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Ring of Freedom Heritage Society member Steven Shropshire describes himself
as a "God-fearing, gun-toting, conservative" individual. "I like
affirmationsthey build persistence," he shared. "I try to find purpose and
meaning in everything I do."
For Shropshire, his purpose and meaning apply to every aspect of his life:
his family, his law career, the community where he and his wife live, his
passions and pursuits and his philanthropy.
Shropshire spent the majority of his early life in Lubbock, TX, the oldest
boy in a large, blended family. "Lubbock is not the prettiest area with its
high plains, dusty desert, tornados and snakes, but the people are
"I had a really great childhood. Seems like every weekend, my father would
load us kids in a motor home and take us somewhere in Texas, Colorado or
New Mexico. We would camp, play, fish and hunt most of the year and ski in
the winter," he recalled.
Shropshire's love of gunsand his appreciations for his right to keep and
bear armswas nurtured early on. As a child, Shropshire can remember
proudly showing off his NRA card sitting in a deer blind, waiting for his
turn to shoot. Shropshire and his wife, Sonya, became life members at the
NRA Annual Member Meeting in 2002.
Living near Bellingham, WA, Shropshire practices law while being outdoors
as much as possible. "We have the largest blacktail deer in our neck of the
woods, and I really enjoy the challenge of bowhunting them on our own
property," said Shropshire. Prior to COVID, he spent 31 consecutive August
months salmon fishing in Canada and is eager to return when the border
opens again. Typically, he takes time off 4-5 months of the year to hunt
and fish, and he works on his property almost every afternoon, maintaining
his sporting clays course or "building, planting, chopping down, burning or
Shropshire's passion for the land and hunting compelled him to become
involved in land use regulation in his community 15 years ago. "We fought
and won the right to always shoot firearms on 10 or more acres of property,
and to shoot bows on at least five."
He was also actively involved in providing firearm lockboxes in his
county's courthouse and City Hall for those, like he and his wife, who
carry. "The NRA was helpful in providing the model law on the shooting
regulations. Thankfully, Washington State has pretty strong Constitutional
and statutory protections for firearms that limit gun-free zones."
In recent years, the Shropshires have expanded their support to include
generous gifts to the NRA Foundation in their wills. "I am fortunate in my
law practice to have clients who are friends first and foremost. Though my
area of expertise is real estate transactional law, I have helped some of
them with their wills and estate plans," he said. "Many of my clients have
included the NRA as a beneficiary and that inspired us to do the same."
Another focus of Shropshire's philanthropy is through a scholarship fund
for veterans he created at a local community college, which provides these
brave men and women with much-needed assistance in areas the GI Bill and
other programs don't cover. "This year we were able to help purchase
computers to facilitate distance learning due to COVID issues. My father
and a few of my brothers are veterans, including one still serving. I'm
proud to be able to help those who honorably served our country."
"My giving is influenced by my patriotism, my love of gunsI own quite a
fewand my Christian beliefs," Shropshire said. "The NRA has always done
essential work in protecting our rights and liberties at the ballot box,
which by extension includes us personally. I hope this continues."
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