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About Us

  • Mike Darter Co Founder- CEO

    Mike was a police officer in Oklahoma City from 1991-2001, and a federal contractor for the DOJ from 2001-2011.  During his career, Mike investigated and testified in hundreds of violent crimes, including shootings, homicides, and other violent felony crimes.  Mike was involved in a shooting as a police officer and went through a lawsuit from that shooting.  The lawsuit was later dismissed, but his experience is what led to the creation of CCW Safe.   

  • Kyle Sweet Co- Founder, General Counsel

    Kyle has defended many of the largest insurance companies and health systems in the United States in catastrophic injury cases. Kyle has won national Attorney of the Year on two occasions for two of the largest systems in the area. Kyle also defends Police Officers in Use of Force cases, in-custody deaths, and allegations of police brutality. Kyle has partnered with CCW Safe to deploy the CCW Safe Critical Response System to law enforcement agencies in Officer Involved Shootings throughout the region. 
  • Stan Campbell Co-Founder, COO

    Stan has spent over 25 years developing and teaching self-defense, tactics, de-escalation techniques and other curriculum for police and citizens (training over 4,000 officers) Stan teaches de-escalation to police, citizens and young people with autism for the purpose of decreasing violent and deadly force outcomes during police encounters (this is under two programs “Spectrum Shield” and “De-escalating Officer Patrol Encounters” which he is the co-founder).  Stan has worked hundreds of use of force cases as a police lieutenant and sits as the Chairman of the CCW Safe Claims Committee. 

“There’s no substitute for the right training and experience when it comes to defending yourself against an unlawful attack. The same is true when you need the help of an attorney to defend against criminal charges. Lawyers win cases because of hard work and by knowing what they are doing.“

-Don West

WHAT WE DO

CCW Safe is a legal service membership plan that was designed for CCW permit/license holders, active/retired military, law enforcement officers, and gun owners. We are not an insurance plan, we are a legal defense service plan. CCW Safe takes on the burden of the expenses associated with defending a self-defense/use of force critical incident. These expenses can include attorneys fees, investigators, experts, and other associated costs, such as depositions, document fees, trial exhibits, and more. CCW Safe does not have the conflicts of an insurance product because the company is designed to indemnify the cost of the incident and not the outcome of a trial. It is not a reimbursement package and no money is required to be paid back to the company regardless of the outcome. You are covered where your permit is honored in all states and Washington DC (New Jersey, New York, and Washington excluded).  CCW Safe members will not have any out of pocket expenses associated with defending a self defense incident, nor will they be limited by a policy cap on defense costs. 

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Don West

National Trial Counsel

Don is a board certified criminal trial specialist with 35 years experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer. He has extensive experience representing those who have had to defend themselves against unlawful and potentially lethal attacks and has personally tried many deadly force self defense cases during his career, most notably as co-counsel in the highly publicized defense of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

  • Gary Eastridge

    Critical Incident Coordinator/Affiliate Manager

    Gary is a retired law enforcement officer. He started with the Oklahoma City Police Department in February 1979, retiring in 2000 as an Inspector in the Homicide Unit. Gary also served as a department firearms instructor after receiving his CLEET certification in 1986. After retirement he worked as a police officer with the International Police Task Force (IPTF) in support of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Gary worked homicides with counterparts from 53 nations as well as mentoring local Police officers. Gary was named Chief Investigator for the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office in January of 2007, where he served until his retirement in April of 2017 to accept his position with CCW Safe. He reviewed all officer involved shootings occurring in Oklahoma County as well as in custody deaths and other significant and high profile investigations / prosecutions.


Your Success Defines Our Future...

The defense our members are provided is the most important thing in the CCW Safe business model.  CCW Safe includes a critical response team for members made up of former homicide detectives with real life experience and have themselves been involved in shootings as police officers.  The critical response team will work with the National Trial Counsel in securing local counsel to defend our members, and work with bail bondsmen if needed.  

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