Mike Pence’s 8 Greatest Fights to Kill Gun Control
Mike Pence not only brings a strong gun rights record to the Republican ticket, but also a real history of warring against gun control while a U.S. Representative and, thereafter, the Governor of Indiana.
Here are eight of Pence’s greatest fights to kill gun control:
2003 – Pence supported legislation to prevent the use of the court system as a backdoor method of bankrupting the gun manufacturers and sellers. The legislation was designed to prevent frivolous suits resulting over the “misuse of guns” that were legally made and sold.
2005 – Pence supported the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). President George W. Bush signed PLCAA into law in October 2005 and to this day the law protects gun manufacturers and licensed gun dealers from frivolous suits over guns that were legally made and sold, then misused. Hillary Clinton has heavily criticized PLCAA during her campaign. She wants the law revisited and reversed so victims of gun crime can sue gun manufacturers and licensed gun dealers.
2007 – On The Issues reports that Pence fought against gun registration for residents of Washington DC in 2007.
2009 – Pence supported legislation to secure national reciprocity for concealed carry, thereby abolishing the cumbersome regulations that allow a permit holder to carry in his home state but not all others. The legislation was HR 197, which said, “Notwithstanding any law of any State, a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing a firearm and is carrying a valid license to carry a concealed firearm may carry in another State a concealed firearm.” The bill stated that if the state to which the permit holder traveled was a concealed carry state, then the permit holder was bound to follow the concealed laws of that state. If it was not a concealed carry state, he could still carry in it, but had to follow certain stipulations spelled out in HR 197. These stipulations included prohibitions on carrying in a police station, courthouse, etc.