The police actually reach out to your FB friends and ask about your character, some of whom you may not have spoken to since high school or even grade school. This is on top of the character references you include in your application. I have a friend who applied and told them that he no longer had his FB account and that he deactivated it a few weeks prior. They insisted that he reactivate it so they could go through his contacts, photos, and prior posts. It’s not fun in upstate N.Y. People need to know how restrictive law enforcement is on our 2nd amendment rights.
This is what anti-gunnners call “commons-sense.” To them, gun-ownership, let alone carrying a gun, is a privilege rather than a right. This is getting to be good reason to move away from Facebook and most other social media or at the very least, be very careful of what you post and with whom you associate. Permits aside, make no mistake, if you’re ever involved in a use of force incident, anything you’ve done or said online in public forums like FB may be discoverable and used against you. Another reason we are not intolerant of racist posts on our page or pages advocating/inciting unlawful violence.