N.Y. Gov. Hochul Sued Over Requirement to Hand Over Social Media Accounts to Apply for Gun License

For the last century, New York’s “proper cause” requirement required gun license applicants to demonstrate a greater need than the average citizen in order to carry a gun. When last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ____ (2022), explicitly holding that the Constitution provides an individual right to carry firearms outside of the home and that the state may not ban the ordinary, law-abiding citizen from doing so, it overturned that proper cause requirement and made clear that the states cannot seek to disenfranchise its citizens en masse.

In response, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul convened a special session of the legislature to try to keep guns out of the hands of as many New Yorkers as possible, ignoring the Supreme Court’s mandate that the right to bear arms be respected, and among many other new requirements, the legislature passed a rule that requires all applicants to disclose every social media account they have used in the last 3 years.

This morning I filed suit against Gov. Hochul and this new law, explaining it in terms I think she can understand and, in fact, should make clear to anyone, regardless of what position they take on gun control, that this is the worst possible solution:

An applicant who has had an abortion and has used the anonymity of social media to seek comfort is now outed, as is the gay person struggling to come out to their family. An applicant with an “Only Fans” who sells nude pictures of themselves online would now be required to let police officers take a look at their body. The person who uses social media to document police misconduct, too, must de-anonymize themselves, as is the supporter of Black Lives Matter or any other marginalized political group.

In other words, the government has no business in our social media. My lawsuit also challenges a character reference requirement and a training requirement that are both designed not to ensure applicants are “good guys,” but simply to ensure that as few as possible are able to jump through enough hoops to get a license.

The case is Corbett v. Hochul, 22-CV-5867 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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17 thoughts on “N.Y. Gov. Hochul Sued Over Requirement to Hand Over Social Media Accounts to Apply for Gun License

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  1. Shootings have been skyrocketing in the past few years, you know good and well that allowing easy access to firearms will lead to an increase in shootings in states with gun control laws.

    The population is becoming more radical as right wing militia groups spring up including ones specifically targeting government officials.

    If you can’t live without your precious guns move to a place where popular support exists for gun rights instead of forcing a more dangerous existence on people who don’t want it.

    The Social media requirement allows the government to check motives so they don’t give a person planning an attack a gun.

    If it becomes as easy to get a gun in NY as in Texas shootings will become more common too with more victims do to population density.

  2. @sackeshi

    News flash. The overwhelming majority of states are in support of the second amendment and gun ownership. There are only a few hold outs like NY and CA but that is changing rapidly due to the recent ruling in NYSPRA vs Bruen.

    If you suffer from hoplophobia then perhaps it’s best to move to places with stricter gun laws like England or Australia. Not strict enough? May I suggest China or Russia?


  3. The swamp runs deep in NYS. Glad I don’t live there any longer. Called it home for 62 years. Shame on the politicians in that one great state, now nothing but a bunch of vultures..

  4. Sackesi. You should take your own advice. Don’t try to force your beliefs on others. The United States is a second amendment country. If you don’t like move someplace that does not protect that right. Like vénzala or cuba.

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