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Mike Pence’s Gun Control Position: 5 Fast Facts

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From — Mike Pence speaks to Repub­li­cans at the Ronald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Library in Simi Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. (Get­ty)

Indi­ana Gov­er­nor Mike Pence is just 35 days away from poten­tial­ly becom­ing the next vice pres­i­dent elect of the Unit­ed States.

Don­ald Trump’s run­ning mate is a Repub­li­can who served in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for over a decade pri­or to becom­ing the 50th gov­er­nor of the state of Indi­ana. One issue that’s very impor­tant to a lot of vot­ers in Pence’s par­ty is gun con­trol, with many Repub­li­cans look­ing for a can­di­date with a his­to­ry of sup­port­ing the sec­ond amend­ment.

So what has been Mike Pence’s vot­ing record when it comes to gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion? Here’s what you need to know.

1. He Has an ‘A’ Rating From the NRA

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Mike Pence dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the 2008 Repub­li­can Nation­al Con­ven­tion. (Get­ty)

Mike Pence has an ‘A’ rat­ing from the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion. This indi­cates a pro-gun record, and it is the group’s high­est pos­si­ble score. They base this on the individual’s his­to­ry of vot­ing for or against gun con­trol relat­ed bills, and Repub­li­cans tend to look for an ‘A’ rat­ing while Democ­rats look for an ‘F’ rat­ing.

Pence is a card-car­ry­ing NRA mem­ber, and he has spo­ken many times at the Nation­al Rifle Association’s Lead­er­ship Forum, most recent­ly giv­ing a speech to the orga­ni­za­tion in May of 2016. This was before Pence was picked as Don­ald Trump’s run­ning mate.

You can­not sup­port Hillary Clin­ton for Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States and promise the right of the peo­ple to keep and bear arms will not be infringed,” Pence told the orga­ni­za­tion in his speech. “It just doesn’t add up.”

2. He Voted to Prevent Individuals From Suing Gun Manufacturers

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015. (Getty)

Indi­ana Gov. Mike Pence speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence March 31, 2015. (Get­ty)

While he was a mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Pence cast many votes that would appeal to pro-gun Repub­li­cans, includ­ing a vote in Octo­ber 2005 for the Pro­tec­tion of Law­ful Com­merce in Arms Act.

This act would pre­vent firearms deal­ers from being held account­able when guns they sell are used to com­mit crimes. In the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, it was passed with 283 votes for, 144 votes against. After being passed in both the House and the Sen­ate, it was signed into law by Pres­i­dent George W. Bush on Octo­ber 26th, 2005.

Hillary Clin­ton vot­ed against this bill when she was a sen­a­tor, and she has stat­ed that she would repeal the law if she became pres­i­dent.

Prob­a­bly one of the most egre­gious, wrong pieces of leg­is­la­tion that ever passed the Con­gress when it comes to this issue is to pro­tect gun sell­ers and gun mak­ers from lia­bil­i­ty,” Clin­ton said of this bill. “They are the only busi­ness in Amer­i­ca that is whol­ly pro­tect­ed from any kind of lia­bil­i­ty. They can sell a gun to some­one they know they shouldn’t, and they won’t be sued. There will be no con­se­quences.”

3. He Voted for a National Concealed Carry Standard

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Mike Pence appears with Don­ald Trump at an event in New York, New York. (Get­ty)

Anoth­er one of Pence’s pro-gun acts came in 2009 when he sup­port­ed the Nation­al Right-to-Car­ry Reci­procity Act. This bill said that an indi­vid­ual who has a per­mit to car­ry a con­cealed firearm in one state can car­ry that con­cealed firearm in anoth­er state.

Pence was a co-spon­sor, but the bill did not end up being put up for a vote. It was rein­tro­duced in 2011, and at this time Pence vot­ed for the bill and it passed the House in a 272 to 154 vote. It was not put up for a vote in the sen­ate, how­ev­er.

The Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion cit­ed this piece of leg­is­la­tion when endors­ing Pence in his run for gov­er­nor in 2012.

Pence cospon­sored and vot­ed for H.R. 822, ‘The Nation­al Right-to-Car­ry Reci­procity Act,’ which would ensure that law-abid­ing Amer­i­cans with valid con­cealed hand­gun per­mits would be able to car­ry a con­cealed hand­gun in any oth­er state that does not pro­hib­it con­cealed car­ry,” the NRA said.

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4. He Co-sponsored a Bill to Loosen Restrictions on Interstate Purchases

US Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence speaks to Republicans at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 8, 2016. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pence speaks to Repub­li­cans at the Ronald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Library in Simi Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. (Get­ty)

In 2011, Pence co-spon­sored the Firearms Inter­state Com­merce Reform Act. This bill would make it eas­i­er for gun man­u­fac­tur­ers to sell firearms to indi­vid­u­als who are out of state, as long as the par­tic­u­lar trans­ac­tion does not go against any­thing in that state’s laws.

The NRA strong­ly sup­port­ed this bill, say­ing that the cur­rent restric­tions in place on inter­state gun sales are “anti­quat­ed and unnec­es­sary.” The bill did not go up for a vote but has been intro­duced sev­er­al times since, includ­ing in 2015.

This bill would also loosen the restric­tions on gun man­u­fac­tur­ers’ abil­i­ties to sell weapons at gun shows.

5. He Signed a Bill Allowing Guns in School Parking Lots

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Mike Pence speaks at a Don­ald Trump ral­ly in Tole­do, Ohio. (Get­ty)

While gov­er­nor of Indi­ana, Mike Pence has signed into law sev­er­al bills that were praised by the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion.

One of these was SB229, which allows adults to have weapons in school park­ing lots. Pri­or to this, it was a felony for legal gun own­ers to poss­es weapons while at a school. How­ev­er, under Pence’s new law, guns still need to be con­cealed and locked in a car. Stu­dent mem­bers of the school’s gun club can also have guns in their cars as long as they receive per­mis­sion from the prin­ci­pal, accord­ing to the USA Today.

Pence argued that this was a com­mon sense piece of leg­is­la­tion that would pre­vent par­ents from being charged with a felony for hav­ing their legal­ly-owned gun in the car while drop­ping their child off at school. Not every­one was as enthu­si­as­tic about the bill, though.

There’s been so much con­cern about school secu­ri­ty and school safe­ty, so why would we do some­thing that has the poten­tial of eas­i­ly jeop­ar­diz­ing that with read­i­ly acces­si­ble guns in cars on school prop­er­ty,” JT Coop­man, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Indi­ana Asso­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic School Super­in­ten­dents, said to The Indy Star.

As gov­er­nor, Pence also signed Sen­ate Bill 433, allow­ing indi­vid­u­als to own short bar­reled shot­guns.

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