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What Law-Abiding Gun Owners Should Know About the USCCA


The USCCA is the nation’s fastest-growing organization dedicated to educating, training and providing legal protection for responsibly armed Americans. Founded in 2003, the USCCA exists solely to serve and support more than 400,000 members who have the commitment and courage to be their families’ first lines of defense.

But the USCCA is so much more:

It was built by and for real people who believe in something bigger than the right to bear arms. Here is how USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt describes the U.S. Concealed Carry Association:

“We are a group of proud Americans who believe, ‘If it is to be, it’s up to me.’ Others will gladly shrug off their responsibility to protect and defend their loved ones … but we don’t, and we will always come to the defense of those in need.

We understand evil will always exist, and that is why we remain vigilant with our training, awareness and preparation. We believe in hard work, grit and discipline.

We are responsibly armed Americans. And we’re ready for YOU to join us.

Resources for Everyone Who Owns or Carries a Gun for Protection


If you believe in your right to self-defense, you have a responsibility to learn how to do it safely, effectively and legally. The USCCA offers the three things every protector needs:

Access industry-leading education to prepare yourself for the unthinkable. Develop situational awareness skills, sharpen your defensive mindset and understand laws that govern your rights.

Access industry-leading education to prepare yourself for the unthinkable. Develop situational awareness skills, sharpen your defensive mindset and understand laws that govern your rights.

With the most comprehensive self-defense legal protection available, you can rest easy knowing the USCCA will have your back if you ever have to stop a threat with lethal force.

  • Our Mission

Our mission is to educate and train 10,000,000 responsibly armed Americans, protect 1,000,000 USCCA Members, stop 20,000 crimes and save 1,000 lives by 2022.

USCCA History: Why We Say We’re “Born to Protect”


In 2003, with the birth of his first son, USCCA President Tim Schmidt experienced a self-defense “awakening” and embarked upon the journey to becoming his family’s ultimate protector. Together with co-founder Tonnie Schmidt, they set out to build a resource for everyone who is willing to take their personal safety and the safety of their families into their own hands. With the launch of Concealed Carry Magazine and an online forum, the USCCA was born. It has evolved into one of the most respected organizations in the firearms community and an authority on empowering responsible Americans. Every person who joins the USCCA has access to the education, training and legal protection needed to face and defeat danger with confidence.

Resources for Everyone Who Owns or Carries a Gun for Protection


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