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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017

Both castle doctrine and stand your ground laws are designed to eliminate the need for crime victims to have to take the time to consider whether they could get away from the criminal or whether they have other options to protect themselves, such as calling 911 or hiding in a locked bedroom. These laws are supposed to protect gun owners, because the time you spend considering your options could result in your death. However, the actual protection provided by these laws varies greatly. The versions of them that actually protect you from prosecution or from juries hearing about your “other options” are rare.

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017

In this new, ongoing Legal Case Analysis, we will be exploring twelve notable self-defense cases and identifying how location, escalation, reasonable fear, and post-incident actions factored into the legal defense of the shooter. Since the Zimmerman case is perhaps the most well-known self-defense case, we've asked our own Don West to help us glean lessons that may inform concealed carriers in the CCW Safe network.

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017

We have some exciting announcements coming soon on new plans, and we wanted to give everyone a heads up on them. Now, if you are a current CCW Safe member, whatever plan you are on, you will be able to keep that plan for as long as you want. Repeat, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR EXISTING PLANS AS LONG AS YOU WANT!

Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017

We have teamed up with Larry Vickers from Vickers Tactical to offer a 20% discount for all new members of CCW Safe. This special is in honor of all Veterans who have served to defend our great country. This special will run through Sunday, so be sure to take advantage of this offer before Monday. Thank you to all who have served and contiue to serve, God Bless, and stay safe!

Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017

CCW would like to honor the memory of Col. John R. Burks U.S. Army (ret) who passed away November 2 2017. Col. Burks proudly served his country with a four-decade military career and his involvement spanned four significant conflicts in U.S. history: World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a 1940 graduate of Wynnewood High School, also in Oklahoma, he joined the Army Air Corps shortly after high school.

Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017

We are excited to announce the launch of CCW Safe Academy, a new online training division of CCW Safe. This is an additional benefit for CCW Safe members, as members will be able to access the courses for free, or at a greatly discounted rate. Non members can access the courses as paid content. Courses will range between $59 and $129 depending upon the course and instructor.

Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Training, according to the Webster dictionary, “is a process by which someone is taught the skills that are needed for an art, profession, or job.” The Webster dictionary also states that it is “the process by which an athlete prepares for competition by exercising, practicing, etc.” So why do we train? This may sound like a rhetorical question to some, but it is an honest question and one that we need to answer honestly.

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from all my work on self-defense cases, is that all self-defense shootings -- even the justifiable shootings -- are tragedies. One life is taken. Many other lives, including the shooter's, are turned upside down. Self-defense is a right, but carrying a gun is an awesome responsibility. Learning from the lessons of others will help concealed carriers avoid unnecessary conflicts -- and when conflict is inevitable, these lessons will help illustrate the fine line between self-defense and murder.

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Virtually every self-defense case begins with a conflict that escalates to the point of violence. And in virtually every self-defense case, there are choices made that either escalate or de-escalate the conflict. While the castle doctrine and “stand-your-ground” remove the duty to retreat from some self-defense claims -- cops, judges, and juries are still free to judge a shooter for every action taken to escalate a conflict, and even every missed opportunity to de-escalate.

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Virtually every self-defense case begins with a conflict that escalates to the point of violence. And in virtually every self-defense case, there are choices made that either escalate or de-escalate the conflict. While the castle doctrine and “stand-your-ground” remove the duty to retreat from some self-defense claims -- cops, judges, and juries are still free to judge a shooter for every action taken to escalate a conflict, and even every missed opportunity to de-escalate.

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

I’ve identified four elements to a self-defense case that have been important in every trial I’ve witnessed. They are: the location of the shooting; the escalation of conflict; reasonable fear; and what the shooter did immediately following the shooting. Today, we will talk about the first element: Location.

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Do you think the Second Amendment protects your right to “keep and bear arms” outside your own home? Earlier in 2017, the United States Supreme Court refused to answer this question. With its refusal, the Court failed to protect millions of Americans who live in states where carrying a firearm outside a personal residence is severely restricted by law. Those states include California. The California lawsuit saga began in 2009, when five California gun owners filed suit in a case called Peruta v. San Diego to attempt to get the court system’s help with their state’s out-of-control gun control laws. Their battle ended in 2017 with the Supreme Court’s refusal to provide much-needed guidance to our lower courts on our right to carry.

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When we examine self-defense cases, looking for lessons for the concealed carrier, we all too often find that shootings -- even when justified -- could have been avoided. It’s much easier to find examples of shootings gone wrong than it is to find examples where potentially deadly encounters were de-escalated. That’s why a comment from CCW Safe member Lee Bartlett from Texas caught our attention.

Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Don West, National Trial Counsel for CCW Safe, talks about the initial interview and charges in the Maddox case. After defending his life three times from an attacker, Stephen called 911 to report the attacks, the shooting, and request assistance. When police arrived, they talked to Stephen on scene, then transported him to the police station to interview him further. He had never been in any kind of trouble before, and certainly never had to defend himself in a violent encounter.

Posted: Monday, October 2, 2017

In this video, Stephen Maddox talks about how he heard about and joined CCW Safe. He initially heard a commercial for another company, and decided to do his own research. It was clear to him that CCW Safe had the best solution, and now, after actually using the services, he is clear that it is the best choice.

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Steve Maddox talks about the response time he receive from CCW Safe. He talks about the day after he was arrested for Murder I after defending himself three times. He talks about the attorneys that CCW Safe found for him, and how they came to talk to him the day after, which was a Sunday. He also talks about the CCW Safe critical response team that responded and met with his family and employer.

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Experience

In the latest video series "In Self-Defense: The Maddox Case", we have shown the advantage of having experience in dealing with the aftermath of a shooting on various levels. We have demonstrated this in the response, in legal matters, in evidentiary matters, and in financial commitment.
Experience in Response: Having someone experienced in what you are, and will be going through, is very important. In fact, it is priceless. Being certified in peer support, or critical stress response is one thing, but there's no comparison to actually having a face to face with someone who has experience in using deadly force in a self-defense setting. CCW Safe's critical response team actually responds to the location of our members. They have all personally been ...

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

CCW Safe is the first company to successfully defend a Murder I self defense case against a member involving a full trial. In this case involving Stephen Maddox, the financial cost that was taken off the member and was fully paid for by CCW Safe, was over $300,000. This burden removed from Stephen, our member, was able to greatly help him and his family during this time, as he lost his job due to the incident. Butt it did not remove the emotional and mental toll that took place over the nearly 2 year process from incident to trial.

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017

Steve Maddox talks about the response time he receive from CCW Safe. He talks about the day after he was arrested for Murder I after defending himself three times. He talks about the attorneys that CCW Safe found for him, and how they came to talk to him the day after, which was a Sunday. He also talks about the CCW Safe critical response team that responded and met with his family and employer.

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

In this week's video, Attorney Tartt Thomas makes a great point in talking about defense resources in a criminal trial. "It's not an equal playing field, the state has unlimited resources, they can get anything that they want." He goes on to say that if Stephen Maddox would not have had the resources made possible by CCW Safe, he believes that he would have been put into a situation where he most likely would have had to accept a plea.

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Kurt Schmidt, one of the attorneys for Stephen Maddox, talks about the benefit of having Don West, National Trial Counsel for CCW Safe, involved in the case. Don was instrumental in finding Thomas Law to represent Stephen on day one and continued to be part of the case until he was found not guilty.

Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017

Tart Thomas, one of the attorneys for Stephen Maddox, talks about the money that was spent on the Maddox case. Thomas explains that $300,000 was spent on the defense of Stephen, and without those resources, there could have been a very differnt outcome. "We needed every penny of it." Tartt explains. "$125,000, while it is a lot of money, that is going to be used up quickly in a self defense case."

Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel, Don West, talks about his duties in selecting attorneys for CCW Safe members who are in need of assistance. You need experienced attorneys involved as soon as possible. Once you go to jail everything in your life changes. You have no control over how you can contact the outside world, phone calls are recorded, and how you conduct yourself in the first few days, can have an impact on your bail hearing, and possibly the entire case.

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017

Attorney Tartt Thomas, with Thomas Law in Wilson North Carolina, talks about the stakes in the Steven Maddox case. Tartt Thomas and Kurt Schmidt both represented Stephen, and knew well the stakes that Stephen faced. “If he were found guilty, he would die in prison. Whether that was in five years or 15 years, he would die in prison.” Thomas said.

Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel, Don West, explains the response member Steven Maddox received after finding himself forced to use self defense. Don relays how the CCW Safe team evaluated the case and put a self defense plan into motion. CCW Safe hired the best attorneys in the jurisdiction, arranged bail for Steven’s release, investigators, and forensics experts to put on an aggressive self defense resulting in a not guilty jury verdict.

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