. We currently have some of these laws on the books. They have not prevented felons from accessing firearms. Is a more invasive system going to be required to prevent mentally ill people and convicted felons from owning firearms?
2. Should a convicted felon who has paid his dues in prison be deprived of the same rights as other citizens long after his conviction and incarceration? Are all felony convictions life sentences? Do you differentiate between violent felon and white collar felonies?
1. My understanding is not all states currently report mental illness to the database? I'm not sure how this information will be gathered or reported going forward.
2. Interesting point, are you a felon for life? I think unless you get pardoned or the conviction expunged which implies you are rehabilitated and reintegrated into society, my answer would be yes, therefore you have forfeited your right to bear arms.
I would not treat white collar felonies any different, my opinion is WC criminals like the Enron guys, Stanford, etc are far more destructive to our society and I would never let them out of prison, but that's another topic.
Will any new laws prevent another sandy hook? I cannot think of any currently proposed that would. He stole the guns he used, he carried plenty of clips, capacity doesn't matter, who was going to stop him from reloading? Not the kids, shoot the adults first.
Fortunately these are very rare events.
I do believe schools can and should be made safer with more security enhancements including on site law enforcement officers.