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The Hidden Costs of Concealed Carry

Concealed carry can be more expensive than you might think. Find out the most important things to know before you get your CCW permit or purchase your firearm.

Staff Report May 10, 2023
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The Hidden Costs of Concealed Carry

Think back to the day you actually made the move to purchase and responsibly carry a concealed firearm. Most of us can relate to the gulp moment of making a major purchase. The one with a couple extra zeros tacked on at the end. Think first home, new vehicle, a few acres for getting away or a really good hunting dog. Even an entry-level shooting pistol required a little comparison-shopping.

Often lost in the excitement and pride of purchase are the after-market costs of being a responsible owner of any of those items. Each one requires a level of on-going maintenance and expertise as well as proper training to get the most out of them.

Grass getting long? Mow it.

Vehicle running rough? Tune it.

Dog running wild? Train it.

Being a concealed carry weapon holder? Hold on for the twist!

Even if you never use your handgun in a defensive situation, its mere presence could end up costing you time and money in legal fees and defending yourself against unsubstantiated claims of use.

That's the situation being answered by Tim Schmidt, the founder and president of the United States Concealed Carry Association. The USCCA is a member-owned organization that provides education and training to be a responsible (heavy-emphasis on responsible) gun owner. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, they also have a self-defense insurance plan designed to cover the legal costs and lost wages that can occur when members are forced to defend themselves.

The idea of preparing to defend ourselves physically is a frequent message and one most can grasp easily. Preparing financially to defend yourself is quite another matter. Monthly expenses like rent or mortgage, food, and fuel are the first items on our checklist. Saving for legal fees and lost work are equations we don't care to calculate.

The USCCA, started in 2003 and currently with over 200,000 members, uses a three-pronged approach in its mission to create responsible gun owners.

The first is education. The USCCA website currently has thousands of free articles and videos, covering topics such as self and home defense, women and guns, as well as news and current events.

Next is training. The USCCA provides materials and seminars on concealed carry laws, home and self-defense methods as well e-learning modules that can be completed at home.

Finally, USCCA provides members with the Self-Defense SHEILD program designed to keep responsible gun owners from suffering the legal and financial setbacks that can occur when forced to defend themselves. Even if they don't use their weapon.

Beyond trigger locks, gun safes and regular maintenance. Even if you carefully reviewed the price of ammo, licenses, accessories and upkeep, being a responsible owner comes with one additional cost. USCCA believes that responsible gun ownership is a fundamental right and is committed to using their three areas of focus in education, training and insurance to preserve it.

To learn more about the USCCA and discover the alarming truth of how much using your gun to protect your family could end up costing YOU simply click The Hidden Cost Of Proving Your Innocence 

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