Boren, who represents much of eastern Oklahoma south of Muskogee, is actually the second Oklahoma congressman in recent years to sit on the NRA board. Former Rep. Bill Brewster, a Democrat who hailed from Marietta, also served on the board while he was in office.
Brewster was in Congress at a time when guns were a big issue. The Brady bill and a ban on some semiautomatic weapons were passed in the early years of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Moreover, after the Oklahoma City bombing, the NRA came under some criticism for its harsh language about federal agents who carry out the nation’s gun laws.
After Republicans took over Congress in 1995, gun control legislation essentially went away. And since taking over Congress last year, Democratic leaders haven’t shown any interest in revisiting those fights _ probably because they have members like Boren and others who are from conservative districts and would fight against them.
Boren said in a statement this week:
“I harvested my first buck at age 9, and have taken one every season since. I can still remember having to calm my buck fever that morning on my first hunt many years ago.
“I grew up watching the NRA defend our Second Amendment rights, just like I grew up learning gun safety and marksmanship.
“I look forward to working closely with NRA Leadership, my fellow board members, and the millions of NRA members across the nation to promote our right to keep and bear arms.”