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We no longer send out plastic membership cards automatically to our members.  You can download our digital membership card that can be placed on your smartphone.  You can also print out your membership card from your account under "My Membership".   Plastic waterproof laminated cards are available on request by sending your name and email to david@ccwsafe.com, or by calling our support line at 855-639-2297.  If you are opted in for our newsletters, we will announce when the metal membership cards will be ready for purchase.  

Yes, we will cover you in a self defense shooting.  That being said, you are still responsible for every bullet that leaves your gun.  This is the same responsibility that follows law enforcement.  So many people think that law enforcement will fire if threatened, but part of the training is to make sure you are aware of the background.  If you can’t shoot safely, you don’t shoot.  Unless you are highly trained and experienced, you will most likely miss your target even at close range in a high-stress critical situation.  This is why scenario based training, not just range time, is so critical.

Some of the companies in our industry abandon you if you are found guilty or take a plea agreement, or may require you to reimburse the company for any payouts.  CCW Safe does not do either of these and will continue to pay for all of your defense costs if found guilty or take a plea. 

iPhone users can open the welcome email from CCW Safe on their iPhone and simply tap the Passbook image or on the link to Add to Passbook. Passbook is on every iphone and it is an apple app that can't be deleted.  If you cannot find it, you can swipe your home screen to the right and search for Passbook.  Once it opens in Passbook, tap add at the top.  

At the bottom corner of the digital card is a "i" information icon that members can tap to get more information, like the link to our ermergency phone number and terms.  

For Android users, you will need to download the free app Pass Wallet on the Google Play Store.  Click here for the link.  Like on the iPhone, you will need to open your email on your android phone to add to Pass Wallet.  

You can also log into your account at ccwsafe.com and go to My Membership > View Membership and you can email yourself a link to download on your phone. 

Great question, because other companies claim to provide emergency managers and critical incident personnel.  CCW Safe is the only company that provides Peer Support personnel that have experienced similar situations involving shootings and deadly force; and understand what you will be going through.  Providing immediate peer support is one of the most critical things to help you survive one of the worse incidents you may experience in your life.  Peer support for you and your family is and should be a long term process, and CCW Safe continues this service from your first call and through the end of trial.

No.  We do not provide a list of attorneys in specific areas, so the attorneys we hire are not forced to deal with general inquiry questions.  They each have their own firms and bill individuals a fee for all calls. We do not pay for the personal attorneys of members that have not been professionally vetted and researched by our National Trial Counsel Don West (ensuring they have lengthy experience in state and federal self-defense cases and are respected by local law enforcement and judicial personnel).  

Your attorney may personally request to be added to our list of approved attorneys by sending an email to support@ccwsafe.com.

No, we hire the most appropriate local attorney experienced in shooting, murder and self-defense cases, and we pay each one their regular rate of pay.  None of the attorneys used are paid a discounted rate.  You don’t need someone doing on-the-job training with your life on the line.  There is a plethora of information on our website with videos that explain the standards we hold the attorneys to that are hired for your case. All criminal defense attorneys are professionally selected, vetted and interviewed by National Trial Counsel, Don West.  Don distinguished himself as one of the lead counsel for George Zimmerman in one of the most significant self-defense case in U.S. History.

For a civil suit, our civilian attorneys are chosen for the specific issues arising from the incident and come from the ranks of DRI, Defense Research Institute. DRI is the most prestigious civil defense lawyers organization in the country.  Our civil defense attorneys are personally selected by our General counsel, Kyle Sweet. Kyle has a national practice representing insurance companies and their insureds in catastrophic litigation. Kyle has significant experience managing lawyers in complex multi-district litigation and that experience is based on the model that we hire the best lawyers because they get the best results for our members.

If you would like to submit an attorney to be considered for our services, please send information to support@ccwsafe.com 

You are covered in all 50 states following a life threatening attack and any place you can legally possess a firearm (home, vehicle, business, open carry, state training facility, etc.). The same coverage applies if you use any legal weapon other than a firearm, such as a weapon of opportunity (tire tool, hands, brick, etc.) and weaponless defense to the life threatening attack. If an uninvolved person is injured during your legal use of deadly force CCW Safe will still provide coverage but you need to understand that you are still accountable for each bullet that leaves your firearm.  Otherwise you are covered where you have a valid permit(s) or a state that honors the permit(s) through reciprocity.

CCW Safe will pay the Bail agent fee up to 10% of a $250,000.00 bond for all members at no additional cost (standard plan).  Under the additional bond coverage plan we will pay the Bail agent fee up to 10% of a $1 million dollar bond. We DO NOT pay the remainder of the bond cost (90%). The member must make the agreement with the bondsmen, if required. We would facilitate the bail and pay the premium (bail fee to get you out of jail). So, on a $100,000.00 bond it would be CCW Safe’s responsibility to pay up to a $10,000 Bond agent fee. The rest of that bond, if required, would be secured by collateral from the member.  Please understand that collateral is not always required to be paid.  Unless you are seen as a flight risk or have past criminal history, bond collateral may not be needed.

CCW Safe covers any and all of your legal defense costs with no caps, including civil defense trials.  We do not cover any damages awarded from a the criminal trial or judgments during the civil trial.  We know that a lot of the other companies in this industry use the civil suit as a scare tactic.  It just doesn’t happen as much as they make you believe, as they are rare.  Many states indemnify you from any civil trials if you are cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.  Yes, people might be able to file a lawsuit but when they are presented to a civil judge, they are eventually dismissed.  This is a scare tactic used in our industry and most of these companies have policies in place to deny you civil coverage if you are found guilty during the criminal proceedings.  With CCW Safe if you are found guilty or are forced to take a plea because of a bad decision to use your weapon, we do not leave you hanging.  We take on the next fight for you (an Appeal or Civil trial) at no additional costs and without forcing you to reimburse the criminal defense funds. 

George Zimmerman was not sued in civil court and it is arguably the most publicized case in U.S. history involving self-defense.  Don’t let this scare you into thinking it is going to happen to you if you have to use self-defense to defend a life threatening attack please protect yourself.  CCW Safe will not leave you hanging like the others.  It just doesn’t happen these days.  

Please take a look at this link:  http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/07/self-defense-immunity-laws-which-states-protect-you-best/

No.  If you are acting as security for the church, paid or volunteer, then the church would be responsible for covering an incident on their property.  Even if you are part of a volunteer security force or team, you would be acting as their agent.

Will you cover me if I carry into a private business that has no guns allowed signs posted?

You will not be covered in any place where by simply possessing a firearm is against federal or state law.  We require that our members must carry within federal laws and the laws within their state or states they are traveling through.  People have a choice in what they eat, where they shop, etc, and if they disagree with that they can exercise that right by going elsewhere.

 

The Dual Plan covers two people living under the same roof who both have a valid CCW permit or license from one of the 50 states.  There is a Provisional exception for a spouse (legal husband or wife only) in which they can be covered without a permit in the home, car and any legal place you may posses a firearm without a permit.  There is not a dual plan that covers LE/Military servicemen and spouse.  If you are a LE/Military couple you must join under the regular Dual Membership, which offers a discount very close to the price of purchasing 2 military/LE memberships.

To qualify for the military plan, you must be active duty, retired after 20 years or medically retired from a service related injury and provide supporting documentation.  We appreciate all of our veterans yet the Military discount has to closely meet the requirements of law enforcement therfore veterans with less than 20-year retirement must join under the standard plan.  We do periodically announce a discount for all veterans on certain military holidays presented by our associate and friend Larry Vickers.

To qualify for the LE plan, you must be a commissioned peace officer, local, state or federal, with the full-time powers of arrest and the ability to carry a firearm under your commissioned status 24/7.  Those active officers are only covered for off-duty self-defense incidents in response to a lide threatening attack.  Active officers must place the information of their agency state, name of agency and their commission/badge number in the space provided on the website for "permit/license and HR218" information.   

If retired LE, you must be able to show support documentation and be carrying under LEOSA or with a CCW permit. 

The following occupations DO NOT qualify for the plan and must join under the standard plan: EMTs, Firemen, Emergency workers that are not LE, Correction Officers (that are not under LEOSA), Security guards, Paid or Volunteer Security officers, Bond Agents, Body Guards, Firearms Instructors, or any other person that does not fall under the definition of "Qualified law enforcement officer" through federal LEOSA guidelines.

Once you join CCW Safe, you will immediately be covered upon successful payment.  You will receive an email with a link to your new digital membership card. If you have a Dual member please add them by inviting them sending to a separate email address.  Your digital membership card can be added to your Apple or Google wallet on your phone, or you can print a copy out.  We do not send out plastic cards anymore due to the high cost associate with sending to all members. We opted to go with the Digital Membership Cards rather than raise our prices.  Your digital membership card has a scan code that will soon offer our members discounts and coupons for local gun ranges and go toward training classes.  You will need to "Opt In" to text and newsletter notifications to recieve the discounts and coupons, which can be done under your account profile.  

Make note of the Emergency Number and save it to your contacts separately to your phone.  On the bottom corner of the digital membership card, you can tap on the information icon (i) which will bring up a screen with our emergency call center and you can dial by tapping on the number.  The emergency call center is available to our members 24 hours a day, and is ONLY to be used for emergencies.  Upon calling the emergency call center, you will immediately be patched through to an attorney, who will advise you on what steps to take next, and will initiate the critical response team.  If there has been a shooting or deadly use of force, our critical response team will be activated and respond to your location.  Response times vary based on your location, however, in the past we have had boots on the ground within hours.  

Our members will also receive access to members only content on the site in the near future.   Please stay informed and engage on our social media (Facebook, Youtube, etc.).  Weekly information is shared through our newsletter and is archieved on the "News" section on our website.

You can print the "Terms of Service" at any time from the website.  

In the event of a critical self defense incident, you would call the CCW Safe emergency hotline number located on your digital card or your requested plastic card.  You would call this number in a critical self-defense incident only (a use of force involving death or injury, an arrest following threat of deadly force without injury,etc.).  If it is a non-emergency incident, please call 855-639-2297 (24/7).

After you login to your CCW Safe account, you will see your profile details under My Account on the top menu bar, and then selecting My Profile.  On your profile page you can update your personal information, your password, and you can opt in or out of our newsletter and text message notifications.  

Under My Account, you can view your subscription and your membership cards.

Under My Subscriptions, you can see your active subscription information and expiration date.  

Under My Memberships, you can see your membership card and you can generate a link to be sent to your email in order to add to your Apple, Android, or Google Wallet, or to print a copy.  If you have any trouble, please contact one of our account specialists at the main office number (405-771-0705) or support@ccwsafe.com.  During business hours (M-F 8AM to 5PM CST) email is the fastest way to contact us.  Expect all after hours non-emeregency requests through email and voicemail to be answered the next business day. 

There are many things that can cause your membership payment to fail.  Your credit card may have expired, your billing address may not match the address where your credit card is registered to, you may have received a new chip card, you may have changed your subscription to on hold or cancelled, your bank may have put a hold on your card due to what they think may be fraudulent activity, etc…  Please keep your payment methods updated so that your automatic renewals will complete without a failure.

CCW Safe is a legal service membership plan that has a huge membership base in all 50 states and an A+ rating with the BBB.  We have the strongest model, the "Police Union Model" that has been tested and is most similar in resources and response to what active police officers  receive when they are involved in on-duty shootings.  CCW Safe also has the most experienced staff with experts in managing catostrophic litigation, crime scene investigation, use of force investigations, attorney selection, peer support and critical response through the Critical Incident Command System.  
Effective January 1, 2017 CCW Safe established a Captive Insurance Company, called 2A Insurance. You can visit the website 2Ainsurance.com This is exciting news because now every one of CCW Safe's membership are backed by a policy by CCW Safe’s insurance policies with 2A Insurance, but also a re-insurance policy that 2A Insurance purchases through Port Royal Insurance Ltd. SAC. We were able to get this done with no new cost to our members; you do not need to purchase 2A insurance separately.
2A Insurance Company, a Segregated Account of Madison First Property and Casualty, Ltd., is a Captive Insurance Company started by CCW Safe, LLC to provide an "Insuranced-backed" funding mechanisn for the payment of claims for covered legal services and related costs and expenses incurred by CCW Safe in defense of its members.  2A Insurance is managed by Hamilton Captive Management.  2A Insurance has further entered into a reinsurance Agreement and Share treaty with port Royal Insurance Company, Ltd. SAC, whereby Port Royal provides reinsurance coverage to 2A Insurance Co. for claims that have potential for heavy cost outlays.  
2A Insurance Company is committed to providing the funding and insurance based financial management infrastructure to make CCW Safe the industry leader in legal services membership plans for the concealed carry community.  CCW Safe is the company with the greatest financial security to finance claims and meet the needs of members.  Creating 2A Insurance solidifies CCW Safe as the clear choice for anyone seeking self-defense legal services coverage.  Any further questions on 2A Insurance Company please contact CCW Safe attention General Counsel Kyle Sweet (support@ccwsafe.com).



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