Self Defense Insurance – The Legal Brief ~ VIDEO

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Welcome back to The Legal Brief, the show where we CRUSH the various legal myths and misinformation surrounding various areas of the gun world. I’m your host Adam Kraut and today we are tackling the question whether or not you need self defense insurance and if you do what to look for.

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Self defense insurance is a topic that has come to the forefront of discussion amongst firearms owners in recent years. Things like do I need, what is it, and how much should I pay for it? Those who choose to carry a firearm for self defense are usually cognizant of the fact that if they use that gun to defend themselves, there is likely going to some lawyers involved. And as you all know, lawyers cost money….blood suckers. Depending on the circumstances, being involved in a self defense shooting may result in a brief investigation and a determination that it was justified with no further action or may result in criminal charging, which is every gun owner's worst nightmare. And guys…that has happened more than once.

Self Defense Insurance

Let me preface this with saying that I don’t endorse any one program that exists. There are a number of factors that you need to consider when looking at the various programs that are available. As everyone’s circumstances and needs differ, there is no one size fits all approach. Some of the more popular programs that exist are USCCA, Second Call Defense, CCW Safe, Firearms Legal Protection, and now the NRA’s CarryGuard.

It is also important to differentiate that some of the services are insurance and others are prepaid legal services. Insurance typically requires that an individual either pay a deductible or possibly out of pocket for the entire endeavor with the ability to be reimbursed on the backend, provided you are found not guilty, charges dropped, etc. Prepaid legal services pay the attorney up front for you but likely won’t cover damages if you find yourself in a civil suit.

A number of providers offer tiered pricing for various plans. Depending upon which level you choose, you receive more services and coverage but for a greater monthly rate. You pay more, you get more, very simple.

So what are things you should look for in a plan? First, it would be wise to determine what the policy includes as far as financial limits and whether it fits your needs. Are you able to foot the bill for any expenses that go beyond the coverage? You’ll want to examine the policy to see if it provides for both criminal and civil coverage. Depending on your state’s law, it may still be possible to be sued in civil court regardless of the outcome in the criminal proceedings. Remember, OJ Simpson was found not guilty in his criminal trial but was found guilty in the civil suit brought against him. If the plan does provide coverage, is it only in the form of attorney’s fees or does it include money for any judgment that might be rendered against you in a civil suit?

Does the policy provide for an attorney up front all expenses paid? If not, does it only provide for money to pay for a retainer? Some policies state that they will give you a certain amount of money, let’s say $250,000 for an attorney, but only actually provide a small percentage up front for a retainer with the balance being contingent upon acquittal or charges being dropped? If it is only a small percentage up front for a retainer, do you have the financial means to pay for things in the interim? Perhaps even more important, do you get to choose your attorney or is one provided for you? If you get to choose, is it carte blanche or is it from a network of vetted attorneys? All of these things matter.

Does the plan cover more than the use of just a firearm in self defense? This is one that I think a lot of people overlook. Some plans limit their coverage to only the use of a firearm, where other plans allow for other items such as knives and even fists to be used in self defense and still provide coverage.

Are you married or living with a significant other? Do you have children who live with you? Does the plan cover them in the event they utilize force in a self defense situation? If so, in what instances? If not, is a plan available from that company that does?

Are you able to seek medical treatment (such as counseling) after being involved in a self defense situation under the plan? Does the plan provide money to replace your firearm if it is used in self defense and confiscated?

Self Defense Insurance
Self Defense Insurance

While there is no clear cut answer as to the best program out there, there are a variety of factors you need to consider. I would certainly tell you to not rely on the endorsement of any gun celebrity or salesperson without doing your own research. At the end of the day, if you end up defending yourself, you want to be sure that the plan you selected will cover you in the best manner possible. And besides, it’s your money and possibly freedom on the line.

Hopefully that allows you to make a more informed decision as to the program you choose. If you guys liked this episode, you know what to do, hit that like button and share it around with your friends. Be sure to check out my website adamkraut.com. Remember, if you have a question you want answered on this show, head over to The Legal Brief section on theguncollective.com. Don’t forget to like The Gun Collective on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Full 30, Snap Chat and wherever else you can catch us on social media.

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  • 14 thoughts on “Self Defense Insurance – The Legal Brief ~ VIDEO

    1. NRA Carry Guard; they have your back… unless it is Friday night when their call center is closed (no 24/7 service)… unless you don’t have the money to fund your own defense (they only reimburse)…. unless you use another weapon besides a firearm… But never fear the NRA will be there to help on Monday morning.

    2. Didn’t see mention to the Armed Cirizens’ Legal Defense Network: money for attorney retainer fees and bail up front, BEFORE trial, access to attorneys educated in a affirmative defense trials of legitimate self defense , expert witnesses.

    3. The article was good and informative. But you missed one organization that is also good Texas/US Law Shield. Why not? They cover most of the United States, and will not break the bank. I’m paying $10.00 per month for state coverage or $15.00 for out of state. If you are going to cover this subject, do it properly. They also hold seminars. Check with uslawshield.com for more information.

      1. Ron: You might find this interesting. Texas has a very good “stand your ground” law AND they also have this:

        Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (T.C.P.R.C)

        TITLE 4. LIABILITY IN TORT

        CHAPTER 83. USE OF DEADLY FORCE IN DEFENSE OF PERSON

        Sec. 83.001. CIVIL IMMUNITY.

        A defendant who uses force or deadly force that is justified under Chapter 9, Penal Code, is immune from civil liability for personal injury or death that results from the defendant’s use of force or deadly force, as applicable.

    4. I don’t believe that these programs cover accidental occurrences either (an array of unintended circumstances: the gun is fired accidentally through the bullet accidentally hits an unintended car, person, building, person). Accidents.

    5. The vast majority of gun carriers will never be involved in a self defense shooting. “Depending on your state’s law, it may still be possible to be sued in civil court regardless of the outcome in the criminal proceedings….” Those are golden words. Do you live in a State that has a law that protects you, in a lawful self defense shooting, not only from criminal prosecution but also from being sued civilly (like Utah)? If you do you have absolutely no need for any insurance. Odds are still in your favor you’ll never need it no matter where you live and that is exactly what these companies are counting on. Remember, they’re not in business because they figure you’re going to be involved in a shooting and they’re going to have to shell out money, just the opposite.

      Be informed, do your research, spend your money (or don’t) wisely!

      1. Good advice. My state, Tennessee, doesn’t allow for civil suit in a justified shooting. If it’s a “good shoot” (I use that term in a regrettable tone), no one’s going to get rich off you, so bad guys beware…you can’t fund your family by getting shot robbing someone.
        I’ve also heard Tim from USCCA flat out state, if you’re involved in a shooting, you WILL go to jail. His reasoning is, it’s not the cop’s job to determine guilt or innocence…which IS true…but they do have common sense as well & can see if someone needs a time out or not.
        I’ve not shot anyone in my first 62 years & hopefully, not in the next.

        1. And Tim is absolutely wrong and remember, he’s out to sell his product. It’s case by case, State by State. There are hundred of cases where no one is arrested, charged or treated with anything but compassion by law enforcement.

        2. Wrong Tennessee does allow for civil suits in a justified shooting. A bill in 2017 was supposed to stop this, but the Anti-gun Republicans running Tennessee refused to allow the bill to come to a vote. To keep up with this please join the Tennessee Firearms Association. TFA regularly sends out info on current and upcoming bills that affect firearm owners.

    6. It would be great to see a non-biased side by side examination of all the policies out there with all the questions above answered, and reviewed by a gun lawyer for loopholes. After all, the wrong time to find out about the loopholes or gaps in coverage is when you need it most.

      I would think that an Ammoland evaluation like this, issued annually would be a superb feature for its readers and might spur enhanced competition between the various insurance providers.

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