Jul 01, 2022
New York bill would require social media history to obtain gun carry permit
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New Yorkers may have to share their social media history and character references to obtain permits to carry concealed firearms in public, according to legislation passed by the state Senate on Friday.
Those seeking gun permits would have to disclose both their active and inactive social media accounts from the past three years as well as provide references the state can contact to confirm their “good moral character,” the bill states.The requirements are just one component of several proposed changes to New York gun laws after parts of its existing restrictions on concealed carry permits were struck down in a Supreme Court ruling last week.
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“We are confident that we are providing New York, again, an opportunity not only to be able to have their concealed carry but also to make New Yorkers safe,” state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) said Friday.
An applicant seeking a permit would need to meet with a licensing officer for an in-person interview, complete at least 16 hours of firearm training, and agree to store all firearms securely, according to the bill. The legislation would also create a statewide database for ammunition sales and license records and mandate sellers to keep records of every ammunition transaction.
New York law prohibits anyone younger than 21 from purchasing a firearm, and purchasers must have no previous convictions or serious offenses on record. The state previously had a provision limiting gun sales to those who have a "legally recognized reason for wanting to possess or carry a firearm," but that provision was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last week.
On June 23, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision upholding New York's 108-year-old law, with six justices voicing skepticism at the requirement to demonstrate a "proper cause" for obtaining a license. Justice Clarence Thomas went further, arguing there is "no other constitutional right" that requires demonstration of special need to government officers to obtain a concealed carry permit.
But Thomas agreed jurisdictions could ban concealed firearms in “sensitive places,” opening the door for state lawmakers to pass legislation that defines those terms. The legislation in New York would establish a definition that includes places where guns would be prohibited, such as Times Square, schools, government buildings, public transportation, places of worship, theaters, and stadiums, among others. The ban would also extend to private businesses unless they post signage indicating otherwise.
The state Senate passed the bill Friday, just one day after the legislature convened for a special session called by Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) in response to the Supreme Court ruling. The measure is expected to pass the Assembly and head to Hochul’s desk.
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The requirement to provide access to one's social media footprint likely stems from recent mass shootings in which investigators later found suspects had shared troubling posts on their accounts that may have hinted at their attacks. The suspect in a recent shooting at a subway in Brooklyn posted content on social media officials deemed "concerning."
Suspects in other recent mass shootings also sent troubling messages before opening fire, including the gunman accused of killing 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, reportedly sent private text messages saying he was going to "shoot an elementary school." Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who opened fire at Parkland High School in Florida in 2018, also made social media posts that may have tipped off officials to his plans, such as photos of him holding guns and knives, according to WPLG.Gun Control New York News Kathy Hochul Gun Violence
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At 27, former Morgan State star Tiwian Kendley isnt ready to give up his NBA dream: Im going to earn it
Tiwian Kendley has plenty of memories of his time with the Morgan State men’s basketball program. There was his 40-point, 10-rebound performance in an 85-82 double overtime win against Manhattan on Dec. 7, 2016, that made him only the fourth player in school history to touch the 40-point benchmark.
Kendley one-upped himself with a stat line of 41 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 96-95 overtime loss to Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 19, 2018. In addition to dropping 30 points or more seven times, he also recorded a putback dunk when he took off from the wing in front of the Bears bench, grabbed a rebound in mid-air, and put it down for two of his 26 points in a 78-72 loss against Towson on Nov. 15, 2016.
But the one play that stood out to Kendley was a thunderous windmill dunk in a 61-47 victory over Delaware State on Jan. 23, 2018, in which he took off just two steps inside the free-throw line before hammering home the ball.
“I didn’t even know I was going to do it,” he said. “It just happened. I just went with my body. It just went down, and I remember the crowd going, ‘Ohh!’ That was epic.”
Kendley, 27, is trying to reach more milestones — most notably getting to the NBA. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard-small forward is planning to return to the Wisconsin Herd, the MIlwaukee Bucks’ G League affiliate, for a second season.
Among Herd players who played at least 20 games this past season, Kendley ranked fourth in scoring at 12.3 points per game and field-goal percentage at .44 and added 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Wisconsin coach Chaisson Allen said Kendley was a valuable contributor to the team.
“He can do a little bit of everything,” said Allen, who played overseas in Croatia, Greece, Israel, Poland and Turkey. “I can’t compare him to a player, but I just enjoyed having him because I could put him in a ball screen, I could play him off the ball. He was easy to use in our offensive system.”
Kendley is still the fastest player in Morgan State history to score 1,000 points, amassing 1,032 in only 44 career games. That talent is one that former coach Todd Bozeman cites as Kendley’s path to the NBA.
“He’s very gifted with the ability to score,” Bozeman said. “He has a high motor, and I think any professional basketball person would tell you that a high motor is up there in the top two. I would say it’s No. 1 in terms of what you’re looking for in guys. He can really score the ball, and he can really defend. He would be an excellent two-way guy.”
Kendley grew up in Harlem, New York, in the Abraham Lincoln projects. But when he was 15, his mother Jasmine Barnes moved him and his siblings to Greenbelt in Prince George’s County.
“I knew I was going to pursue basketball or I was going to get caught up in the environment,” he said. “Basketball was in front of me, but where I come from, there’s a lot of other things there. I was one of those kids that got a chance to get away from it.”
After playing at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Kendley began his college career at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado. After scoring more than 1,000 points in two years there, Kendley was recruited to Morgan State by Glenroy Palmer, his former AAU coach who was an assistant on Bozeman’s staff.
Bozeman remembered Kendley as a high-energy player who instantly earned the respect of his teammates.
“He made quite a few plays,” he said. “He was one of those guys where his teammates looked to him to score and lead them. He has that kind of magnetism.”
Kendley credited his success with the Bears to the realization that he could not waste the opportunity afforded him.
“I knew that if I really wanted to make it work, that was my last chance,” he said. “Morgan State was my last chance, my last everything to make everything work and to make sure that I wanted to do what I wanted to do. It was more me just mentally cutting a lot of stuff out and locking in on basketball for two years.”
After graduating from Morgan State in 2018 with a bachelor’s in communications and going undrafted, Kendley signed with the Washington Wizards’ summer league team and averaged 9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. On Sept. 10, 2018, he agreed to a one-year, minimum-salary deal with the Wizards before getting waived by them on Oct. 14.
Kendley then joined the training camp roster for the Capital City Go-Go, Washington’s G League affiliate. Four months later, he was traded to the Windy City Bulls, the Chicago Bulls’ G League franchise.
After playing in Mexico in 2020 and Kosovo in 2021, Kendley returned to the United States in October to play for the South Bay Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers’ G League affiliate. But he appeared in only four games and averaged 0.8 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists. When he was released on Jan. 31, he was home for one day before the Wisconsin Herd signed him.
Allen, who was an assistant coach for the Capital City Go-Go when Kendley was there, said he knew what he was getting from Kendley.
“We needed him to play 25 minutes per night,” Allen said. “We needed scoring, which is something that he is tremendous at, and that allowed him to just play free and play his game.”
In nine games with the Herd in February, Kendley averaged 14.6 points, including a 30-point outburst in a 105-100 loss to the Westchester Knicks on Feb. 26. Kendley said his time in Wisconsin rejuvenated his spirit.
“I felt great about myself instantly,” he said. “I went straight to my coach and told him, ‘Even if you all don’t keep me here, thank you. You made me feel that love for the game again.’ I had fun on both ends of the floor, and that was the most important thing. And then it just kept going with the Herd. I just kept performing, and in my mind, I was back. I was having fun, and that’s how it went.”
At 27, Kendley’s window may not be as wide as others’. But Allen pointed out that Pablo Prigioni made his rookie debut with the New York Knicks in 2012 when he was 35 years old.
“Everybody’s path is different,” he said. “I think for him, he just needs to keep working and keep striving and take each day to get better. As long as you’re doing that and trying to reach your full potential, the league will find you.”
Kendley is trying to become only the second player in Morgan State history to play in the NBA. He would join Marvin “The Human Eraser” Webster, who played 10 seasons for the ABA’s Denver Nuggets and the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and Knicks. Kendley said he knows that he has to prove that he is as determined to play defense as he is to get on offense.
“I know that’s going to separate me and get me in the door,” he said. “Once I get in the door, my hard work is going to show that I belong here. I don’t want to be given anything. I want to work for it. I’m going to earn it, and I’m going to thank everyone after I do that.”