Since the Bruen decision, NY has changed the requirements to get a concealed weapons permit. They have since required applicants to demonstrate “good moral character” and (1) attending an in-person interview; (2) providing names and contact information for at least four character references; (3) providing names and contact information for all adults residing with the applicant and information about whether minors reside in the home; and (4) submitting “a list of former and current social media accounts of the applicant from the past three years.”

What happens if you don't have any reference or don't have any social media accounts? Can they legally deny you based on not providing that information?

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    I would say you'd probably get away with an explantion of "I have not participated in social media of any nature during this time period" would suffice for that purpose. If you do not have any for number 2, it's likely they will deny you, though I doubt it's legal. After all, if I stand in the middle of central park with a copy of my manifesto on socks being a part of an intricate plot so that THEY can take over the world, do I really need 4 people to say "Oh yeah, he's a sound and rational character and should be aloud to do this?" And by the way... it's only socks with toes.
    – hszmv
    Aug 2 at 15:46
  • There are 2 separate questions (1) what will NY authorities do if you don't provide this info/claim you don't have it, and (2) is it constitutional to require this info. Which are you interested in?
    – Stuart F
    Aug 2 at 15:57
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    Also lying to police is how honest people go to jail. If you tell them you dont have twitter and they find out you do. To the jail you will go.
    – Neil Meyer
    Aug 2 at 16:56
  • You really don't know 4 people who will vouch for you?
    – Dale M
    Aug 2 at 22:46
  • Does Stackexchange count as social media?
    – komodosp
    Aug 3 at 12:28


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