6 Concealed Carry Insurance Options To Protect Your Six (2019)

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Six major concealed carry insurance programs are now available to the millions of Americans who carry concealed.

What are some of the concealed carry insurance organizations offering plans for responsible armed citizens?

According to a recent estimate by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), more than 15 million Americans are now licensed to carry a firearm in the United States.

With that many and more legally licensed citizens — including those who keep guns strictly in the home for domestic protection, along with people who open carry or live in one of the dozen states that do not require licenses — the odds are increasing that someone will have to use their firearm to defend against a serious crime.

Realizing this possibility, at least six organizations have recognized the need for some type of coverage plans for the armed citizen who might someday act in self-defense. Unlike television, stopping a villain with lethal force isn’t the end of the drama — it’s often just the beginning.

Stepping up to the plate with protection programs are the United States Concealed Carry Association, Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, U.S. Law Shield, CCW Safe, Second Call Defense and Firearms Legal Protection. Each has a slightly different approach to the challenge, because in this game, there are problems and there are solutions.

The hard truth is that most armed citizens simply have no idea of the legal minefield they step into the second they press the trigger. As more than one of the people we interviewed explained, from that moment, your life is changed forever.

Learn More: 5 Things You Must Know About CCW Insurance

Even if no criminal charge is filed, because we live in a litigious society, there are attorneys just chomping at the bit to make life miserable for armed citizens in civil court. That’s the reality. Defending a life with a firearm can break people — it can destroy life savings, families and jobs.

What You Need To Look For In CCW Insurance

Whether home, auto or concealed carry, insurance policies cover only certain things. In turn, you need to take the time to consider exactly what each option offers and if it will fit the minimum you need to protect you after a righteous shooting.

While many concealed carry insurance policies cover several expenses you’ll possibly encounter (we’ll get to those shortly), there are coverage areas that are essential in a good plan.

Attorney Fees: This is the meat and potatoes of any CCW insurance plan and should be where you put most of your consideration. Criminal and civil defense doesn’t come cheap and if your case goes to trial you might find a bill that runs up to six figures. It is a good idea to review if a policy covers retainer, criminal defense and civil defense and damages.

Bail Bond: Whiling away in a jail cell is a miserable experience, and can be detrimental. You need to earn a living, consult with your attorney and put your affairs in order. All of these are difficult to accomplish behind bars, which is why bail-bond coverage is typically part of a sound concealed carry insurance policy.

Coverage Across State Lines: Insurance laws differ state to state, which can cause problems if you travel with your defensive firearm. If you tool around the country you must read the fine print of where each policy covers you.

Expert Resources: One of the best ways to protect yourself from the legal ramifications of a lethal-force event is understanding the law and your rights. Access to solid and well-researched resources on these topics and concealed carry training prove invaluable and make you a more proficient armed citizen.

Other Areas Of Concealed Carry Coverage

In many cases, CCW policies go well beyond legal expenses and cover some other aspects you might not have considered, but you’ll possibly be on the hook for:

  • Crime Scene Clean Up
  • Negligent Discharge
  • Spouse And Family Self-Defense
  • Property Damage
  • Firearms Replacement
  • Work Loss Coverage
  • Personal Use Of Firearm (non-defensive)

You’ll find there are other areas covered by some concealed carry insurance plans worth contemplating. Many of them fall within the policies themselves, however, some cost extra. Certainly, they’ll make a plan more expensive, but are heartening, given how quickly expenses can add up if you’re involved in a self-defense situation.

Policy Caps

Insurance, no matter what it covers, has caps. In short, there is a set amount of money it will cover, then you’re on the hook for the rest. This goes for any of the add-ons you might select for your plan, as well.

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Your budget dictates how much you can afford in a CCW insurance plan, but you want to make certain you don’t undercut yourself when it comes to coverage. On the surface, something along the lines of $250,000 coverage for attorney’s fees might sound solid, but could potentially shelter you from only a fraction the total expense.

Concealed Carry Insurance Options

Self-Defense Insurance USCCA

The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

Pros
One of the most established and largest – 285,00 paying members – concealed carry insurance companies, United State Concealed Carry Association brings a lot a gravitas to the game. Also flexibility.
With three levels of coverage to choose from, you can tailor your policy to your budget and needs. It also gives you the freedom to choose your attorney, in and outside their network.

Cons
The only upfront payments you receive are if you enact your policy are for bail bond and criminal defense. And your bail is deducted from your criminal defense cap, along with your lawyer's retainer – which can quickly eat away at the total. Not a deal-breaker, but something to consider when shopping level of coverage. Also, if you live in New York or Washington state, you’re out of luck – USCCA coverage isn’t available in those states.

Gold Membership

$22/month or $247 annually

Legal Protection

  • Civil Defense & Damages Protection: $500,00
  • Criminal Defense, Bail Bond Funding & Attorney Retainer: $100,000
  • 24/7/365 Critical Response Team
  • Your Choice of Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Up-Front Funding for Criminal Defense & Bail Bonds
  • Protection for Use of All Legal Weapons

Concealed Carry Magazine

  • Complete Print + Digital Subscription
  • 1 Year Archive Online Access to Back Issues

Education

  • CCW Reciprocity Map With Permit Expiration Reminders
  • Member-Only USCCA App Features
  • Weekly updates on news, changing laws and gear reviews
  • 10 Lifesaving Checklists
  • 15 Digital Guides and eBooks

Training

  • Weekly Training Drills
  • Live Training Broadcasts
  • Nationwide USCCA Certified Instructor Network Access
  • Proving Ground Training Series Online Videos

Community

  • Community Giving Program
  • 24/7 Access to Expert Member Services Team
  • Free Daily Entry to USCCA Concealed Carry Expo

Perks

  • Spouse Membership Discount
  • Carry Confidence Kit
  • Member-Only Discounts on USCCA Training & Gear
  • Early-Bird Access to Brand-New Training & Gear
  • Discounts from Industry Partners

Platinum Membership

$30/month or $347 annually

Legal Protection

  • Civil Defense & Damages Protection: $1,000,000
  • Criminal Defense, Bail Bond Funding & Attorney Retainer: $150,000
  • 24/7/365 Critical Response Team
  • Your Choice of Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Up-Front Funding for Criminal Defense & Bail Bonds
  • Protection for Use of All Legal Weapons

Concealed Carry Magazine

  • Print + Digital Subscription
  • 5 Year Archive Online Access to Back Issues

Education

  • CCW Reciprocity Map With Permit Expiration Reminders
  • Member-Only USCCA App Features
  • Weekly updates on news, changing laws and gear reviews
  • 10 Lifesaving Checklists
  • 30 Digital Guides and eBooks
  • Interactive “Ask An Attorney” Monthly Webinar

Training

  • Weekly Training Drills
  • Live Training Broadcasts
  • Nationwide USCCA Certified Instructor Network Access
  • Proving Ground Training Series and Situational Awareness Online Videos

Community

  • Community Giving Program
  • 24/7 Access to Expert Member Services Team
  • Free Daily Entry to USCCA Concealed Carry Expo and advanced entry

Perks

  • Spouse Membership Discount
  • Carry Confidence Kit
  • Member-Only Discounts on USCCA Training & Gear
  • Early-Bird Access to Brand-New Training & Gear
  • Discounts from Industry Partners

Elite Membership
$47 monthly; $497 annual

Legal Protection

  • Civil Defense & Damages Protection: $2,000,000
  • Criminal Defense, Bail Bond Funding & Attorney Retainer: $250,000
  • 24/7/365 Critical Response Team
  • Your Choice of Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Up-Front Funding for Criminal Defense & Bail Bonds
  • Protection for Use of All Legal Weapons

Concealed Carry Magazine

  • Complete Print + Digital Subscription
  • Lifetime Archive Online Access to Back Issues

Education

  • CCW Reciprocity Map With Permit Expiration Reminders
  • Member-Only USCCA App Features
  • Weekly updates on news, changing laws and gear reviews
  • 10 Lifesaving Checklists
  • 70 Digital Guides and eBooks
  • Interactive “Ask An Attorney” Monthly Webinar and archive access

Training

  • Weekly Training Drills
  • Live Training Broadcasts
  • Nationwide USCCA Certified Instructor Network Access
  • Proving Ground Training Series, Situational Awareness and When To Use Deadly Force Online Videos
  • eLearning Training Systems: Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals and Emergency First Aid Fundamentals

Community

  • Community Giving Program
  • 24/7 Access to Expert Member Services Team
  • Free Daily Entry to USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, advanced entry and VIP Experience

Perks

  • Spouse Membership Discount
  • Carry Confidence Kit
  • Member-Only Discounts on USCCA Training & Gear
  • Early-Bird Access to Brand-New Training & Gear
  • Discounts from Industry Partners
  • Elite Concierge Line

Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network (ACLDN)

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Pros
There are some weighty names from legal, self-defense and firearms areas at your disposal with the organization. In turn, you have some true firepower if you go to trial. Right off the bat, with Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network you get up to $25,000 for bail and $25,000 for an attorney, of your choice, for both criminal and civil cases. As legal proceedings go on, the network can provide more monetary support for criminal, civil, appeals and retrials. Furthermore, it’s an inexpensive organization to become a part of, $135 your first year and $95 per year after.

Cons
ACLDN is not an insurance plan – it’s a pre-paid legal service – so its coverage isn’t as extensive as many others. It doesn’t cover civil damages or compensation while you’re in court or firearm loss protection. Additionally, further monetary support, past the initial $25,000, goes through a review board before it’s awarded. And there’s no tiering to the program – it’s one-size-fits-all.

Membership

  • $135 Initial 1-year Membership; $95 1-year Renewal
  • Legal Resources
  • Up to $25,000 paid to the member's attorney by the Network if the member has been involved in a self-defense incident
  • Further grants may be available
  • Up to $25,000 to post bail on behalf of a member who has used force in self-defense
  • Access to Network’s affiliate lawyers
  • Case review by network’s experts
  • Access to Network’s expert witnesses

Other Resources

  • Eight-DVD set of lectures explaining the use of deadly force for self-defense, the legal aftermath of using a gun in self-defense, and how attorneys prepare the court case defending one who used deadly force in self-defense.
  • Monthly journal

U.S. Law Shield

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Pros
What you get for the price of the plan is among the biggest selling points of U.S. Law Shield (originally known as Texas Law Shield). Essentially, there is no cap on the coverage of legal fees, both for criminal and civil proceedings. This is incredible peace of mind, given how quickly those expenses add up. For $10.95 monthly payments and $19.95 set up fee, that’s a lot of coverage. No wonder the Texas-based program has some 235,000-plus members and keeps growing.

Cons
First and foremost, you have to use an attorney from their network that they choose. This is potentially a turn off for many, with good reason. In all likelihood, this will be the most important lawyer you’ll ever hire and you’ll have little on who it is. The other issue, many of the coverage areas that come standard in other polices are add-ons, geographically limited or are unavailable. A good example, nationwide coverage costs another $2.95 a month, which may or may not make a difference to you. Finally, the plan is only available in 44 states, residents of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New York and Rhode Island are excluded from purchase.

Membership
Individual $10.95 monthly/$131.40 annual; Two Adults $21.90 monthly/$240 annual

Legal Resources

  • No cap on attorney fees criminal and civil
  • 24/7/365 access to Attorney-Answered Emergency Hotline
  • Non-emergency access to independent program attorneys
  • Option to purchase Bail Bond and Expert Witness add-on coverage

CCW Safe

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Pro
No cap for criminal and civil legal defense, both covered up front, is the most eye-catching aspect of the CCW Safe plan. Up to $100,000 in bail bond protection doesn’t hurt either. These are generally the meat and potatoes of any concealed carry insurance program and this one has them in spades. In addition to that, the plan has up to $1 million of civil damage protection through their basic permit-holder plan. CCW Safe also offers a multitude of options, including policies for constitutional carry states, home-defense and active and retired law enforcement. Note, the coverage differs plan to plan, so read the fine print.

Cons
While the plans overall are among the most comprehensive, there are a few cravats. You can choose your attorney, however, they must be vetted by CCW Safe first – this may or may not be a con, depending on how you look at it. The constitutional carry plan only works in your state, so your naked once you cross the state line. And there are certain conditions CCW Safe spell out up front that will negate your policy, such as the use of force against a family member or someone in your residence with your permission.

Protector Plan

$149 annual

Eligibility
Retired/Active Military and Law Enforcement with a concealed carry permit

Legal Resources

  • Access to our 24-hour emergency hotline
  • Critical Response Team on site
  • $500,000 bail coverage
  • Vetting of Attorneys by National Trial Counsel
  • Unlimited Attorney fees covered up front
  • Unlimited Investigators covered up front
  • Unlimited Expert Witnesses covered up front
  • All trial fees covered up front
  • Firearm Replacement during trial
  • Spouse and children under 18 covered in home only
  • Up to $250 a day work loss while in criminal or civil trial
  • Up to 10 sessions (up to $4k) for a licensed counselor
  • Up to $3k for crime scene clean-up home
  • Appeals and expungements covered

Add Ons

  • Spouse $100
  • $1MM bail coverage $50
  • $1MM dedicated civil liability $220

Defender Plan

$179 annual

Eligibility
Valid Carry Permit

Legal Resources

  • Access to our 24-hour emergency hotline
  • Critical Response Team on site
  • $500,000 bail coverage
  • Vetting of Attorneys by National Trial Counsel
  • Unlimited Attorney fees covered up front
  • Unlimited Investigators covered up front
  • Unlimited Expert Witnesses covered up front
  • All Trial Costs covered up front
  • Firearm Replacement during trial
  • Up to $250 a day work loss while in criminal or civil trial
  • Up to 10 sessions (up to $4k) for a licensed counselor
  • Up to $3k for crime scene clean-up home
  • Appeals and expungement covered

Add Ons

  • Spouse $100
  • $1MM bail coverage $50
  • $1MM dedicated civil liability $220

Constitutional Carry

$299 annual

Eligibility
Constitutional Carry States

Legal Resources

  • Access to our 24-hour emergency hotline
  • Attorney fees
  • Investigators fees
  • Experts
  • Appeals and Firearm Replacement during trial
  • Up to $250 a day work loss while in criminal or civil trial
  • Up to 10 sessions (up to $4k) for a licensed counselor
  • Up to $3k for crime scene clean-up home

Home Defense

$299 annual

Eligibility
In-Home Coverage For You And Family

Legal Resources

  • Access to our 24-hour emergency hotline
  • Attorney fees
  • Investigators fees
  • Experts
  • Appeals and Firearm Replacement during trial
  • Up to $250 a day work loss while in criminal or civil trial
  • Up to 10 sessions (up to $4k) for a licensed counselor
  • Up to $3k for crime scene clean-up home

HR218

$399 annual

Eligibility
active, retired, and former law enforcement officers that meet the requirements for the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA)

Legal Resources

  • Coverage for Criminal, Civil and Administrative Actions
  • Access to our 24-hour emergency hotline
  • Critical Response Team on site
  • $1Million bail coverage
  • Vetting of Attorneys by National Trial Counsel
  • Unlimited Attorney fees covered up front
  • Unlimited Investigators covered up front
  • Unlimited Expert Witnesses covered up front
  • All trial fees covered up front
  • Firearm Replacement during trial
  • Spouse and children under 18 covered in home only
  • Up to $250 a day work loss while in criminal or civil trial
  • Up to 10 sessions (up to $4k) for a licensed counselor
  • Up to $3k for crime scene clean-up home
  • Appeals and expungements covered
  • Dedicated $1MM Civil Liability coverage

Second Call Defense

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Pros
Of all the options, Second Call Defense perhaps offers the widest spectrum of tiering. You can get in their entry-level plan for $9.95 a month or choose their “Cadillac” plan for $34.95 per month. The top-tier plan is fairly comprehensive, offering $100,000 of coverage for criminal defense attorney fees and $1,000,000 for civil. Furthermore, in the top-end plan, you’re eligible for up to $250,000 in civil damage protection.

Cons
The entry-level plan is pretty close to “better than nothing.” It doesn’t cover any legal fees pertaining to a civil case against you, and is very limited in its criminal defense – $10,000 toward your attorney fees, $2,000 for a retainer and $1,000 for bail bond. Is that worth $10 per month? You’ll have to decide that for yourself.

Basic

$9.95 monthly; $119 annual

Insurance Protection
Criminal Defense Protection – $10,000

Financial Support

  • Immediate Cash for Bond – $1,000
  • Immediate Attorney Retainer – $2,000

Rapid Response Team

  • 24/7 Emergency Legal Hotline
  • Personal Crisis Manager
  • Nationwide Attorney Network Access
  • Local Attorney Referral within 24 hours
  • Emergency Contact Notification

Training & Education

  • Member Newsletter
  • Self Defense News

Add Ons
Spouse $48 annual

Defender

$14.95 monthly; $179 annual

Insurance Protection

  • Civil Suit Defense Protection – $500,000
  • Civil Suit Damages Protection – $50,000
  • Criminal Defense Protection – $50,000

Financial Support

  • Immediate Cash for Bond – $5,000
  • Immediate Attorney Retainer – $5,000
  • Aftermath Cleanup – $1,000
  • Compensation While in Court – $250/day

Rapid Response Team

  • 24/7 Emergency Legal Hotline
  • Personal Crisis Manager
  • Nationwide Attorney Network Access
  • Local Attorney Referral within 24 hours
  • Emergency Contact Notification
  • Expert Witness Coordination
  • Gun Retrieval or Replacement
  • Psychological Support7 – 20 sessions
  • On-Site Assistance

Training & Education

  • Member Newsletter
  • Self Defense News
  • Online Training

Add Ons
Spouse $60

Ultimate

$34.95 monthly; $399 annual

Insurance Protection

  • Civil Suit Defense Protection – $1,000,000
  • Civil Suit Damages Protection – $250,000
  • Criminal Defense Protection – $100,000

Financial Support

  • Immediate Cash for Bond4 – $25,000
  • Immediate Attorney Retainer – $10,000
  • Aftermath Cleanup – $2,000
  • Compensation While in Court – $500/day

Rapid Response Team

  • 24/7 Emergency Legal Hotline
  • Personal Crisis Manager
  • Nationwide Attorney Network Access
  • Local Attorney Referral within 24 hours
  • Emergency Contact Notification
  • Expert Witness Coordination
  • Gun Retrieval or Replacement
  • Psychological Support – 40 sessions
  • On-Site Assistance

Training & Education

  • Member Newsletter
  • Self Defense News
  • Online Training

Add Ons
Spouse $80 annual

Ultimate Plus

$54.95 monthly; $599 annual

Insurance Protection

  • Civil Suit Defense Protection – $1,500,000
  • Civil Suit Damages Protection – $300,000
  • Criminal Defense Protection – $150,000

Financial Support

  • Immediate Cash for Bond4 – $25,000
  • Immediate Attorney Retainer – $10,000
  • Aftermath Cleanup – $2,000
  • Compensation While in Court – $500/day

Rapid Response Team

  • 24/7 Emergency Legal Hotline
  • Personal Crisis Manager
  • Nationwide Attorney Network Access
  • Local Attorney Referral within 24 hours
  • Emergency Contact Notification
  • Expert Witness Coordination
  • Gun Retrieval or Replacement
  • Psychological Support – 40 sessions
  • On-Site Assistance

Training & Education

  • Member Newsletter
  • Self Defense News
  • Online Training

Add Ons
Spouse $108 annual


Firearms Legal Protection

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Pros
A bit overshadowed by some of the larger players, Firearms Legal Protection nonetheless offers impressive coverage. Again, a tiered program, FLP allows armed citizens to choose a plan that best fits their budget and needs. And as far as entry-level options go, they offer an impressive one: uncapped attorney fees for civil and criminal defense for $12.95 a month. As you go up the ladder, the more expensive plans offer some of the total coverage many look for, such as firearm loss protection, compensation while in court and the choice of your own attorney. Also, an interesting and timely twist, all FLP plans cover against Extreme Risk Protection Order, or “Red Flag” laws, accusations.

Cons
As far as the entry-level program is concerned, it’s only applicable to a self-defense event that happens in your state. You can get nationwide coverage, however, you’ll have to spend more. Also, it’s presently only available in 30 states, so Firearms Legal Protection is somewhat limited geographically.

Basic Individual

$12.95 monthly; $139 annual

Eligibility
Coverage for one person in their home state.

Legal Resources

  • Uncapped attorney fees for defense for criminal and civil cases
  • 24/7 emergency hotline
  • Extreme Risk Protection Order Coverage

Premium Individual

$21.95 monthly; $239 annual

Eligibility
Multi-State Coverage

Legal Resources

  • Uncapped attorney fees for defense for criminal and civil cases
  • 24/7 emergency hotline
  • Extreme Risk Protection Order Coverage
  • Bail bond protection up to $250,000
  • Expert witness/investigator fees
  • Lost wages reimbursement
  • Firearm confiscation payment
  • Incident scene clean-up fee
  • My FLP mobile app

Premium Family

$39.95 monthly; $399 annual

Eligibility
Multi-state comprehensive coverage for member, spouse and minor children

Legal Resources

  • Uncapped attorney fees for defense for criminal and civil cases
  • 24/7 emergency hotline
  • Extreme Risk Protection Order Coverage
  • Bail bond protection up to $250,000
  • Expert witness/investigator fees
  • Minor children coverage
  • Lost wages reimbursement
  • Firearm confiscation payment
  • Incident scene clean-up fee
  • My FLP mobile app

Conclusion

That, essentially, is what each of these self-defense insurance plans offer: an advocate rather than just a public defender who might, or might not, have a full grasp of self-defense, much less any sympathy for an armed citizen. It might come as no shock at all to many people, but not all attorneys sympathize with gun owners who fire in self-defense.

People can take their chances with a public defender, or they can rely on the experts associated with these self-defense insurance membership programs. Clearly, a lot of thought went into each of these efforts, and the ultimate beneficiary is the armed citizen.


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1 COMMENT

  1. This is a good article but leaves a point or two out. Other articles have pointed out that many attorneys require a significant up-front fee to take a case. Others, maybe due to agreements with the insuring agency, will accept less to take a case. $25,000 may not even be enough to have an attorney return your call. Other insurance groups reimburse your expenses after acquittal but leave you open to all fees and costs up to that point. Attorneys don’t often like time pay plans so you might have to mortgage your house, sell your life insurance, and hock anything of value just getting to acquittal. Only then does your “insurance” come into play. It would help greatly to know how each of these operate and when they begin paying.

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