A mission to protect and serve
Mark’s love of firearms, shooting and the outdoors began as a child growing up in Oklahoma. Over the years as his skill developed, so did his passion for firearms and the rich history and freedom they represent. The progression began with shooting and later evolved into action. His work and story impacted not only his local community but the nation and world.
Mark’s 30-year career in the food industry began with his ownership and operation of Vaughan Foods based in Moore, Oklahoma. Under his leadership, the firm grew to a multi-million dollar operation with customers in 40 states and in Canada, employed over 500, and was publicly traded. Mark sold the business and remained COO for the next 5 years. In 2015 Mark was appointed by the Oklahoma State Legislature to an advisory position for the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, based at Oklahoma State University. Currently Mark works in the produce, food, and logistics industries.
Building Community around Shooting Sports
For 25 years, Mark has been actively involved in the Oklahoma City gun club with a membership of over 2,000. Serving at various times as president, vice president and trustee, he oversaw the expansion resulting in various groups developing such as Women on Target, and Cowboy action shooting competitions. He also contributed to the growth of community and awareness of the shooting sport in Oklahoma.
NRA Firearms Instructor, Hunter Education Instructor
One of Mark’s greatest desires is to pass on the skill and love of shooting to others. For the past 20 years, he has been a firearms instructor with law enforcement, Women on Target, Boy Scouts of America, and as a NRA instructor. He believes that our second amendment rights carries with them the responsibility of proficiency with firearms.
Serving the Community through Law Enforcement
In 2010, Mark became a reserve deputy Sheriff for Oklahoma County and currently serves on the tactical team, and is involved in firearms instruction.
2014 NRA Officer of the Year
Because of his extensive training and experience as a law enforcement officer, when an extreme situation came up at work, Mark was able to respond and stop the violent attack at a food facility in Oklahoma. Because of his heroism, he received multiple awards of valor and was made NRA’s 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Actively sitting on the NRA’s Law Enforcement Assistance and Education and Training committees, Mark is passionate about defending our second amendment rights.
The next step in Mark’s lifelong passion and support of firearms and his community is the honor of being selected for the 2019 NRA board by the nomination committee.
Mark Vaughan, a lifelong hunter, competitor, collector and outdoorsman has been submitted by the NRA nominating committee. Mark sits on both NRA’s Law Enforcement Assistance and Education and Training committees. Serving at the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office since 2010, he was awarded NRA’s 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and other awards of valor for his actions in stopping an extremist attack at a food facility in Oklahoma. Mark is passionate about firearms training and advances the shooting community by instructing for the NRA, along with law enforcement, hunter education and BSA. He has served as president and 25-year trustee of the 2,000 member Oklahoma City Gun Club, overseeing its expansion, supporting Women on Target and youth shooting programs. As an experienced businessman, Mark grew Vaughan Foods to a publicly-traded enterprise, sold the business in 2012, and remains active in the agriculture, food, and logistics industries.