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Marion Hammer, the NRA's Most Powerful Weapon

For 34 years, Marion Hammer has fought limits on gun laws
Hammer in 1995
Hammer in 1995Photograph by KRT/Newscom

Marion Hammer keeps a replica Charleville musket mounted above the desk in her Tallahassee (Fla.) office. Hanging nearby: a bullet-riddled target, the “First Ever Award for Ass Kicking” given her by a police group, and her concealed weapon permit, License No. 0000001. Hammer is no ordinary gun lover: As the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist in Florida, she’s the driving force behind some of the country’s most permissive firearm laws.

Hammer and Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2011
Photograph courtesy Office of the Governor