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Our staff at CCW Safe has over 75 years of police experience collectively and have all been involved in hundreds of violent encounters. A few of us, in a police capacity, were forced to use deadly force and were unsuccessfully sued for our lawful actions. Although those instances were unavoidable, we have all over the past 20 years employed techniques daily to prevent being the cause of a deadly encounter. And in our collective experience, those who are best trained and are most comfortable in their abilities.. use less force and do not launch themselves into unnecessary deadly encounters. In continuing to help make our members be their own risk managers we wanted to introduce “7 Tips to Prevent a Deadly Encounter.”

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018

"In Self Defense" podcast by Don West and Shawn Vincent on the Gasser case is now available.

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018

This case of the week involves a vicious bare-handed attack in the back of a Milwaukee restaurant that was stopped by an employee wielding a handgun: The scene is in the cooking area of the restaurant where two women are working, one closer to the camera than the other. A large black male enters the frame just below the camera, stepping behind the counter. He throws a vicious punch into the face of the closer woman, who reels back in stunned pain. The male continues to advance on the second woman.

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018

In the recent "The Art of De-Escalation" course that was added at the CCW Safe Academy, Co-Founder and CEO Mike Darter talks about a couple things that can get concealed carriers in trouble, even if a legitimate threat exists.

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Stan Campbell, Co-Founder and COO of CCW Safe, talks about 10 things to remember if you are involved in a self defense shooting. Stan is a retired police lieutenant, and has trained over 4000 police officers and citizens as an instructor in self-defense, use of force and de-escalation techniques.

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018

Immediately after the shooting, Gasser exited his vehicle, still carrying his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson. Wendell Sam witnessed the shooting and saw McKnight laying between cars, still moving. When Sam and another witness started rendering aid to McKnight, Gasser put his sidearm down, but made no effort to call 911 or to help. Prosecutors raised the issue of Gasser’s lack of action at trial; he seemed more concerned with justifying his actions than he did with the fate of the man he shot.

Posted: Friday, July 6, 2018

This week’s case is a recent criminal trial sentencing out of Connecticut that purportedly involves principles of “Stand-Your-Ground,” but that in reality, of course, has nothing to do with “Stand-Your-Ground” at all.

Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

In the recent "The Art of De-Escalation" course that was added at the CCW Safe Academy, Co-Founder and CEO Mike Darter talks about a couple things that can get concealed carriers in trouble, even if a legitimate threat exists.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018

Immediately after the shooting, Gasser exited his vehicle, still carrying his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson. Wendell Sam witnessed the shooting and saw McKnight laying between cars, still moving. When Sam and another witness started rendering aid to McKnight, Gasser put his sidearm down, but made no effort to call 911 or to help. Prosecutors raised the issue of Gasser’s lack of action at trial; he seemed more concerned with justifying his actions than he did with the fate of the man he shot.

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018

This case of the week involves the recent murder trial of a Texas man, Terry Thompson, who got into a barehanded fight with a drunk, John Hernandez, in a Denny’s parking lot. Thompson ended up choking Hernandez to death, and being tried on charges of murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide. That trial ended days ago in a mistrial when the jury was unable to arrive at a unanimous verdict, and the prosecution has already announced his intent to re-try the case.

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Ronald Gasser had been involved in a five-mile “tit-for-tat road rage” incident with former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight when Gasser found himself boxed in at a red light. McKnight got out of the car, approached Gasser, and leaned into his open driver’s side window. Gasser fired three shots from his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, killing McKnight with a round to his chest.

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018

This week’s case of the week is, unusually, not an appellate court decision, but rather a recently concluded trial out of the town of Walker, Louisiana, which was brought to my attention by one of our Law of Self Defense Instructor Program graduates, and that I felt raised some interesting legal issues. The case involves a homeowner who successfully disarms a home invader, and then seizes defeat from the jaws of victory by exceeding the boundaries of lawful self-defense.

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ronald Gasser shot former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight in broad daylight at a busy intersection in a suburb of New Orleans on December 1, 2016. After a five mile “tit-for-tat mutual road rage” incident, McKnight exited his vehicle and leaned into Gasser’s car. Gasser fired three shots from his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, killing McKnight. After eight hours of questioning, investigators released Gasser based on his self-defense claim. However, when witness statements and forensic evidence was found to refute some of Gasser’s claims, authorities arrested the 56-year-old on charges of second degree murder.

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018

We are pleased to announce, along with our new partnership with Andrew Branca, and The Law Of Self Defense, we will be publishing part of his "Case Of The Week" podcast for our members and followers.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CCW Safe is happy to announce a new partnership with Andrew Branca, attorney and author of "The Law of Self Defense". CCW Safe members can now receive a free copy of his book, "The Law of Self Defense", for the shipping cost of only $7.95. This paperback book normally sells for $24.95, and is a must have for anyone who carries in self defense. Members will receive an email on how to obtain your free copy, so make sure to check your email for the offer. If you are not currently opted in, you can log into your account on this site and do so, or you can login and check your passes under your account.

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018

After a five-mile “tit-for-tat mutual road rage” incident, former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight got out of his car at a red light and confronted 56-year-old Ronald Gasser. It’s a matter of debate whether McKnight simply rested his forearms on the opened window of Gasser’s car as the prosecution said, or whether McKnight lunged at Gasser as the defense claimed. What was not in dispute, however, is that Gasser fired his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol three times, striking McKnight in his right shoulder, his hands and, fatally, his chest.

Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018

56-year-old Louisiana man Ronald Gasser had been arrested for a road rage incident before. In 2006, a motorist dialed the “How's My Driving?” bumper sticker on Gasser's work truck to complain. The number went to Gasser's cell phone, and he took umbrage with the criticism. At the intersection of Holmes Boulevard and Behrman Highway -- just outside New Orleans -- Gasser got out of his truck and confronted the motorist, punching him several times in the head and body.

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Don West, National Trial Counsel for CCW Safe, talks with litigation consultant Shawn Vincent, in this weeks episode of "In Self Defense". The two talk about the first three shootings, which all happened in residences, and the Castle Doctrine.

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Larry Vickers, retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran, and firearms community advisor for CCW Safe, talks about his thoughts on sights for handguns and carbines.

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018

The loud banging woke Wafer, who had fallen asleep in front of the television. He frantically looked for his cell phone, but unable to find it, reached instead for his pistol-grip Mossberg shotgun and confronted the “shadowy figure” he saw through the peephole at his front door. When he opened the door, McBride tried to push through the locked screen door, and Wafer fired his shotgun, striking her in the face, killing her instantly.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

The loud banging woke Wafer, who had fallen asleep in front of the television. He frantically looked for his cell phone, but unable to find it, reached instead for his pistol-grip Mossberg shotgun and confronted the “shadowy figure” he saw through the peephole at his front door. When he opened the door, McBride tried to push through the locked screen door, and Wafer fired his shotgun, striking her in the face, killing her instantly.

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Larry Vickers, retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran, and firearms community advisor for CCW Safe, talks about his thoughts on 9mm for personal defense.

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018

When Ted Wafer was awoken at 3:45 A.M. by loud banging on his front door, he grabbed his pistol-grip Mossberg shotgun and opened the front door to confront the “shadowy figure” he had seen through the peephole. The “shadowy figure” turned out to be 19-year-old Renisha McBride, and Wafer had no way of knowing she was drunk, high, and suffering from an injury sustained in a single-driver accident hours before. When she tried to push through the locked screen door, the shotgun discharged, striking McBride in the face and killing her instantly.

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Larry Vickers, retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran, and firearms community advisor for CCW Safe, talks about his thoughts on firearms for home defense. There are three different firearms he talks about, with one being split into two sub sets.

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018

Ted Wafer was startled awake at 3:45 A.M. by violent pounding on the doors of his house in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights. It’s a neighborhood that had endured a rising crime rate over the twenty years that Wafer called it home. He lived there alone. It takes very little imagination to understand why Wafer was “upset” and “scared” -- words he used in court to describe his state of mind.

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2018

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