Over the past decade or so we've seen the invention of a new service related to the firearms industry. The need was to have attorneys and the cash to pay for them, when armed citizens are charged with crimes related to their own self-defense. Recent events, namely those transpiring because the NRA dis-invited the USCCA from their convention earlier this year, caused us to look at many of these programs and go over them with a finer tooth comb to show the differences.
We will continue to update this chart as we notice changes in the industry, but bear with us if you notice anything before we do. And, if you see something that has changed, as we assume it will because this is an ever competitive market, please let us know so we can change it in the chart.
This chart was last updated September 8, 2017:
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To find out more or read up on the different programs listed, you can do so at the following links, leading to their respective pages:
How much the program costs to be a member, either monthly or yearly. Some programs have different tiers, so make sure you check the coverage you choose.
Money given for temporary release if charged with a crime.
Choose Attorney —
Some programs allow you to choose your lawyer, others will assign one to you.
Attorney's Fees —
How much money, both civil and criminal, the program covers.
Civil Damages —
Money paid to plaintiff.
Any Legal Weapon —
If you don't have access to your gun, but can get to a fry pan and use that for self-defense, is it covered? Some will, some won't.
Expert Witness —
Sometimes outside opinions, like ballistics experts, etc., are needed to prove a point.
50 State Coverage —
Can you be covered in all 50 states?
Ongoing training —
What, if any, additional training materials are included.
Available Nationwide —
This really only applies to US Law Shield, as their program is only available in a handful amount of states.
24/7 Hotline —
Is someone there for you at 2 am Christmas morning?
Spousal/family coverage —
Are your family members included in your plan?
Will the company give you money straight away or is it reimbursement based? Reimbursement programs will only pay you after the case has been decided in court and then only if you are found innocent.
Firearms Loss —
Is the loss of your gun included in the price you pay?
Lower Tiers —
Are there any cheaper options if you can only afford so much?
Attorney Access —
If you have a question, can you reach someone to answer it for you?
That about does it. Keep in mind that we'll be monitoring this and updating it whenever we hear of a change. Have a question or see a correction we need to make? Click here to contact us.