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Why Become a USCCA Member FAQs

Why do I need USCCA Membership?

Unlike concealed carry insurance, USCCA Membership provides the self-defense education, training AND legal protection to ensure that what you and your family have worked so hard for doesn’t get taken away by an unfair system.

Unfortunately in today’s world, simply “doing the right thing” isn’t enough to protect you from tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees — and even jail time!

Check out some of the testimonials of real USCCA Members to learn more.

Remember, if you have any questions, you can always call our live Member Services customer service representatives at 800-674-9779.

We are 100% American-based and available 24/7.

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What is the main difference between USCCA and competitors?

There are MANY reasons why the USCCA prides itself on providing the most comprehensive self-defense education, training and legal protection in the self-defense industry, a few of which include:

  • Protection for the use of any legal weapon of opportunity in a self-defense incident.
  • The USCCA’s Self-Defense SHIELD provides up to $2.25 million in legal protection*.
    • *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.
  • Award-winning customer service. Our 100% American-based Member Services team can be reached anytime — 24/7. Just call 800-674-9779.
  • Award-winning self-defense education and training. The USCCA isn’t just legal protection ... it’s a way of life!
  • Award-winning emergency response. The USCCA’s Critical Response Team provides highly trained and expert service when you and your family need it most. From connecting you to a pro-2A attorney to updating your family on your case details, your Critical Response Team Case Manager will handle it all.
  • The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo. The USCCA is proud to host the “No. 1 Destination for Gun Owners” every year. Visit hundreds of vendors, try hundreds of products and meet thousands of like-minded Americans!

What is the cost of USCCA Membership?

The USCCA is committed to educating, training and protecting every responsibly armed American who wants to be his or her family’s ultimate protector.

That’s why we offer a membership level for everyone! Whether you activate at the Gold, Platinum or Elite level — we’ve got your back.

And remember, you can always check out our educational and training resources. We’re proud to offer hours of industry-leading education and training — included with membership — because we believe in protecting the protectors.

What is the difference between the USCCA Membership levels?

Every level of USCCA Membership is designed to help you carry with confidence. However, the higher levels offer more education and training resources as well as increased legal protection. In addition to the universal membership benefits, our top-tier Elite Membership offers you:

  • $2,250,000 in Self-Defense SHIELD protection*
  • 10+ hours in eLearning training systems
  • 70+ lifesaving guides
  • 14 years of Concealed Carry Magazine back issues
  • An Elite VIP Expo experience
  • An Elite concierge phone line
*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 by — the Membership Agreement. Refer to the USCCA Membership Chart for specific details and all membership benefits.

Is USCCA Membership beneficial even if I don't carry concealed?

Unlike CCW insurance, USCCA Membership provides legal protection for all legal weapons of opportunity.

That means if you’re a proud American who believes in lawfully protecting yourself, your family AND your community — we’ve got your back.

To find out more about all the great self-defense education, training AND legal protection benefits, feel free to call our Member Services department at 800-674-9779. We’re 100% American-based and standing by to help you 24/7.

Or, if you prefer to look around online, visit our Membership Page to discover how the self-defense education, training and legal protection of USCCA Membership can benefit you, even if you prefer not to carry concealed.

Do I need a concealed carry permit to be a USCCA Member?

You do NOT need a concealed carry permit to become a USCCA Member.

You can enjoy all of the self-defense education, training and legal protection benefits that our USCCA Membership levels have to offer wherever you are in your self-defense journey.

However, if you are interested in obtaining your concealed carry permit, we’re proud to offer a variety of concealed carry permit class locations around the country; visit the USCCA Training Page to find out more.

What is a USCCA Membership?

Activating USCCA Membership means that you have joined more than 420,000 responsibly armed Americans in being educated, trained and legally protected by the United States Concealed Carry Association.

Your USCCA Membership provides you with access to lifesaving resources, industry-leading legal protection and a community of thousands of like-minded individuals.

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How is USCCA Membership different than concealed carry insurance?

With the most comprehensive self-defense education, training and legal protection available to responsibly armed Americans, a USCCA Membership protects you in ways that concealed carry insurance can’t.

Concealed carry insurance companies may just provide you with a card and a phone number. The USCCA, however, is committed to your freedom and independence.

A USCCA Membership provides responsibly armed Americans with benefits you simply can’t find with concealed carry insurance plans. These include our Community Giving Program and exclusive member discounts and perks.


How do I contact the USCCA in case of an incident?

If you are a USCCA Member who has been involved in a self-defense incident, your first call after 911 should be to our Critical Response Team at 877-677-1919.

Our award-winning and highly trained Critical Response Team Case Managers are standing by 24/7/365 to help you when you need it most. Your case manager will help walk you through the aftermath of a self-defense incident, including obtaining an attorney retainer, facilitating communication and even securing bail bond payment.

Visit our Critical Response Team blog post to get a step-by-step overview of how the USCCA’s expert case managers will help YOU.

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