Gun sales are up by 80% when compared to March of last year. But the big question is, do all these people have adequate legal coverage should they ever have to use their gun in self defense?

 In my professional experience, people by the hundreds take all the necessary steps to equip themselves with the tools needed to defend themselves and their loved ones, but only a few percent of them get themselves the legal protection they will need should they ever have to use their gun.

In the month of March 2020, an estimated 2.4 million out of 3.7 million firearms background checks were processed for gun sales. That’s an 80% increase over March of last year. The week beginning March 16th saw 1.2 million total firearms background checks processed. This breaks all previous records going back to 1998.

It is clear that people want to be prepared should things start to go south amid the COVID-19 pandemic America is in the middle of, and I applaud them. They are exercising the very right they have to obtain and use the tools necessary to defend themselves in the case of a home invasion, some insane crazed toilet paper hoarder, or anything in between.

The sad reality is they don’t have the slightest inkling of their state’s laws or self defense law. Combine that with inexperience. The risk of making a mistake is extremely high.


“Be responsible enough to not put your family in jeopardy because you rescued them from being in jeopardy.”



With their experience level this low, it’s no surprise they haven’t thought through how they would pay for a legal defense should they ever have to defend themselves. What’s worse, they haven’t got the slightest clue how much that would even cost. For the record, the cost is upwards towards the $350k to $500k mark. And that is just for the criminal trial. There will always be a civil trial that follows, and make no mistake, they usually win. You are looking at upwards towards $1 million awarded to the family of the thug that tried to kill you. Yep.

Where’s all that money going to come from? Your life savings? Your assets? 

Please do not make this mistake. If you have firearms for self defense – or worse – you carry concealed on a regular basis, you absolutely must get some sort of coverage to cover your legal expenses should you every need to use your firearm. If not, you may have just saved your life by using your gun, but you also have pretty much ended it financially by using it just the same.

Please do not make this mistake. Be responsible enough to not put your family in jeopardy because you rescued them from being in jeopardy. You insure your cars, your house, your life, your boat, etc. Why then would you be so foolish to have a gun and not carry the coverage you’ll need in case you have to use it?

I used to be a USCCA member for my legal protection, but have recently switched to CCW SafeCCW Safe is far superior to the USCCA because there are no caps to your coverage. If it costs $600,000 for your defense, CCW Safe covers it. The USCCA’s best plan caps out at $250,000; your bail, expert witnesses, and all other legal fees are deducted from that $250,000. Not with CCW Safe. They cover it all – every single penny of it.

With self defense comes enormous liability. Can you afford the half million you’ll need to defend yourself in court? How about the civil suit that will follow?
Don’t be foolish in thinking you can afford to defend yourself. Get the legal protection you need before you need it.

Joe Shahoud is the owner and lead instructor at Safe Family Defense LLC, a firearms training academy that serves the greater Columbia, SC area specializing in pistol, concealed weapons permits, and general education in personal safety. 

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