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Former State Representatives Takes Issue With NRA Comment

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A former state lawmakers is taking issue with comments that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made this weekend about the NRA's role in influencing elections.

Bloomberg made those comments while saying gun laws need to be changed in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, and that politicians shouldn't be worried about repercussions from the powerful lobbying group.

In an interview on Meet The Press, he said the myth that the NRA can destroy political careers by advocating a change is just not true.

But former state representative Debra Maggart disagrees.

She held up a bill last session that would allow people to store guns in their cars on parking lots.

Because of that, the NRA pumped thousands of dollars into a campaign against her.

She says that smear campaign was what caused her to lose her seat in August.

"Yes, definitely, the NRA at the local level can destroy a political career," Maggart said.

State Representative Mike Turner says while the NRA is powerful, he thinks Maggart was vulnerable in other areas too, including opposition from teacher groups.

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