Trump Campaign Gains Second Amendment Supporters By Naming Gov. Mike Pence Running MateLOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 20: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The NRA endorsed Trump at the convention. The convention runs May 22. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Top Political Leaders Attend NRA Annual Meeting In Louisville
Donald Trump’s campaign will see a large boost in the amount of second amendment supporters it has after naming Indiana Governor Mike Pence his running mate and potential vice president.
Pence suspended his re-election bid in Indiana on Thursday and Donald Trump announced on Twitter Friday that he will name Mike Pence his running mate.
“I’m a card-carrying member of the NRA,” Pence said at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum earlier this year. Pence, who is rated “A” by the NRA said in his speech that voting for Hillary Clinton will not be beneficial for protecting Second Amendment rights.
“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 said. “It just doesn’t add up.”
Pence will reassure Donald Trump’s footing as pro-Second Amendment after many people have criticized Trump in the past for not advocating for the Second Amendment.
During his time working in the House of Representatives, Pence headed many gun reform measures, including voting for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005, which protected firearms manufacturers and dealers from being liable when crimes were committed with their products.
Pence also aided a plan that allowed Indiana Army and Air National Guard Members to carry concealed weapons as long as they had training and a valid permit, which brought in the NRA who provided free certified instructors.
Pence as Indiana governor signed a bill into law in 2014 that allowed legal gun owners to have a firearm on school property as long as it is locked inside a vehicle.
In Trump’s book, “The America We Deserve,”he supported a weapons assault ban and a 72 hour waiting period before purchasing a gun. Recently, Trump has made attempts to stray away from gun control and move towards more conservative views. In recent months, Trump advocated for getting rid of gun free zones and was endorsed by the NRA.