USCCA Membership Benefits FAQs

Do I need a USCCA Membership even if I don't carry a gun?

If there is a chance you or your family will ever be in any kind of self-defense incident, then you need a USCCA Membership.

Unlike concealed carry insurance, USCCA Membership provides protection for all legal self-defense weapons. That means if you defend yourself with ANYTHING that you’re legally allowed to have and use in self-defense, you’re protected by the USCCA’s Self-Defense SHIELD.

What does the USCCA provide to help me carry with confidence?

Unlike concealed carry insurance, the USCCA provides responsibly armed Americans with the education, training and legal protection they need to carry with confidence.

The United States Concealed Carry Association is dedicated to providing you with practical and consistent training that will keep your self-defense and concealed carry skills sharp.

Some of the top education and training benefits from a USCCA Membership include:

  • 8 issues of Concealed Carry Magazine every year
  • Weekly updates on news, changing laws and gear reviews
  • Lifesaving checklists, guides and eBooks waiting in your dashboard
  • Interactive "Ask An Attorney" monthly webinars [Platinum & Elite Member Benefit]
  • Weekly training drills sent to your inbox
  • A CCW Reciprocity Map with permit expiration reminders
  • Live training broadcasts with industry experts
  • Access to the nationwide USCCA Certified Instructor Network
  • Over 30 training videos exclusively in your member dashboard
  • 10+ hours in eLearning training systems [Elite Member Benefit]

Why do I need concealed carry protection if I'm in my own home?

Picture this: You’re at home with your family, it's a Friday night, and you’re all watching TV after a long week. Suddenly there’s a knock at the front door. You go to answer it, but before you can say anything, three armed intruders force their way in.

What would you do? Most Americans who keep a weapon in the home would use it without question if a loved one were at risk. But what happens in the aftermath?

Unfortunately, the above scenario is all too real. According to the FBI, home burglaries take place about every 18 seconds in the United States. That’s almost 200 break-ins per hour!

What’s more — if you DO end up taking action, you could be arrested, sued and even charged with a criminal offense ... even if you did everything right.

That’s why we recommend activating the self-defense education, training and legal protection of your USCCA Membership as soon as you possibly can, even if you only keep your concealed carry weapon at home.You have protection for your car, house, phone — even your life — so don’t let everything you’ve worked for be taken away just for defending yourself and protecting your family.

Who are the USCCA’s industry partners?

The USCCA is proud to support and partner a variety of organizations and pro-2A companies.

When you activate your USCCA Membership, you’ll immediately receive discounts of up to 30% from trusted industry names, including Galco Gunleather, TASER, Laser Ammo, Viridian Weapon Technologies, CrossBreed Holsters, Nine Line Apparel, OpticsPlanet, OTIS, BlackBeardBelts, Nexbelt, Mantis and more.

To redeem these discounts, simply log in to your USCCA Member Dashboard and click “Partner Discounts.”

Is the government going to get my personal information through the USCCA?

The USCCA is not a government-run or -affiliated entity and does not share your information with anyone. However, the U.S. government already has a list of all those who legally carry concealed or who have purchased firearms. In the event of the government subpoenaing records, the USCCA will work to protect your information to the best of our ability. We will not readily turn this information over to ANYONE.

What are the main parts of a USCCA Membership?

While USCCA Membership results in hundreds of opportunities and benefits for members, it is ultimately comprised of three main parts:

Industry-Leading Education

  • The moment you activate your USCCA Membership, you will receive instant access to hours of lifesaving self-defense education from experts across the self-defense industry.

First-Class Training

  • Your USCCA exclusive member training includes everything from weekly training to real-life instruction.

Trusted Legal Protection

  • When you activate your USCCA Membership, you’ll instantly be protected by the USCCA’s Self-Defense SHIELD. That means you’ll have access to the USCCA Critical Response Team, USCCA Attorney Network and up to $2.25 million in legal protection* that provides protection for the use of any legal weapon used in self defense.
    • *All Self-Defense Shield Protection Plan Benefit amounts are detailed more fully in, and are subject to the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the Membership Agreement.

Self-defense education, training and legal protection aren’t all that USCCA Members get though! As a USCCA Member, you’ll also be able to interact with hundreds of thousands of like-minded individuals on our social media sites and at our annual Concealed Carry Expo!

You’ll be able to enjoy exclusive member perks, such as huge discounts on training and gear from the USCCA as well as industry partners, a FREE Carry Confidence™ kit mailed to you and a subscription to our award-winning Concealed Carry Magazine.

What does USCCA protection protect? Am I protected in my home/outside my home?

Unlike some concealed carry insurance (CCW insurance), USCCA Membership provides protection for the lawful use of any legal weapon in a self-defense situation.

Your USCCA protection protects you the moment you activate your membership. That means you’re protected for acts of self-defense at home, in your car and anywhere else you have a legal right to be.

It’s important to keep in mind that concealed carry reciprocity laws apply to you. Check out our Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map to learn more, and download the USCCA App (available on both iOS and Android devices) on your phone for automatic alerts when you may be crossing into states as a USCCA Member.

What is the USCCA Giving Program, and how does it work?

The USCCA Community Giving Program provides free lifesaving self-defense training and resources to communities across the country. Whether it’s donating educational materials to local libraries, preparing teachers to protect our students or taking a group of domestic violence victims to the shooting range … we’re making a difference together.

How does the protection benefit of USCCA Membership work?

The protection of the USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD* is just one of the three pillars of USCCA Membership. This legal protection will provide you with complete peace of mind through:

  • Up to $250,000 in criminal defense protection;
  • Up to $2,000,000 in civil suit defense and damages protection;
  • Up to $50,000 in up-front bail bond funding (which can also be leveraged into bail of up to $500,000); and
  • Up to $750 of wage compensation for every day spent in civil court.

Bottom line: Doing everything right shouldn’t cost you everything. As a USCCA Member, you can rest easy knowing that you have the powerful support of the USCCA on your side…

Check out our USCCA Member Benefits Page to see how USCCA Membership protects you in ways that concealed carry insurance can’t, and find out which membership level is right for you!

*All Self-Defense Shield Protection Plan Benefit amounts are detailed more fully in, and are subject to the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the Membership Agreement.

Does the USCCA have its own attorneys? How much is covered for an attorney when I am a USCCA Member?

As a USCCA Member, you will always have the freedom to choose your own criminal defense attorney. However, the USCCA also offers the option to choose legal representation from our USCCA Attorney Network. The USCCA Network is comprised of more than 800 attorneys throughout the United States who are experienced in firearms and self-defense case law. These pro-Second Amendment attorneys will help advocate for you when you need it most.

What are the educational benefits of USCCA Membership?

The USCCA prides itself on providing comprehensive educational resources from experts across the self-defense industry.

As a USCCA Member, you’ll have access to hours of member-only lifesaving DVDs, guides, books, videos and other content that will improve your confidence.

Sharpen your skills with weekly training webinars, comment on our Live Training Broadcasts and, as a Platinum or Elite Member, get your legal questions answered with exclusive access to our monthly “Ask an Attorney” webinars.

Plus, when you activate your USCCA Membership, you’ll gain instant access to digital copies of Concealed Carry Magazine — an award-winning publication full of gun reviews, training tips and real-life stories of self-defense.

What is the USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD?

The USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD is the legal protection aspect of USCCA Membership.

The Self-Defense SHIELD is comprised of several benefits, including up to $2.25 million in legal protection* that provides protection for use of all legal weapons used in self-defense. You’ll also be able to enjoy complete peace of mind knowing that your own personal Critical Response Team Advisor is just a phone call away — 24/7/365 — to help you through the aftermath of any self-defense incident.

With the activation of your USCCA Membership, you’ll also gain access to the USCCA’s National Attorney Network. You’ll have the freedom to choose your own criminal defense attorney or choose from more than 800 USCCA Network attorneys who are experiences in firearms and self-defense cases.

*All Self-Defense Shield Protection Plan Benefit amounts are detailed more fully in, and are subject to the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the Membership Agreement.

What are the training benefits of USCCA Membership?

Your USCCA Membership will connect you to our network of more than 3,000 certified firearm trainers nationwide, so you can train with the people you trust no matter where you are.

Train for real-world scenarios with more than five hours of reality-based training. Keep your skills sharp with practical training drills sent to you weekly, and get practical in-person training on concealed carry, home defense and defensive shooting fundamentals from a USCCA Certified Instructor.

Does USCCA Membership provide protection for use of all legal weapons?

Unlike concealed carry insurance, USCCA Membership protects the lawful use of all legal weapons of opportunity used in self-defense.

What does the USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD stand for?

The USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD represents the USCCA’s comprehensive self-defense legal protection — which is instantly available for every USCCA Member the moment he or she activates membership.

Does a USCCA Membership include a spouse or other family members?

USCCA Memberships at the Gold, Platinum, and Elite levels automatically come with the option to add your spouse at a discounted rate.

To view and activate your USCCA Spouse Membership, simply visit your Member Dashboard and select the “Add Your Spouse” button. Your spouse will have complete access to the self-defense education, training and protection of the USCCA from the moment you activate his or her USCCA Spouse Membership. Additionally, your spouse’s first year of membership will be prorated to match your same membership level.

Your comprehensive USCCA Member protection extends to relatives and other family members if the individuals:

  1. Are residents of the current member’s permanent residence and are relatives of the member or persons under the age of 21 who are in the care of the member;
  2. The incident occurs on the residence premises (which, only for relatives who also reside in the primary member’s permanent residence premises, also includes dwellings at which the primary member is temporarily residing at the time of the occurrence); and
  3. If the incident involves an act of self-defense with a legally possessed firearm or other weapon.

If you have any questions on any aspect of USCCA Membership, please feel free to call our Member Services team any time, 24/7, at 800-674-9779. A member of our 100% American-based USCCA team is standing by to help answer any questions you may have!