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New York Passes Legislation Requiring Handgun License Applicants Turn Over List of Their Social Media Accounts

Your name, date of birth and Twitter handle, please?

The New York state Senate approved sweeping legislation Friday afternoon that would ban concealed weapons from so-called “sensitive locations” like Times Square, public transit and other venues — while requiring gun permit applicants to give the state information about their social media accounts as well as character references. 

“This to me is the embodiment of what it means to be an American. In honor of our Fourth of July weekend, I look forward to signing the legislation as soon as it’s finished,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a press conference following the vote. 

The Assembly passed the bill Friday night and soon after Gov. Kathy Hochul signed it into law. 

Debate on the bill began early Friday, one day after the extraordinary legislative session called by Hochul began — a delay attributed to last-minute negotiations over a conceptual deal touted by the governor earlier in the week.

“This is a very nocturnal place,” Hochul said of the final bill language dropping in the middle of the night – par for the course in a state Capitol where legislators often get little notice before votes on controversial bills.

Republicans likened Hochul’s handling of the situation to her predecessor, – disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo – whose three terms in office featured mu …

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