(PRWEB) February 09, 2012
The United States Concealed Carry Association announced the Self-Defense SHIELD, a unique concealed carry insurance-backed, membership benefit. In most states, laws are written so that a person who fires his weapon in self-defense may be acquitted, even if firing the gun results in the death of an attacker. These laws are designed to protect law-abiding citizens; however they do not prevent police from arresting, imprisoning, and putting on trial anyone who uses a concealed carry weapon in self-defense.
The Self-Defense SHIELD is the first insurance-backed, membership benefit of its kind that protects citizens who choose to conceal and carry weapons and find themselves facing criminal charges for firing their weapon. After almost a year of research, planning, and working with lawyers and insurance companies, USCCA first introduced the Self-Defense SHIELD in 2011. The Self-Defense SHIELD insurance-backed, membership benefit will cover up to $300,000 in legal expenses and court costs incurred in mounting your defense, should you find yourself facing criminal or civil charges for using your weapon in self-defense.
This program was developed as a result of seeing legally-armed citizens spending tens of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees defending their right to bear arms and use them to defend their lives and the lives of their families.
The Self-Defense SHIELD insurance-backed, membership benefit consists of a single, firearms liability insurance policy owned by the USCCA, Inc. that designates the members as beneficiaries. This insurance policy is underwritten by the Meadowbrook Insurance Group. In compliance with United States law, the Self-Defense SHIELD membership benefit reimburses beneficiaries after they have been successfully acquitted of criminal charges. However, if the beneficiaries are facing civil charges, the Self-Defense SHIELD membership benefit provides first-dollar, legal defense coverage.
USCCA has created a database of more than 700 pro-gun attorneys who will work to defend members who face criminal charges for firing their weapons in self-defense. There are at least a dozen attorneys in each state, according to USCCA president Tim Schmidt.
The USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD also offers concealed carry protection in the event a civil suit is filed by the attacker or his family. Meadowbrook Insurance covers these civil defense expenses, sending in attorneys immediately to handle the case, with no attorney fees for the beneficiary.
About the U. S. Concealed Carry Assn.
United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is devoted to armed citizens who have decided to conceal and carry guns. USCCA supports and educates its members with a print magazine, an online membership site, a private members-only concealed carry forum on the web, and a nationally syndicated radio program—Armed American Radio. USCCA is 100% advertising-free, assuring members have access to completely unbiased gun, gear and course reviews.