Death Threats Keep NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer from Attending Gun Law Hearing

Marion Hammer, former NRA president. (Photo: Tampa Bay Times)

The anti-gun lobby’s campaign to silence American gun owners is working.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported yesterday that long-time NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer decided to skip a Florida county gun law hearing after receiving death threats targeting her and her family.

Hammer’s move comes after the mainstream media published several high-profile hit pieces deriding the pro-gun advocate for her work in the Florida legislature.

“The death threats come with the job,” she said in a Sunday email to Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge.

“I’ve dealt with it for many, many years. But it is so ugly this time NRA is insisting that I listen to my security advisers. It always amazes me how these people who claim to want to stop violence are so quick to threaten violence. I have never been afraid of them but it really makes me angry when they threaten my family.”

The “New Yorker”, “The Trace”, the “Orlando Sentinel”,  and the “Tampa Bay Times” all published articles in recent weeks targeting Hammer and her pro-gun advocacy.

The New Yorker piece, written by The Trace’s Mike Spies, received the bulk of the attention. Spies paints Hammer as a kind of super-lobbyist who writes legislation, threatens legislators, and dictates gun policy for the entire state.

Though The Trace has scrubbed from its website any reference to Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, an Internet Archive search reveals that the independent news site received its seed funding from Bloomberg’s outfit. That’s all you need to know about the reliability of Spies’ account.

In any case, the article did its work.

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Hammer didn’t attend the Leon County hearing, which was scheduled to discuss an ordinance requiring background checks and a three-day waiting period for all private firearm sales on publicly accessible property.

“Despite the county attorney’s claim to the contrary, the proposed ordinance is legally and constitutionally flawed,” said Hammer’s surrogate, Alex Hoffman. “The ordinance does reach beyond the authority contained in the Florida Constitution and it is therefore a violation of the Florida firearms preemption law.”

The commissioners voted 6-1 to pass the new ordinance.

Despite the increased threat level, some were still surprised Hammer didn’t show.

“Marion Hammer is always packing a weapon,” Tallahassee lawyer Julie Gallagher told the Democrat. “Surprised this would happen or she would cave to it.”

“I pack a firearm,” Hammer responded. “Nothing is a weapon until it is used as a weapon. When your boss tells you not to do something, you listen.”

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at

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  • Hondo April 29, 2018, 6:34 pm

    So the party of tolerance is at it again, no surprise since most if not all demorats seem to be mentally unstable and should be locked up and evaluated and diagnosed and then committed.

  • John April 20, 2018, 3:18 pm

    Somebody who truly wants you dead isn’t going to tell you about it beforehand.

    “Death Threats” come from internet trolls and 12 year old basement skunks.

  • Colonialgirl April 20, 2018, 2:27 pm

    Here’s a PAIR of idiotic morons who in the same situation would probably WET their little pink panties:
    GRA & “learned the hard way”
    Thanks for your spew of total idiocy and ignorance.

  • Dave Brown April 20, 2018, 1:26 pm

    Well I am not agreeing with what I am sure will be labeled a lefty, nor will I agree with the right as I have a Free Mind. Might not be fair but The NRA has forgot about Education and Attraction which is what they used to get me into the sport of firearms at the age of 12, or 54 years ago. Today I don’t see The NRA that way, and the way they talk about anyone that is not in Lock Step with them, well what kind of response did they expect? Could it be they are Reaping What They Sowed?

  • Learned the hard way April 20, 2018, 11:46 am

    SOLD OUT. Death threat!!!!. Boy, I’m glad the Founding Fathers didn’t stay home because of a death threat

    • Richmond Shaw April 23, 2018, 5:39 pm

      How are they gonna kill her!!They don’t approve of guns!!!!

  • GRA April 20, 2018, 10:17 am

    She’s damn lame and needs to be replaced. Woe be the poor bastard that threatens me or my family especially if it’s a damn liberal.

  • Michael April 20, 2018, 9:59 am

    I have five adult-age children (4 daughters and 1 son). They were raised in a household in the country with firearms readily available. Those firearms were always considered just another tool, like a hammer or a chainsaw – a tool that could hurt you or someone else if you didn’t handle it properly. These children were taught the basic rules of safe firearms handling, how to shoot, basic marksmanship, and the importance of securing those same “tools” for safety and compliance with the law. My children have grown into adults who are not sheeple, who are not hoplophobiacs (thank you Colonel Cooper for that word), and who practice American conservatism. All university graduates, honorably employed, and without an arrest or other taint on their record, these young people read, comprehend and vote in every election. They understand the Constitution or genuinely aghast at the left wing, socialists component of our great Country. Semper Fidelis!

  • joefoam April 20, 2018, 9:28 am

    Another example of the liberal left trying to stifle the use of the 1st amendment to protect the 2nd. Comply with their belief system or die.

  • Doug White April 20, 2018, 9:02 am


  • George April 20, 2018, 8:15 am

    One of the worst things about the most recent attack by the left is how they are pushing children into the spotlight, convincing them that they can dictate how adults should behave and what they can and can’t do. In typical liberal fashion they promote violence in their anti – freedom rhetoric, it seems they’ve got a foot in the door and their going to push that door open at all costs. Allowing things like school walk-outs just adds fuel to the fire. Time to stop this nonsense.

  • Kelly Lee April 20, 2018, 7:58 am

    Hmm… sounds like the NRA is giving “stand down” orders to me. They aren’t even trying to fight when they’re the ones who said the BATFE should take another look at the legality of bumpstocks adding fuel to the liberal fire. The libs smell blood in the water and they are going in to a real frenzy. Thanks NRA.

  • Altoids April 20, 2018, 7:50 am

    People can’t be too bright threatening someone like Marion Hammer.

  • Kevin Cote April 20, 2018, 4:18 am

    Kill them first. Hunt them all down , everyone of them and protect your life and that of your family. When people take action against these nazi monsters and nuetralize this threat it will stop . How insane ,rabid and dangerous are these psychopaths who threaten to kill us who are responsible enough , love our families ,friends and strangers enough to take the responsibility and duty to be the peacemaker and the peacekeeper…not in a costume with a badge but uncompensated .
    These little coward psychpaths will evaporate if they are dealt with in a deadly defensive matter….I and everyone else has a God given Right and Duty to protect ourselves , our families and property along with strangers from these criminals , and they are criminals and the enemy of a free and lawful people .

  • Bob April 16, 2018, 6:30 am

    My beloved home state is on it’s way to being lost. Nobody wants to talk about forced migration, in the form of the northern liberal gun grabbing yankee. Something has to be said about a group of people that ruin there own environment through taxation and law, then immigrate and repeat. Locusts?

    • Doug April 20, 2018, 9:32 am

      I would prefer to call them a virus/cancer. They move in wherever they want and destroyed by being what they are. Calling them locusts would be an insult the locusts :).

      • Phil April 20, 2018, 4:27 pm

        This actually makes a lot of sense. Florida has always been God’s waiting room but we have more retired people than ever before. Think about it, baby boomers are in their 70s now and come from NY, Jersey, CT, MA etc and bring their liberal values with them. Also, unlike many young people, they vote. They have a lot of time on their hands so they also get involved at the municipal level and go to council meetings etc . I see things getting worse before they get better.

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