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MIKE PENCE
The Supreme Court And
The Second Amendment

As nra members are aware, the
Second Amendment hangs in the
balance this election, and Pence agrees.
In his speech at the 2016 Republican
National Convention, he noted, "for the
sake of our Second Amendment and
for the sake of all our other God-given
liberties, we must ensure that the next
president appointing justices to the
Supreme Court is Donald Trump."
This was not just political
speech-making for Pence. He has
long understood the importance
of the Supreme Court and its

he said, "No state has the right to legislate
away the blood-bought constitutional
right of every law-abiding American to
protect their person, their family and
their liberty."
He noted further, "This decision is a
victory for the Second Amendment, but
as a 5-to-4 ruling among the justices, it
also sends a warning. The Supreme Court
is closely divided and at least four of
its members would not extend a basic
constitutional right to all 50 states. For
that reason alone, the nomination and
confirmation of any Supreme Court
justice requires careful deliberation to
ensure that the members of the high

plcaa, gun-control supporters brought
suit in dozens of cities across the
country, intending to bankrupt the gun
industry with repeated harassment and
intimidation in the courts. The tactic
represented an immediate threat to our
firearm freedoms.
In April 2003, Pence voted to pass
an early version of the plcaa, and
voted against every gutting amendment
brought forward by gun controllers
who were attempting to undermine its
protections. Though the 2003 version
eventually failed, Pence was also there
for gun owners in October 2005, voting
in favor of the final plcaa following its
passage in the Senate.
Pence's work to protect the industry
didn't end when he left Congress,

"No state has the right to
legislate away the blood-bought
constitutional right of every
law-abiding American to
protect their person, their
family and their liberty."
NRA STAFF

Second Amendment jurisprudence. In
fact, he joined other pro-gun members
of Congress in filing amicus briefs in
the two landmark Second Amendment
cases, District of Columbia v. Heller in
2008 and McDonald v. Chicago in 2010.
In both cases, the amicus briefs Pence
joined argued that the Second Amendment
protected an individual right to keep
and bear arms and that the gun bans
being challenged were unconstitutional
infringements of that right. Thankfully,
this argument prevailed in both cases,
with the Supreme Court striking down
the d.c. ban in Heller and the Chicago
ban in McDonald.
Immediately after the McDonald
ruling, Pence issued a statement
praising the court. In stirring language,

court will protect the rights handed
down by our Founding Fathers."
With Hillary Clinton's contention
that "the Supreme Court is wrong
on the Second Amendment" and
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's stated
intent to overturn Heller, Pence's words
of warning resonate even more today
than the day he said them.

Protection Of Lawful
Commerce In Arms Act
(PLCAA)

While in Congress, Pence repeatedly
voted to pass legislation to protect
firearm manufacturers and dealers
from being held liable for the criminal
actions of third parties. This protection
is vital because prior to enactment of the
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however. As Indiana's governor, he
signed legislation on May 4, 2015,
strengthening state protections
prohibiting lawsuits against members
of the firearm industry stemming from
the misuse of their products by a third
party. That action immediately halted
a frivolous lawsuit filed by the city of
Gary against firearm manufacturers and
dealers that had been languishing in the
courts since 1999.

The Right To Carry

Pence has made clear that he will defend
our right to carry. In 2009, he voted for
an amendment that allowed law-abiding
gun owners to carry concealed in
national parks, as long as the gun owners
are in compliance with state law.

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