October 20, 2021
NSSF Note: We are pleased to post the latest of our occasional Q&A features with an elected official who supports hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF thanks U.S. Representative Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) for agreeing to talk with us.
1) Who introduced you to hunting and the shooting sports?
My husband. I have grown up around firearms (my grandfather was a sheriff), but I never really engaged in shooting sports until my husband suggested it.
2) What was your most recent shooting sports/hunting experience?
I recently visited a ranch in Texas where we had a great day of clay shooting and a European pheasant hunt.
3) Describe your favorite shooting sports or hunting activity.
I really enjoy clay shooting! Hunting game is okay, but it’s time consuming – something I don’t have a lot of these days. Clay shooting is fun because it’s somewhat time limited.
4) Which piece of pending legislation related to the firearm industry is particularly important to you and why?
Many of my colleagues have submitted legislation that will restrict the ability for Oklahomans to own certain types of firearms. I believe this sets a dangerous precedent and with my district being very pro-Second Amendment, I will push back on legislation that will hinder Oklahomans’ rights to bear arms. I have cosponsored several pieces of legislation that help protect our 2A rights, including the RIFLE ACT, which would remove the infringing tax on firearms governed under the National Firearms Act, including short-barreled rifles and silencers (suppressors). This legislation would also ensure that pistols with stabilizing braces would not be subject to the $200 transfer tax.
5) What do you see as the challenges and opportunities for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts?
This administration and Democrat-controlled Congress would like to limit the sale of certain types of firearms – and has made no secrets of their desire to do so. Ensuring the constitutional protections provided under the Second Amendment are adhered to will be a challenge for some time.