Feb 26, 2018

Meet Florida's influential NRA lobbyist

Rifles on display

A Florida gun and pawn shop. Photo: Michele Eve Sandberg / Corbis via Getty Images

"The N.R.A. Lobbyist Behind Florida’s Pro-Gun Policies: Marion Hammer’s unique influence over legislators has produced laws that dramatically alter long-held American norms," writes Mike Spies in The New Yorker.

The details: "Hammer is the National Rifle Association’s Florida lobbyist. At seventy-eight years old, she is nearing four decades as the most influential gun lobbyist in the United States. Her policies have elevated Florida’s gun owners to a uniquely privileged status, and made the public carrying of firearms a fact of daily life in the state ... She carries a handgun in her purse."

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