A new insurance plan has been introduced by the National Rifle Association offering its millions of members liability coverage should a situation arise where they are compelled to shoot someone.
The Carry Guard plan, which would protect gun owners from incurring expenses related to a shooting incident, was announced by the NRA at its annual convention in April.
In an interview with Politico, Josh Powell, chief of staff and executive director of general operations for the NRA, said, “We live in a litigious society. The bad guys come to your house and you gotta use your gun and then you end up paying a hundred thousand dollars to protect yourself.”
On the Carry Guard website, potential customers will find warnings regarding the perils one might face in the legal system following a shooting.
“I want you to think of it this way. There is a whole team of lawyers attached to every bullet that leaves the barrel of your weapon,” Curriculum Development Director James Jarrett asserted in a training video. “If the suspect goes down, even if you’re justified in shooting, I guarantee you the world is going to come crashing down on you.”
According to The Hill, Carry Guard is available in all 50 states and has three tiers of coverage—bronze, silver and gold—with annual premiums ranging up to $360. Rates are not dependent of the number of guns owned by an applicant, nor the level of firearms training they have acquired.
President Trump spoke at the NRA’s national conference in April where he said, “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House.”
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