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New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. New York City

VSSA - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:44
As was mentioned in last Friday's eBullet, VSSA joined an amicus brief in the above reference case challenging New York City's ban on taking a licensed handgun out of the licensee’s home; the only exception to that ban is that the handgun may be taken to a gun range within the City. The U.S. Supreme Court decided earlier this year to hear an appeal to the 2nd Circuit's finding in favor of New York City. You can find a copy of the brief by clicking here.

Virginia Gazette: After Feds Ban Bump Stocks, None Turned In to Local Police

VSSA - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 12:13
It could be that not many Virginian's owned bump stocks, or it could be anyone who owned one destroyed the accessory, but according to a report in the Virginia Gazette, none have been turned into local police in Williamsburg, James City County and York County.  Additionally, the ATF is not keeping track of the number that is being turned in nationally.
On the national level, the ATF has decided not to track the number of bump stocks turned into its offices for disposal, according to Washington Field Division spokesman Michael Boyer.

“We are not providing any numbers, and as far as I know we're not compiling any numbers,” Boyer said of the returned bump stocks. “We don't have any numbers or any of that information to give.”

Boyer cited the multiple disposal methods — turning the devices into local and national authorities as well as owners destroying the devices themselves — as the reason the ATF has decided not to track the turn-ins.

Democratic Congresswoman Elaine Luria, 2nd Congressional District, condemned that decision and said the administration should track bump stock returns.

“It’s a shame the administration does not appear to be following through in a thorough way with its sensible ban on bump stocks,” Luria said in a statement. “The federal government ought to be able to track the success of its policy.”It's entirely possible however that some in Virginia have decided "I will not comply" with the new bump stock policy.

Cory Booker Becomes Second Democrat That Wants to Use Executive Action for Gun Restrictions

VSSA - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:26
The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary is becoming known as the "Disarmament Primary."  Kamala Harris has already said she will give congress 100 days after she takes office to pass restrictions on gun owners or she will do it by "Executive Action".  Cory Booker has joined her and has a list of things he wants to do with Executive Action:
Sen. Cory Booker, the New Jersey senator who’s running for president, is proposing a slate of sweeping executive actions and policy changes to implement gun control measures that have long hit roadblocks in Congress.

Booker’s plan centers around implementing a federal licensing program for gun ownership, requiring gun owners to submit fingerprints and pass a gun safety course to legally possess a firearm

The plan would also mandate universal background checks on all gun sales, closing the “Charleston loophole” which allows people buying guns from private sellers to bypass background checks in 1 of 5 gun sales across the country, and another loophole that allows people convicted of domestic violence or who are under a restraining order to purchase a gun if they are not married to their partner.

“My plan to address gun violence is simple, we will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” Booker said.Booker likely could not do most of what he wants to do by "Executive Action" otherwise former President Obama would have done it.  He also should know that nothing he is proposing would stop a criminal from getting a gun.

But that doesn't matter to the Democrats running for President.

UPDATE:  Cam Edwards of NRATV asks a great question about Booker's proposal:

Will he attempt to jail Americans who refuse to get a federal license to own a firearm?

Keep in mind, there are around 90-million legal gun owners. Right now the federal prison population is a little more than 200,000, of which about 30,000 are in for weapons offenses. https://t.co/FJ2PaVLZS9— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) May 6, 2019

Mainstream Media, the Culture War, and the NRA

VSSA - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:28
There are a couple of good articles on National Review Online about the NRA.  First is this one by Jim Geraghty on how the media associating the NRA's reported troubles with a greater taste among the public for gun control.  Geraghty starts off by sharing a quote from a CNN story by Jil Filipovic where, referring to the NY AG's investigation of the NRA, she says that losing the non-profit tax breaks would be bad but they should be more worried about the public's "distaste for people being murdered in houses of worship, concerts, movie theaters and kindergarten classrooms."  Geraghty notes that this "is what happens when you send a gun-control advocate to analyze a story about financial improprieties."  He points out that if the New York AG found sufficient cause and evidence that the NRA was violating rules and regulations governing nonprofits, she could attempt to dissolve the organization. That would not be easy as a court battle would ensue, and "galvanize" members to come to the organization's defense by pouring in donations and renewed memberships.  The more likely scenario is that Democrats want to tie up the attention of the NRA and reduce their effectiveness in the 2020 election.  Read Geraghty's entire article.

The second one is by Jonah Goldberg and posits the question "Will the Culture War Kill the NRA?"  He runs through what has occurred over the last two or three decades related to how special interest groups have pretty much taken over the responsibilities of branding political parties.  He also notes that gun rights used to be a bipartisan issue but is now pretty much the purview of the GOP while Democrats are for gun restrictions. With political parties no longer managing their own brands, this has caused a blurring of the things for which the NRA stands.
NRA folks today inveigh against “the socialists” with the same vehemence they used to reserve for gun-grabbers. UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, observes that NRATV, the online media outlet of the NRA, has strayed far from the gun lane. “Now it’s focused on immigration, race, health care,” he told The New Republic. Dana Loesch, an NRA spokeswoman, has called the mainstream news media “the rat bastards of the earth” who deserve to be “curb-stomped.”Read Goldberg's full article.

Project ChildSafe Launches "Many Paths to Firearms Safety" Videos

VSSA - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:51
The National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe has launched three safe storage educational videos titled "Many Paths to Firearms Safety."
We are excited to share the new “Many Paths to Firearm Safety” video series! The videos highlight the importance of safe storage no matter your lifestyle: https://t.co/8UWdVtr7qp pic.twitter.com/5DyrVJyb43— Project ChildSafe (@ProjChildSafe) April 16, 2019
The videos are portrayals of three different gun owners and their stories of ownership, along with the steps they took to make sure they would handle and store that firearm safely when not in use. The series reflects that more Americans – especially women – are buying guns for many different reasons, ranging from personal protection to target and sports shooting.  The central message is that while there are many different reasons why someone would choose to buy a gun, the common thread among them must be a commitment to store firearms responsibly when not in use so they can't be picked up by a child, stolen or accessed by someone who may want to harm themselves.
Funded by a 2015 award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, NSSF has been doing an enhanced version of their firearm lock distribution program in three cities - Oklahoma City, Memphis, and Cleveland, that also includes two public service announcements and the video vignettes.

"Shaky" Dave Smith on his Gun Therapy to Fight Parkinson's Tremors

VSSA - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:25
This is a really heart-warming story and shows just how the shooting sports can be therapeutic.  He call's himself "Shaky Dave" and he is a competitive shooter.  He has Parkinson's and it is simply amazing what competitive shooting has done to help him in his battle against this deadly disease.  Last night he was on Dana Loesch's NRATV Relentless program to talk about his "Gun Therapy".  He told Dana that when he started he was in a scooter but as you will see in the below interview, he now competes standing up and you see almost no signs of his Parkinson's once a firearm is in his hand.

GATDaily.com reports that he has earned a spot in the earned a spot at the 2019 World Rifle Shoot in Sweden.
Watching Smith approach a firing line, the symptoms are obvious, but once a gun is in his hands, the tremors stop, all is still. It’s part of what he calls “gun therapy,” a term he coined to describe the positive impact shooting sports has had on his life.Watch the clip from Dana's show below.  It's a great interview!

VSSA Member and NRA Board Member Willes K Lee Thanks VSSA

VSSA - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:49
The NRA year conducts an election to select the Board of Directors. One of this year's candidates was current NRA Board Member and VSSA Member Willes Lee and he was re-elected. Today, he had this message for VSSA members:
Thank you to VSSA for your support and votes. We could not win without you.
Respectfully, WillesCongratulations Willes and thanks for all you do to fight for our firearm freedom.

21st Annual VSSA's Crush'n Clays Set for June 8, 2019

VSSA - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:34
It's hard to believe that Crush'n Clays® is entering our 21st year! Crush'n Clays® is an amazing success story. It is the longest running shooting charity event in the country. This tremendous achievement would not have been possible without the tireless support of our sponsors, volunteers and participants. Over the last nineteen years, we've raised more than $350,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We look to continue this successful achievement with the 21st Annual Crush'n Clays®.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in Fairfax County, Virginia. There will be a special reception, Friday evening June 7th, at the IWLA Clubhouse, to recognize and thank our generous sponsors.

We look forward to you joining us in the 21st Annual Crush'n Clays®. On behalf of the kids of St. Jude's, thank you.

To pay by check, click here to download an entry form and mail to VSSA. To become a Sponsor and pay by check, click here to download a form to mail to VSSA.

Crush'n Clays® is not only the the longest running shooting charity that supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but also the longest consecutive running charity shooting event in the country!

Entries may now be made online. Just scroll to the bottom of the page. Credit Cards are accepted. Hurry, this event has sold out in the past.

Entry Fee Includes: Main event ammunition, loaner shotguns, targets, clinic, lunch, and awards
All Sponsors Receive: Sponsor Reception Friday evening, Logo on banner displayed in a prominent location, presentation of an appreciation plaque, and mention in all event media releases

June 8, 2019
Arlington-Fairfax IWLA
Check-in begins at 8:00am
Event T-shirts to first 100 entrants
For more information: (540) 672-5848
Trapshooting Team Format

Individual Awards
Lewis Class
50 Target Event/Person
25 - 16 yard targets
25 handicap targets
Annie Oakley Side Event (ammunition for side event available for purchase at range)

Special VSSA Membership Offer

VSSA - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 09:38
Gun owners are under attack.  The most radical anti-gun agenda in U.S. history has started moving through Congress and in states across the country.  They will look to continue the assault right here in Virginia with all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the Virginia Senate up for grabs this November. But you can help stop it by joining VSSA.

Join or renew for three years between April 1 - and June 30th and receive this limited edition VSSA Knife. We aren't leaving out our life members either! Simply donate $60 or more to the VSSA Warchest  between April 1 and June 30th and you can receive the knife too!

We saw their agenda during the just completed 2019 General Assembly - a ban on private gun sales, and a sweeping ban on semi-automatic firearms, including hundreds of the most commonly owned rifles, shotguns and pistols in America. We need every Virginia gun owner to be a member of VSSA so that your voice is added to those that have already answered the call to fight for our rights.

VSSA has been successful in beating back the attacks so far because our legislative team has been at the General Assembly every day but now more than ever, with both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate holding a slim one vote pro-gun majority in each house, we need you. Join today and not only are you saving $15 over the course of your membership, but getting a great knife too!

Simply click here to join VSSA today or login to your member account on the website and renew. If you are a Life Member and would like to receive a knife, simply click here to donate $60 or more today.

Random Thoughts on Current Events

VSSA - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:37
VSSA's sister organization, the Illinois State Rifle Association, sends a Thursday Bulletin to their membership.  In it, Richard Pearson, the ISRA Executive Director, shares news and thoughts of interest to their membership.  This week's Thursday Bulletin made a couple of great points on current events that could affect gun owners so they are shared below.
The shooting in New Zealand was designed to push gun control and, of course, the choir of canaries in the liberal media started chirping right on queue. Predictably, the media blamed President Trump for the whole thing. I imagine if two asteroids collide in a galaxy 20,000 light years away it would be the President’s fault, according to CNN, MSNBC, ABC and CBS. This illogical blame game will only heat up as we get closer to the 2020 elections.

The left-wing talking heads have brought forth a couple of ideas to tamper with our proven institutions. Their first is to tamper with the United States Supreme Court by “packing” the Court. To do this, the number of Justices would be increased, presumably, with left-wing ideologues to overwhelm the conservatives on the Court. This has been tried before by FDR.

Their second idea is to have term limits on the Justices or to have reappointment hearings every so many years. If any of those ideas were passed, every year we would have a fiasco like the Kavanaugh hearings. Any of these ideas would turn the Supreme Court into a constant ineffective circus, which is what the left wants.

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is railing against the Electoral College. The Electoral College was designed as one last step should the electorate elect some clown or traitor to the Presidency. You can tell who should not be elected by the candidates who hate the Electoral College. The Electoral College has worked just fine and should be left alone.

The United States Supreme Court and the Electoral College were both designed to prevent mob rule and prevent tyranny. Most people equate tyranny with dictatorship but that is not necessarily so. Any form of government can become tyrannical including democracies.Regarding the Electoral College, remember that the United States is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. And without the Electoral College, we would no longer be a Republic.  What Warren and other Democratic Presidential Candidates want is a direct democracy where 50% plus 1 rules.  That means states like California, New York, Illinois and a few others, all with large cities and large populations, would decide what the rest of the country does.  That is exactly what the founders tried to prevent.  The Presidential election is not one election, but 51 distinct elections - in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.  You are not actually voting for the candidate but for electors for those candidates.  Those electors then cast their ballots on the appointed date after the election based on what the vote totals were in their state.  It's why the election matters in all fifty states.  Without the Electoral College, the most populous states would decide the election. Much is made about the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016 but the fact is, those numbers were largely driven by running up the numbers in states like California and New York.  While she had a higher number of "popular" votes, Donald Trump won more states, which is exactly how the system was created to work.

ISRA also included a list of the 16 states that currently have "constitutional" carry.   For those interested, those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Team Blue Eagles Youth Trap Shooting Program Now Accepting Applications

VSSA - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:38
Team Blue Eagles is now accepting applications for the 2019 Season.   The season will include range practice, classroom sessions and competition shoots. In the event of inclement weather that prevents use of the range, the team will have classroom sessions. The Program covers:
  • Basic Gun Safety On and Off The Field
  • TAASAR & Blue Eagles Philosophy
  • Range Rules
  • Trapshooting Equipment & Operation
  • Basic and Mid-level Marksmanship Skills
  • Tournaments and Competition
Blue Eagles began shooting registered American Trap Association (ATA) competitions in 2015 and became a registered Academics, Integrity, Marksmanship (AIM) Team in 2016. ATA is the governing body for American Trap, providing rules and regulations for classification and local, state and national registered competition, and AIM, is the youth program of the ATA. AIM extends classification and competition rules into the youth format and provides leagues, competitions and scholarships reserved only for youth shooters at the local and national levels.

The Season runs from April 2nd to June 2nd and is for youth ages 12-17 (boys and girls). 2019 Fees ($25 AIM Registration and $35 Team Registration) are due April 6.  For more information click the web site link above.

WSJ: Connecticut Court Rules Manufacturer of AR-15 Used at Sandy Hook Can Be Sued on Marketing of Gun.

VSSA - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:19
The Wall Street Journal just reported that the suit brought by families of victims of the Sandy Hook School Shooting can proceed on how the gun was marketed. The case will now return to the trial court to move forward on those claims. The court did toss several other victim claims, finding they were barred by federal law. More to come as news becomes available.

We Now Know What "Good First Step" Means

VSSA - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:08
When the Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed through HR8, the bill to criminalizing private transfer of firearms without background checks, we heard from those pushing the bill that it would not stop every "tragedy" but it was a "good first step".  We now have a look at what the next step should be - background checks on all ammo purchases, complete with the hashtag #closetheammoloophole.  CBS 4 in Miami has the story.

It's Not Just Overt Gun Ban Legislation We Have to Watch

VSSA - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:41
The New York Times reports that gun rights is a sticking point in the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Republicans also raised objections to provisions in the act that would bar people convicted of a violent misdemeanor or subject to a court order from owning firearms, and tried to undo a provision that gave tribal courts the ability to prosecute non-Native Americans who attack Native American women on tribal land. They also sought to add a provision that would ban organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding under the act. None of the amendments passed.The gun ban crowd is going to use any vehicle necessary to push their agenda. The Violence Against Women Act is typically a very bipartisan piece of legislation.  Based on the Times report, the Democratic Majority is using it as a vehicle to push their social justice agenda that might not pass otherwise in the Republican controlled Senate.

The Hill: Dick's Sporting Goods Pulling Guns From 125 Stors

VSSA - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:53
You can find the story here.  According to The Hill, company CEO Ed Stack said during an earnings call that Dick’s tested a new "gun-free model" in 10 stores over the last several months and will expand it to markets where the hunting category is not performing well. Stack said those stores that tested the gun-free model saw positive sales in the most recent quarter.

Same-store-sales declined overall in the just completed fiscal year, but The Hill noted the company's stock has increased 10 percent since making the changes related to gun sales last year.

WSJ: Rural Sheriffs Defy New Gun Measures

VSSA - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:21
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had this article about a growing movement among sheriffs in states that are enacting a growing number of gun control laws like so-called "universal" background checks.  Sheriffs say they will not enforce such laws:
In swaths of rural America, county sheriffs, prosecutors and other local officials are mounting resistance to gun-control measures moving through legislatures in Democratic-led states.

The “Second Amendment sanctuary” movement has taken hold in more than 100 counties in several states, including New Mexico and Illinois, where local law-enforcement and county leaders are saying they won’t enforce new legislation that infringes on the constitutional right to bear arms.

For instance, in New Mexico, 30 of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter pledging to not help enforce several gun-control measures supported by Democrats in Santa Fe, according to the state’s sheriff association. The sheriffs, who are elected, say they are heeding the wishes of voters in the counties they serve. More than two dozen counties in the state have enacted “sanctuary” resolutions backing the sheriffs and affirming that no tax dollars in their jurisdictions should go to enforcing the proposed laws.The Journal notes that a number of these sheriffs view this as a "conservative version" of sanctuary cities that protect immigrants who are in the country illegally.  The article also showed a graphic that points out the urban/rural divide on several issues including gun rights.
Source: Pew Research Center web survey of 3,930 U.S. adults conducted March 13-27 and April 4-18, 2017; margin of error 2.8 percentage pointsIt's not just sheriff's that are questioning the new laws. “We’re all part of the same state, but almost all the crime we’re seeing and the weapons we’re seeing are coming out of the city,” said Brandon Zanotti, the Democratic state’s attorney of Williamson County in Illinois located 300 miles south of Chicago.

Mr. Zanotti objects to proposed restrictions on semiautomatic weapons in Illinois because, he says, they would burden law enforcement and turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.

Sheriffs and prosecutors have discretion to decide whether to arrest or charge someone for committing a crime, but that flexibility is case-by-case, says Norman Williams, a Willamette University law professor. He drew a distinction between prosecutorial discretion and a categorical refusal to enforce a law. The latter undermines the rule of law, he said.Sheriff's and prosecutors are elected and those in rural areas tend to share the views of those who elected them. 

A Visit to Middlesex Shooting Sports Club

VSSA - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 16:42
On Monday I had the opportunity to speak at the monthly meeting of the Middlesex Shooting Sports Club (MSSC).  What a great group of folks.  Late last year I received an email from the club President, Barbara Wallace, asking if I was available to speak at one of the clubs monthly dinner meetings.  I don't get to do this as often as I would like but my schedule for March worked out and I replied that I would be happy to speak at the club.
Photo Courtesy of MSSCThe club is located in Middlesex County on 62-acres and has 32 covered firing points for rifle and pistol shooting.  It also has two regulation skeet fields, regulation trap, doubles trap, wobble trap and sporting clays 5-stand. There is a 3600-square-foot clubhouse which is used for social and educational events.  The club is nestled in the midst of natural woodlands which is maintained by the club for wildlife habitat.  
I've always said whether it's an NRA Annual Meeting or some other venue, some of the nicest people you meet are folks that participate in the shooting sports, and members of MSSC are no exception.  I had the opportunity to sit at a table with a couple that live in western Henrico, Diane and Ed, and Diane is a retired Chesterfield County Schools employee so we had a lot to talk about, as I live in Chesterfield.  The meeting room was full to capacity, and not just because they were going to enjoy a great dinner of ribs, chicken, seasoned potatoes, coleslaw, and various desserts.  This club is made up of men and women who love to shoot.  They had just held a new member orientation on Sunday and they had 28 people in attendance.  The club is very active in putting on Women on Target clinics and they have an active youth marksmanship program.  All you have to do look at the photo above and you will see this is a club that is doing things right.  
In my remarks I talked about the future of the shooting sports, how women are the fastest growing segment of the firearms community, and I laid out the political landscape that we face in the General Assembly and the upcoming elections.  Club member Macey White reinforced some of the points I made on the political topics during the Q & A portion of my remarks.  Besides being a member of the club, Macey is also a VSSA Life Member.  
I can't say enough good things about this club and the members.  I'm happy that I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with them.

Volunteers Needed for NRA-ILA Table at March Richmond Gun Show.

VSSA - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:16
Alan Penn, the NRA-ILA Frontlines Activist Leader in the Richmond area will have a table at the gun show being held in Richmond on March 30 and 31.  Alan will be signing up gun owners to volunteer in this year's state legislative races.  This year's election will decide if Virginia remains a play where our firearm freedoms are respected or if we will flip basically overnight into California or New Jersey.  If you will have some spare time that weekend and would like to help Alan, please contact him by email at projectexile2017@gmail.com.

Scholastic Action Shooting Program All-State Shooting Team Announced

VSSA - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 19:14
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) has named its All-State Team consisting of the four top high school and middle school athletes in the Commonwealth. SASP was created by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation in 2013 and consists of youth ages 10 – college competing in pistol and rifle. Athletes shoot at five steel targets that are arrayed in four different stages while timed. The program currently boasts approximately 1,200 participants across 42 states.

SASP began in Virginia in 2015 when the LoCo Motion Foundation established Team LoCo Motion in Purcellville. In 2016, the Winchester Izaak Walton League established the WIWL Blue Ridge Bullets. Both teams received significant support from Friends of the NRA/NRA Foundation. Three new teams were established in 2018 - two sponsored by the Young Marines and one by the US Naval Sea Cadets. Liberty University established a collegiate SASP team this year.

Athletes were selected for the Virginia SASP All-State Team based on their academic qualifications and achievement at the state and/or national championships this past year. The All-State Team consists of a high school and middle school squad, each with the four fastest athletes in the Commonwealth. All-State athletes for 2018 include:

High School Squad
- Adam Jardines of Purcellville
- Jack Bright of Leesburg
- Andrew Sullivan of Stephens City
- Corinne Whisenant of Middletown

Middle School Squad
- Ethan Jardines of Purcellville
- Talon Morris of White Post
- Maccoy Gilkison of Boyce
- Lauren Creese of Purcellville

SASP State Advisor Eliot Jardines stated, “The SASP program in Virginia has grown tremendously in the past three years, and we are very excited to have so many new teams and competitors. Every member of the 2018 Virginia SASP All-State Team is a nationally ranked athlete who brings great credit upon the sport and the Commonwealth.”

SASP is looking to continue its expansion and interested parties are encouraged to contact the State Advisor at admin@locomotionfoundation.org to learn more about establishing a team, available funding and scholarship opportunities.

Houston Police Chief Urges Congress to Pass Gun Control

VSSA - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:36
Yesterday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was on Capitol Hill urging Congress to do something about "gun violence" which means, pass gun control.  The Washington Post has the story here.  Besides being the leader of the Houston Police Department, he is also the current president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.  Major Cities Chiefs has been a long advocate of gun control and in his remarks, Acevedo called for reinstatement of the so-called "assault weapons" ban, and passage of "universal" background checks.

The last time these proposals had any serious consideration in Congress, was in 2013 after the Sandy Hook school shooting.  That was during the Obama Administration.  Obama's own National Institute of Justice, the research bureau of USDOJ, had this to say about these proposals:
A perfect universal background check system can address the gun shows and might deter many unregulated private sellers. However, this does not address the largest sources (straw purchasers and theft), which would most likely become larger if background checks at gun shows and private sellers were addressed. The secondary market is the primary source of crime guns.The above linked document goes on to show how useless most of the gun control proposals floating around Congress are in reducing crime. But that is not really the goal of these proposals, it is to make it harder and harder for law abiding citizens to purchase and own firearms.  Yesterday, Dave Kopel had a great analysis of a bill currently being considered in the House, HR8 that would impose a so-called "universal" background check.  Kopel goes though the legislation section by section and notes this in his summary of the legislaion:
HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and sales of firearms be processed by a gun store. The same fees, paperwork, and permanent record-keeping apply as to buying a new gun from the store. If you loan a gun to a friend without going to the gun store, the penalty is the same as for knowingly selling a gun to a convicted violent felon. Likewise, when the friend returns the gun, another trip to the gun store is necessary, upon pain of felony.

A clever trick in HR8 effectively bans handguns for persons 18-to20.

The bill has some narrow exemptions. The exemptions do not cover stalking victims. Also excluded are farming and ranching, sharing guns on almost all public and private lands, NS storing guns with friends while on vacation. The limited exemption for family excludes first cousins and in-laws. The minuscule exemption for self-defense excludes stalking victims.

The bill authorizes unlimited fees to be imposed by regulation.Read Kopel's entire analysis to get the details. Then contact your congressman and urge them to oppose HR8.