WASHINGTON – Following a mass shooting that killed 26 at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced legislation last week that would penalize political appointees who fail to meet the standards of the FBI’s criminal background check system, among other reforms.

Not that this is a good thing, but if you’re going to have such an affront on the books, you might as well do it right. I suppose it’s too much to hope that a later revision will mandate drawing and quartering for those who fail to do this right.

So, that “among other reforms” thing:

David Kopel, a leading Second Amendment scholar who works as an associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute and research director at the Independence Institute, said in a recent interview that the legislation, which he said would improve the background check system, has a realistic chance of passing.

However, he said the bill does nothing to solve other problems with the background check database, specifically the issue of “false positives” that prevent valid access to guns. A false positive could mean lengthy delays or an inability to purchase firearms for eligible individuals, which Kopel said “can be harmful for their life and self-defense.”

Kopel also argued for re-enabling a restoration of rights program, which could mean gun access for felons who have had clean records for long periods of time.

This is possibly the most important part of this bill. Don’t get me wrong here: being stupid should be painful, but once you’ve served your time, you should be made whole again, and suffering a permanent loss of Rights cannot possibly be in line with the intent of the Founders. Mr. Kopel continues:

The Cornyn bill is considered an extension of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which included a process for restoration of rights. That process allows a person to petition the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which can use its discretion to restore firearms possession rights. However, that system has been defunded by appropriations riders since 1993.

That’s two Dem Administrations, two Republican ones, another two Dem ones and the current GOP one. I’m starting to think that hanging is too good for these guys.

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