According to the New York PostDuring an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday morning, Adams said, “It’s really about using the good, old-fashioned methods of doing research.”
Adams continued, “When I became a police officer, people would knock on my neighbors’ doors, interview them, and ask what kind of person I am.”
following the US Supreme Court decision Repealing a 1913 state law that required people to show “good cause” to carry firearms in the state, New York officials added additional requirements for people seeking concealed carry permits that went into effect. On September 1.
Adams, a former police captain, added: “And I think those are the same skills that will be used to look at not only social media, but knock on our neighbors’ doors, talk to people, find out who this person is that they’re about to allow carrying a firearm in our city.”
As part of the background checks, applicants will be subject to an in-person interview, and will be asked to provide four character references, a list of previous and current social media accounts spanning three years, and to disclose the names of your spouse or any other adult living in your home.
In addition, permit renewals will now be required every three years, as opposed to the five years required by the previous law.
The NYPD saw a 54 percent increase in applications for carrier licenses before the September 1 deadline. There were 1,579 applications filed since June 1, compared to 1,024 filed during the same period in 2021.
Adams also said during the interview, “We’re not going to pull police officers out of those areas where we need police protection because of the violence, the surges, but at the same time, it’s really going to expand our law enforcement capabilities.” referencing his promise to redeploy officers working desk jobs to the streets in an effort to control rising crime in the city.