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2005 Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award Winner

NRA honors Washington's Robin Ball for Leadership In Shooting Sports

Ms. Robin Ball is one of four recipients of the National Rifle Association's prestigious 2005 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award.

Ball is an NRA Certified Firearm Instructor for basic pistol and personal protection courses; shooting range owner and manager; Refuse To Be A Victim® regional counselor; Eddie Eagle GunSafe®Program instructor; and member of NRA's Range Development Committee. She has introduced numerous people to the joys of the shooting sports, helped citizens avoid criminal confrontation, and helped protect children by teaching them what to do if they find a firearm.

As a Second Amendment activist, Ball was instrumental in promoting concealed carry legislation in Washington, has served as the Executive Vice Chair of Washington's 5th Congressional District and has testified before the United States Senate Judicial Committee on Federal firearms laws and their enforcement. For her legislative activism, Ball received the 1999 NRA-ILA Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award.

Sue King, NRA Director and Chairman of NRA's Women's Policies Committee said, "When told that no one can 'do it all,' the proper response is 'Robin Ball.' She can 'do it all.' From owning and operating her shooting range, instructing new shooters, and sharing crime prevention information with others, to being a strong and dedicated Second Amendment activist, Robin does it all, and does it well."

Named for the first woman president of the National Rifle Association, the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award was created in 2004 to recognize the contributions of women who have demonstrated dedication to the promotion of the Second Amendment, have made outstanding achievements in educational contributions while advancing the purposes and goals of the NRA and, through legislative and legal contributions, have significantly impacted the preservation of the shooting sports at the local, state and regional national levels.

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