Gun control will always be a hot button issue for voters. The recent spate of mass shootings has again turned attention towards new gun legislation. Republicans have largely fought against new gun control laws with President Trump calling for additional mental health services.
The NRA has been lobbying hard against any new kinds of gun restrictions. The organization sent influential lobbyist, Marion Hammer to a meet with a group of Florida economists. Hammer argued against gun control to the group, claiming that if weapons are banned, 10 year old’s won’t be able to receive them as birthday gifts.
According to Newsweek, Hammer asked the group, “How do you tell a 10-year-old little girl who got a Ruger 10/22 with a pink stock for her birthday that her rifle is an assault weapon and she has to turn it over to government or be arrested for felony possession?”
Hammer is one of the NRA’s most successful lobbyists and typically operates out of Florida. While the organization has been losing some of its political powers, Florida gun owners enjoy expansive rights.
The New Yorker once wrote of the lobbyist, “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.”
Hammer was able to convince Florida to push through legislation in 2011 that, “punishes local officials who attempt to establish gun regulations stricter than those imposed at the state level. Officials can be fined thousands of dollars and removed from office.”