Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Donald Trump was not advocating violence against Hillary Clinton when the GOP nominee wondered aloud whether the Second Amendment provided an avenue for Americans to thwart potential Clinton-picked judges.

Trump made the controversial comments on the campaign trail in North Carolina, and his running mate sought to clarify them in an interview with a Philadelphia-based NBC reporter soon thereafter. Pence said "of course" Trump was not promoting violence against Clinton.

"I think what Donald Trump is clearly saying was that people who cherish that right, people who believe that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens makes our communities more safe, not less safe, should be involved in the political process and let their voice be heard," Pence told NBC Philadelphia. "Electing Donald Trump as the next president of the United States will ensure that we'll have a president that will make appointments to the Supreme Court that will uphold all of the liberties enshrined in our Constitution, including the Second Amendment."

Pence continued to argue that Second Amendment proponents have a "very clear choice" in the 2016 election and the GOP nominee was urging such voters to "act consistent with their convictions."

Trump is scheduled to hold a second rally in North Carolina on Tuesday evening.