The legal position of a state governor provides a good insight into how various gun laws may be enforced and what to anticipate in terms of future gun laws.
In Indiana, Mike Pence gained strong support in his recent bid to be elected governor from gun owners and sports enthusiasts by his stated commitment to Hoosiers’ right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment. Certainly, such a plank for election speaks to whether a Governor will veto nonsensical or unnecessary gun legislation.
However, many compromises must often be made by any respected leader, Governor Pence is solid in his commitment to Hoosiers to secure their right to safely engage in shooting sports. In fact, Governor Pence recently held the First Annual Governor’s Shoot on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Over two hundred participants of all ages, gender, and walks of life spent a day shooting and socializing with the Governor. There were 10 stations of sporting clays at the Indiana Gun Club in Fortville, Indiana, which allowed for everyone to fire approximately 50 rounds. The day included a variety of shooting contests followed by a luncheon. Governor Pence’s daughter also shot sporting clays and First Lady, Karen Pence, assisted with the logistics of the event.
Since I was given the opportunity to shoot a station with Governor Pence, I can attest that he is not a “newbie” in the art of shooting sports. He was breaking the clays with the best of them! I am proud our Governor takes such a clear stand on the right to keep and bear arms.
This blog post was written by attorney Bryan L. Ciyou, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.,who practices firearms law in Indiana. I write, lecture, teach and am available for consultation on the topic of firearms law for all 50 states.