Where Trump VP Candidate Mike Pence Stands on Guns

In the media tumult resulting from the terror attack in Nice, France, the announcement that Donald Trump has chosen a running-mate for the 2016 presidential election was delayed until today, when Trump said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would be his choice for Vice President. Pence is politician who has stuck close to conservative orthodoxy since he started a career in talk radio, according to this story from CNN.

But what does that mean for gun owners, and where does Pence stand on gun issues?

The site OnTheIssues.com aggregates the opinions of political leaders on various topics.

The site says Pence is a believer that gun ownership increases public safety. He was quoted in the 2016 State of the State speech to the Indiana legislature on Jan. 12 as saying, "In the wake of the terrorist attack on a recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I'm proud to say that Indiana was among the first states to allow our National Guard to carry firearms at all recruiting stations. Hoosiers know firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens--including our National Guard--makes our communities more safe, not less safe. Indiana will always defend the right to keep and bear arms."

He also voted yes for a bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against gun manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others. It’s basically the opposite of Hillary Clinton’s position that gun makers and sellers should be open to lawsuits from say the victims of crimes committed with their products.

Not surprisingly, he has an A rating from the NRA, indicating an extended pro-gun rights voting record, the site says.

Pence also signed HR 197&S.845, which establishes a national standard for concealed carry by non-residents. Basically, the bill says that if you have a concealed carry permit in one state, and aren’t prohibited by any federal laws from possessing a firearm, then you can carry in any other state—a sort of blanket reciprocity.

He has also commended the NRA for its development of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, which has taught 23,000,000 children gun safety.

Some other pro-gun actions Pence has taken:

  • Co-sponsored Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which loosened restrictions on interstate gun purchases.

  • Co-Sponsored the Veteran's Heritage Firearms Act, which allows veterans to register unlicensed firearms acquired abroad.

  • Co-sponsored a bill banning gun registration and trigger lock law in Washington D.C.