NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer should open her books, then hang up her holster | Editorial

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer should open her books, then hang up her holster | Editorial

Gun Rights

If, as reported, NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer failed to follow the laws governing lobbyists for five years, she must be held accountable. If Tallahassee allows one of its most powerful lobbyists to skate, why should anyone else follow the law? She is shown here with former Gov. Jeb Bush and former House Speaker Allan Bense. (MARK FOLEY/AP FFW) For three decades, Marion Hammer has been the face of the gun lobby at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. In her trademark red blazer, the first woman to lead the National Rifle Association is a study in contrasts. She’s a champion to Second Amendment advocates and the personification of pro-gun extremism to supporters of common-sense gun laws. The 80-year-old Hammer built her reputation by holding people accountable. When the NRA suffered political losses in the 2016 session, she named names of Republican lawmakers she said “betrayed” gun owners, which most lobbyists would never do. Then she activated the NRA’s mailing list to lobby the governor and block a House member from getting a judicial appointment. Now Tallahassee must hold Hammer accountable if, as has been reported, she failed to comply with the laws governing lobbyists — for five years . Two Democratic lawmakers have filed sworn complaints with the House, Senate and Commission on Ethics, accusing Hammer of not filing quarterly compensation reports for her NRA work from 2014 through 2018, in violation of state law. The complaints followed a report by the investigative news site Florida Bulldog , which cited […]

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