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NRA's Hammer says water agency's actions against local gun club are illegal



The National Rifle Association's most influential lobbyist denounced a state water agency Tuesday, demanding that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature abolish the Southwest Florida Water Management District for what she called violations of the Second Amendment.

Marion Hammer, whose Florida concealed weapons permit is License No. 0000001, is upset at the agency commonly known as Swiftmud because it is trying to make a Pinellas Park gun club clean up lead pollution caused by spent ammunition.

She called Swiftmud "a malignant state agency that uses unlimited tax dollars in what I can only call an evil attempt to steal private property and destroy a small private business."

"They clearly think they are above the law," Hammer said in an e-mail to the Tampa Bay Times. She's also calling for Attorney General Pam Bondi and the governor's inspector general to investigate the agency and prosecute everyone involved.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 1:57pm]


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