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Should Americans need to pass a social media check to get a gun?


Men firing guns at an indoor range in Green Island, New York. A bill before the New York state Legislature would require handgun applicants to turn over log-in information so investigators could look at three years' worth of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram postings, as well as the previous year's worth of Google, Yahoo and Bing searches. — AP

Men firing guns at an indoor range in Green Island, New York. A bill before the New York state Legislature would require handgun applicants to turn over log-in information so investigators could look at three years' worth of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram postings, as well as the previous year's worth of Google, Yahoo and Bing searches. — AP

ALBANY, New York: Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun?  

That’s a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require police to scrutinise the social media and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who publish violent or hate-filled posts. 

   

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