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Marion P. Hammer Woman Of Distinction Award

Marion P. Hammer has influenced many in her fight to preserve Second Amendment freedoms. From her role as lobbyist in the passage of Florida’s Right-to-Carry legislation, to her grassroots efforts in educating youth about firearm safety, Ms. Hammer exemplifies activism and leadership. To honor her pioneering spirit, the National Rifle Association bestows the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award in her name.

Qualifications for Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award:

To qualify for the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award, the nominee must have demonstrated two or more of the following qualifications on a State, Regional or Local level.​

  1. Recognition for performance in competitive shooting; dedication to hunting ethics and conservation or promotion of recreational shooting activities on a state or local level.
  2. Educational contributions to advance the purposes and goals of the National Rifle Association including appearance and/or writings of significance on a state or local level.
  3. Meritorious performance under perilous conditions through the lawful use of a firearm in defense of self or others.
  4. Protection of the Second Amendment through extensive legislative and/or legal contributions at the state or local level.
  5. Promotions of NRA programs, goals and issues in a volunteer capacity at the state or local level, that have a recognized positive impact on the organization. ​

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 Nominations must be received by November 1 in order to be considered. 

Learn More about the Extraordinary Marion P. Hammer

Marion P. Hammer is an American gun advocate and lobbyist who was the first female president of the NRA from 1995-1998.  She has been an NRA member all her adult life and had served as second and first vice president before being elected to the NRA’s highest office.

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Recipients Of The Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award

Year Names
2016 Ann Marie Rushing
2015 Linda Gilbertson
2014 Carol Katona
2013 Phyllis Herrington
2012 Michele Hunter
2011 Margi Constantino
2010 Janet Nyce
2009 Susan Bierly
Marlene Duncan
Donna Vandermolen
2008 Linda Hill
Cathy Lynch
Paula Radcliff
Patricia Stoneking
2007 Susan J. Darnall
Kate Ferraro-Creigh
2006 Peggy Bodner
Kelly Connolly
Judy Johnson
Susan Tabor
2005 Robin Ball
Roxanne Byczkowski
Suzi Rouse
Alice Tripp

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NRA's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award was established in 1993 and recognizes an exceptional act or service by a law enforcement officer. Nominations are accepted from anyone having knowledge of the nominee's actions.

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