January 19, 2022
NSSF PROFILE Q & A: U.S. Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)
Editor’s 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 Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) for agreeing to talk with us.
1) Who introduced you to hunting and the shooting sports?
My parents and extended family introduced me to hunting while growing up in northern Minnesota, a sportsman’s paradise. I’ve also passed along this hunting tradition to my wife and children.
2) What was your most recent shooting sports/hunting experience?
This past October, my wife and I went grouse hunting. Every year, I head up to our deer shack during Minnesota’s legendary whitetail hunting season. Hunting ruffed grouse and whitetail deer are key to our way of life in northern Minnesota.
3) Describe your favorite shooting sports or hunting activity.
Every month, I take target practice with handguns. It reminds me of my days as a police officer in Duluth, Minn.
4) Which piece of pending legislation related to the firearm industry is particularly important to you and why?
As a former law enforcement officer, and a victim of two violent gun crimes, I am committed to protecting the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right of individual law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
I know that a good guy with a gun could have stopped the criminals who were trying to kill me, which is why I am such a strong supporter of legislation like the LEOSA Reform Act. This legislation, which was one of the first bills I helped introduce when I got to Congress, makes it easier for retired law enforcement officers to conceal and carry. This legislation will allow our law enforcement officers to do what they do best, protect our citizens whether they are on duty or off-duty.
5) What do you see as the challenges and opportunities for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts?
Some of the challenges I see are ensuring access to our lands for shooting sports and hunting, antigun legislation being pushed by my colleagues across the aisle and managing wildlife numbers on our lands.