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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Markus Kaarma, a homeowner in Missoula, Montana, shot foreign exchange student Diren Dede when he caught the teen trespassing in his garage around midnight on April 27, 2014. Kaarma had been victim of a burglary just ten days before. With the perpetrator still at large, Kaarma became frustrated and angry with law enforcement, and he and his partner Janelle Pflager, according to prosecutors, decided to take matters into their own hands.

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Markus Kaarma shot Diren Dede while the teen was allegedly “garage hopping” -- raiding neighbors’ garage refrigerators for alcohol. By all accounts, Dede was stealing from Kaarma, and Kaarma was in his home. Generally speaking, thanks to the long-established Castle Doctrine, a person is seldom more justified in the use of deadly force than when they are defending against an intruder in their home. But with Kaarma’s admission that he’d been staying up “waiting to kill some (expletive) kids” in the wake of a burglary ten days earlier, Kaarma had damaged the forgivable subjectivity jurors often instill upon homeowners in self-defense cases.

Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Crime and Place is a great new app that is included with our Ultimate Plan. It is a useful tool for those who carry, and can help them determine historical crime statistics for an area.

Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Shortly before midnight on April 27, 2014, Markus Kaarma detected an intruder in his garage. Just ten days earlier, the Missoula, Montana resident had been the victim of a burglary -- someone snatched some valuable items from his garage, and the perpetrator was still at large. After the burglary, Jeanette Pflager, Kaarma’s partner and mother to his baby, installed a video baby monitor in the garage in the hopes that if someone tried to steal from them again, they’d be caught in the act. When Kaarma saw a dark figure in the monitor, he sprang to action. He grabbed a loaded shotgun he kept by the front door; he exited his house; and he fired four shots into his darkened garage.

Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"The Real Cost of a Lethal Self Defense Case" is now a course online at the CCW Safe Academy. The course is free for members, and is available to non members for $59.

Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017

We just finished the first case study of the Zimmerman criminal trial, and will be looking at these self defense case studies for lessons learned, and what actions may influence the investigation of a self defense case, and if criminal charges are filed. In the Zimmerman case, I don’t think that anyone could argue that George Zimmerman was positively impacted because of his shooting. Here are a few things to look at in this case.

Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017

Drills that focus on assessment, mental acuity and reaction time, make us better shooters and these drills are very important in helping us grow and evolve as concealed carriers.

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017

At its heart, the Zimmerman case was not a complicated legal matter. Given the circumstances, and considering Zimmerman’s physical injuries, establishing reasonable fear was not especially difficult. However, the media coverage and political pressure proved to complicate it and make it very controversial.

Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017

If you are involved in a shooting, what happens next? What do you say to responding officers or investigators? Will you be arrested? How long will it be until you are cleared of any crime? What happens if charges are filed? These are all legitimate questions in reference to being involved in a lethal self defense case. All shootings will be investigated, and self defense shootings are no different. There will be a process that you will go through, and this process could take some time. There will be interviews with you, witnesses, and even suspects. There will be a collection of physical and forensic evidence, and your account of the incident will be compared against all of those interviews and evidence. The seconds of your actions will be judged in hours and months by investigators and prosecutors.

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Police arrived moments after George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman immediately surrendered his weapon, identified himself as the shooter, and claimed the shooting was in self-defense. It was exactly the right thing to do.

Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017

Once again, we are in the midst of the busiest time of the year for many people, especially burglars and robbers. With the hustle and bustle of shopping, carting kids, and holiday events, comes more robberies, smash and grabs, scams and front porch finders keepers. We wanted to share some basic holiday tips for personal safety and for those who carry concealed.

Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017

The shooting of Trayvon Martin occurred along a walkway between two rows of townhomes in the neighborhood where Zimmerman lived. It was a public place -- a place Zimmerman had a right to be. Since he was breaking no laws, Florida’s use of force statues indicate that Zimmerman, if he had reasonable fear of great bodily harm or death, had no duty to retreat and could defend himself with deadly force.

Posted: Monday, December 4, 2017

Training. We believe in it. We encourage it. We practice it. Find good training and attend it. Even if you have to travel.

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017

We’ve established that Zimmerman had a legal right to be in the dark walkway between two blocks of townhomes in his own neighborhood, but the fact remains that Zimmerman chose to follow Martin. He chose to leave the relative safety of this vehicle to pursue him on foot, and he choose to stay in the dark, isolated space while waiting for the police. He would be judged for those decisions later.

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Today, we are proud to announce our new plans, which includes an add on for a dedicated civil liability coverage. Unlike the other insurance plans out there, the cost of your trial, which could easily be $500k or more in a civil lawsuit, won’t come out of that $1million. If you are a current CCW Safe member, don't worry, you can keep your existing plan as long as you want, AND you can now add on civil liability coverage.

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017

In every self-defense scenario, the location of the shooting is eminently important and can have a significant bearing on whether the shooter will face charges and whether the shooting is ultimately deemed justified.

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.

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