevin Parker hopes his proposal sparks discussion about the balance between public safety and online privacy. The Brooklyn Democrat says mass killers, like the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect, often provide warning signs on their social media posts.
Free speech advocates have slammed the bill and critics say forcing gun owners to provide law enforcement access to online accounts raises privacy concerns.
Parker says that if you're concerned about privacy, then don't apply for a gun license.
Despite the opposition, the bill is expected to get a lot of support in Albany.
Democrats will soon control the state senate and assembly, as well as the governor's office.