FAQs

  1. Download Questions
  2. Email Questions
  3. Forum Questions
  4. Membership Questions
  5. Self-Defense SHIELD Questions

Download Questions

I Didn’t Receive the Downloads?

The promotional material we provided indicated the link for the free download would be emailed to you right after you completed your transaction.  Right after you joined an email was sent to the email address you provided on your membership application.  In one of those emails was the download link.  So you can check your email inbox for that date (also check the spam or junk folder as some email services route unknown emails into those folders first).  You should find that free download from us.   If you do no t have that email, you can access all of your downloads by logging into the USCCA website.  Click on the “My Account” link on the upper right side of the screen. On the left will be a “My Downloads” link.  Here will be all the downloads you have received.

Can’t Download pdf Files From the Site?

The easiest way to do it for a PC is to right-click on the pdf link, then select Save Link As:
This will open a window that will allow you to save the pdf file anywhere on your computer.

My Download Has A File Error or Says It’s Damaged?

Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe download on your computer.  This could be one of the causes.

Extremely high security settings may also be the culprit.  Temporarily reduce your computer’s security settings and the damaged file designation should disappear and the download should be able to open.

Where Are My Bonus Items?

Bonus items are typically emailed to members/purchasers right after their transaction has been completed.  Please check in your e-mail inbox (or spam or junk folders) in case the e-mail routed there instead.

Where Can I Access My Downloads?

  1. Login to USCCA Website /index.asp
  2. Login to site using Username and Password
  3. Click on My Account link on the upper right side of the page
  4. Click My Downloads on left side of box
  5. All downloads you have access to will be in this location
  6. If they are not in this location, please contact our customer support
  7. Here is the link to all free downloads /reports.asp

Email Questions

How Do I Change My E-Mail Address?

To Change your Email address for your USCCA login, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log into the USCCA website  www.usconcealedcarry.com
  2. Enter Username and Password in upper right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Click on “My Account:”
  4. Choose on the left side of the screen “My Personal Information” to change your  email address.
  5. Click the change button to the right of the email address.
  6. Enter new email address
  7. Click the “Update” button.

To Change your email address for where you receive emails and newsletter updates:

The emails we send out are not membership benefits, but emails that non-members as well as members receive, and everyone who receives it has requested to receive it. The membership database is managed separately from the newsletter/daily tips emails. To change this, go to any of the emails you receive from us. The last line says "unsubscribe/to be removed click here" and a link is indicated after. Click this link then look close to the top where it says "edit contact information". Here you can change your name as it appears on the emails, or the email address. You can also unsubscribe on this screen. Then remember to click Save.

Anyone who has a very high security setting on their computer (either through Norton, McAfee, etc) or on their browser settings has a problem with what we call this "re-direct".  You can either try accessing this from a different computer, or reducing the high level of security settings on your computer.  Either of these should allow you to get to our ordering site.

Does USCCA Share or Sell E-mail Addresses?

No!  USCCA did not sell or even give your email address to anyone else!
You can be assured that we at USCCA did not share your email address with any other person, organization or entity.

Where Are My Bonus Items?

Bonus items are typically emailed to members/purchasers right after their transaction has been completed.  Please check in your e-mail inbox (or spam or junk folders) in case the e-mail routed there instead.

Why Do I Continue To Get Emails After I Just Renewed/Joined?

We apologize for this inconvenience. We do our best to keep our current members off of our prospect list, but sometimes miss a few.

To stop receiving prospect emails from the USCCA, please click on the link at the bottom of your email that says, “To Be Removed Click Here or Manage Your Subscription”.  Then, simply unsubscribe yourself from the prospects list and after that you will no longer receive any prospect emails from the USCCA.

If you check the box that says Do Not Contact, you will no longer receive any emails from the USCCA.

To receive member emails, make sure you are subscribed to the “Members-Receive e-mail” list.

How Do I Unsubscribe to Emails?

We are sorry that you were added to this list.  We do not unsubscribe people from receiving these, it is managed entirely by the subscriber.  There is a link located at the last line of any of the emails we send out which says "To Be Removed Click Here or Manage Your Subscription".  When this link is clicked, it takes subscribers to a page to manage their free subscription information...here they can unsubscribe, or change their name or email address.  Then they click "update or save" and the change takes place.

I’m Having Trouble Viewing the Emails…

We really haven't changed the method on how we create or send these items out for the last few years now. And, since we do not have really any other complaints from people that this is happening to them, our indicators at this point is that it is something to do just with your computer. We're not sure if your email provider made a change to their system, or if you changed browsers, or even computers. The only suggestion we can give you is to have a local computer technician assist you with this. I'm sorry but we just don't have anything other information to provide to you. The only explanation we can see it being is a settings issues and how your email service receives and processes our emails.

One thing to perhaps try (if you have the capability) to access your emails from a different computer, is to try SEVERAL other computers and see if the problem follows. Our emails are optimized for Internet Explorer browsers, but do work on others but perhaps need some tweaking to work properly. It's working properly for about 104,000+ other subscribers to our free emails/newsletters.


Forum Questions

How Do I Log Into the USCCA Website?

  1. Go to our website www.usconcealedcarry.com.
  2. Enter Username and Password in upper right hand corner of the screen.
  3. If you don’t have, or can’t remember, your username/login name and password, you click on the “Forgot Login?” link.
  4. Once you enter your login name and password, you'll be logged into the USCCA website.

How Can I Change My Information?

Member’s can check their account status, renewal date or make changes to information in their personal account (address, phone, e-mail, username, password, etc.) by:

  1. Logging into the USCCA website  www.usconcealedcarry.com
  2. Click on "My Account:"  (upper right hand corner of the screen)
  3. Choose on the left side of the screen “My Personal Information” to change your name, email, Username, Password, Billing and Credit Card information.
  4. Choose “My Mailing Information” to change shipping address.
  5. Make sure to click the “Update” button to save your changes.

I Can’t Remember My Username or Password/Not Accepting It?

On the Member's Area Login page, there is a red link that says “Forgot Login” on the upper right hand corner of your screen.  You can click that link to take you to the login name/password retrieval information.

How Do I Post My Profile Picture on the Forum?

What If I Get A Warning About An Unsecure Site (ICP Track)?

Nothing will happen to your computer if you continue past the warning, you can just ignore it.  The link is just doing a minor re-direct first.  IF you can't ignore the warning, you can try to reduce your security settings temporarily so the warning doesn't come up.

Anyone who has a very high security setting on their computer (either through Norton, McAfee, etc) or on their browser settings has a problem with what we call this "re-direct".  You can either try accessing this from a different computer, or reducing the high level of security settings on your computer.  Either of these should allow you to get to our ordering site.

I Try to Login and It Says Cookies Must Be Enabled?

Occasionally we have a member with cookie problems.  There are a few things we can tell you to look at.  If these do not take care of them, then you would need to contact a computer consultant, as the problem is with your computer settings.

Make sure the clock is set to the right time and especially, the right date!  This is most important.  If the date is set ahead, the software doesn't recognize your log in because your computer is dated in the future.

Some members with this same problem have an anti-virus program on their computer, which requires specific cookie sites to be added to their "allow list".  Norton is one of these.   It is actually within Norton’s Internet Security. You need to open that then click on Privacy Control, then advanced and then add our website to the list to allow cookies.

You have bookmarked an incorrect link
If you are using a bookmark in your browser to get to the site, make sure that you have saved the address with the "www." in front of the domain name. In other words, if you were saving this site to your bookmarks, the url should be www.usconcealedcarry.com - not simply usconcealedcarry.com

Personal Firewall or Security Software
Some security software like Norton Antivirus or McAfee, etc have options for extremely high security that do not allow any cookies from any site. Members will have to set the antivirus program to accept cookies specifically from www.usconcealedcarry.com.

Browser Has Cookies Turned Off
If the member's browser has cookies turned off, perform the following steps to enable cookies:

For Internet Explorer 7.0 on a PC

  1. Go to the 'Tools' Menu
  2. Choose 'Internet Options'
  3. Click 'Privacy' tab
  4. Select 'Advanced' Settings
  5. Select 'Override automatic cookie handling'
  6. Choose 'Accept' First-Party Cookies

For Internet Explorer 6.0 on a PC

  1. Go to the 'Tools' Menu
  2. Choose 'Internet Options'
  3. Choose 'Privacy'
  4. Set to 'Medium'
  5. Choose 'Security'
  6. Set to 'Medium'

For Internet Explorer 5.x on a PC

  1. Go to the 'Tools' Menu
  2. Choose 'Internet Options'
  3. Choose 'Security'
  4. Choose 'Custom Level'
  5. Under the 'Cookies' section, click on the 'Enable' button

How Do I Search the Forum?

The fastest way is to simply click on "Search" found in the horizontal menu beneath the page banner. Enter what you are looking for in the box that appears.

For more search options... for example, to see all the posts that you have ever posted...
Click on the same "Search" button, but then click on "Advanced Search" in the box that appears.

From here, you can search for a specific user using the box on the right side of the page, or you can search for keywords using the box on the left.


Membership Questions

What’s the Difference in the Membership Options?

Platinum Plus Membership: This option includes the website access including the download archive of all back issues since 2004, a hard-copy magazine subscription, bonus downloads available through the year and the chance to be selected in the monthly Product Testing program. We publish 8 issues per year, released every 45 days. The Self Defense Shield coverage has a total Occurrence Limit of $500,000 Coverage and $100,000 in Criminal Liability Limit.

Gold Plus Membership: This option includes the subscription to Concealed Carry Magazine plus access to a member's only subscription website. We publish 8 issues per year, released every 45 days. It also includes the website access including the download archive of all back issues since 2004, a hard-copy magazine subscription, bonus downloads available through the year. The Self Defense Shield coverage has a total Occurrence Limit of $150,000 Coverage and $75,000 in Criminal Liability Limit.

Silver Plus Membership: This option includes the subscription to Concealed Carry Magazine plus access to a member's only subscription website. We publish 8 issues per year, released every 45 days. It also includes the website access including the download archive of all back issues since 2004, a hard-copy magazine subscription, bonus downloads available through the year.  The Self Defense Shield coverage has a total Occurrence Limit of $75,000 Coverage and $50,000 in Criminal Liability Limit.

We do also offer a free newsletter and informational emails which we send out to non-members as well as members. You can sign up for this at our newsletter website www.concealedcarryreport.com and on the right side of the page there is an icon for "Free Newsletter".

When Will I Get My First Magazine?

A Fast Start package was mailed out to you the week after you subscribed. The package includes a USCCA member card, Member guide booklet, bumper sticker and defensive shooting card.  That mailing schedule indicated member's first subscription copy will be the next issue after your join date…unless you joined within 10 days of a mailing date, then your first copy will be the following issue after that (since we sent the mailing list to the printer 10 days prior to the mailing date for processing time).

 

Concealed Carry Magazine Print Release Schedule

Issue Mailing Date
January 1st Friday in January
Feb/March 3rd Friday in Feb
April 1st Friday in April
May/June 3rd Friday in May
July 1st Friday in July
Aug./Sept. 3rd Friday in Aug
October 1st Friday in October
Nov./Dec. 3rd Friday in November

Please add 7 to 14 days for the postal service to deliver the magazine to your house.  We will post each issue on the website 10 days after the print release date.

Can I Write For the Magazine?

Please visit this site for information on submitting articles:
Writers' Guidelines

Do You Mail Internationally?

I'm sorry but USCCA changed it's policy a few years ago and we no longer sell international memberships (including Canada).  If you know of someone in the US that you can have sign up for you, this would be the only option at this time.  Even if the US person signed up for you, you would have access to the USCCA website thru that account, but not receive the physical magazine in Canada.  However, the US account holder would be the recipient of the magazine and could forward it to you.

You could choose the Silver Membership.  Silver members can read the articles from the current issue while it's active on the website, but not a .pdf format.  The current issue is posted on the website 10 days after the mailing date and stays on for approximately 45 days until the next issue comes out.

If you would like to do this, just visit our online membership page.

How Many CCW Holders Are There?

The last estimate we heard was about 88 million gun owners, and about 9 million people who hold CCW licenses.

There could be more CCW holders than that, since one state that DOES reveal the info, Florida, shows that 4 million people there, alone, have CCW permits.

The numbers could be closer to 15 or 20 million CCW holders.

Which Gun or Holster Should I Choose?

The choice of a firearm or holster is a deeply personal one. As you are selecting a gun it needs to fit your hand, be comfortable, not too heavy, not too light. The same with the holster, it needs to fit one’s body style and the gun itself. It's like going to a store and trying on clothes to make sure they fit before you buy them...the same principal applies here. You really don't want to solely take recommendations from others because they'll tell you what fits them and feels good to them, which may not be good for you.

Your best bet is to educate yourself by going to a gun show, where many vendors are present. Or if you don't have any in your area try contacting the gun manufacturer for recommendations. Try different models, ask around as to what is important feature-wise for you and you'll end up narrowing down your choices to what suits you best.

If you are a USCCA member with website access, you can also post that question on the forum to see what other member’s would recommend, especially if they have experience with a particular gun or holster.

TSA and Case Information…

Each airport, and each member of the security personnel may interpret the rules and laws of flying with a firearm a bit differently than intended. This needs to be considered before traveling.

1.The case cannot be pulled open with little effort? What does that mean? Buy a case that is sturdy. Don't get a cheap plastic container that can easily be pried open with bare hands. Be sure if the case has latches that can be opened while the padlocks on the case are in position (needs to lock on both ends not just in the middle), that the case can't be opened even a little bit. Imagine a shed door that has a hasp and a padlock with a knob to turn to open the door when the padlock is removed. Imagine turning the knob on the shed door, and the hasp and padlock allowing the door to open just a tiny bit. If the TSA had to approve that door, it would be better to have a deadbolt on the door so it couldn't be opened even a tiny bit, and the door shouldn't be cheap plastic like they are on those Rubbermaid plastic sheds either. Get it?

The wording of the rules leave the wiggle room for the security personnel to determine if your firearm case is sturdy enough. So just buy a sturdy one that won't budge open even a fraction of an inch when the locks are in place. Probably a locking mechanism that prevents the latches from being opened at all when locked would be best. That way when the padlocks are in place the latches can't even be opened. However, I've only seen cases that have a lip with a hole through it for a padlock. If you stick on a padlock that is too big, then the cases can be opened at least as far as the padlock will slide.

So what's a person to do? Buy a sturdy plastic case such as a Hardigg case or maybe even a North Star case. Just be sure to get a good lock that doesn't allow much movement.

As for loaded magazines I would personally not have any loaded for traveling by air. I would have ammunition stored in the original container I bought it in, and if I didn't have the container I would buy a new box of fresh ammo. I would have any magazines and the gun empty. I'd even add a plastic barrel plug as an extra measure for untrained personnel to see that the gun is unloaded when I'm getting the declaration form.

A person can follow the letter of the rules and law only to be denied due to the interpretation of the laws and rules by the personnel at the time one is traveling. Best to follow all of the rules, guidelines, and protocols as to not call attention to yourself for increased scrutiny. Still, an overzealous employee could single out anyone at any time for further inspection. A backup plan in place to leave the gun behind should be in place just in case they say no way. If dropped off at the airport, I'd have someone stick around in case I needed them to take my gun back home. I'd also show up really early in case I was rn through the mill a few times because of declaring a firearm.

Air travelers travel with firearms every day without incident. However, there is always the exception to the rule.

Right Handed and Left Handed Holsters

A right-handed holster is designed for a right-handed shooter. A left-handed holster is designed for a left-handed shooter.

Here’s where people sometimes get confused, as it relates to one particular type of holster design (a “crossdraw” holster). If you are right-handed, your holster will generally be worn on your right hip. No confusion there. But if you are right-handed, and want to carry crossdraw, a crossdraw holster generally places the gun on your left hip. But you must still request a right-handed holster even though the holster will be designed to ride on the left side of your belt. If this describes you, just be sure to clarify that it’s a crossdraw holster you’re looking for, and that you’re right-handed, and you should be good to go.

When Does My Subscription Expire?

  1. Go to our website www.usconcealedcarry.com.
  2. Enter Username and Password in upper right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Click on “My Account:”
  4. On the Membership Information screen is your Current Status which includes:  Membership Level, Status and Membership Date.

Does USCCA Share or Sell E-mail Addresses?

No!  USCCA did not sell or even give your email address to anyone else!
You can be assured that we at USCCA did not share your email address with any other person, organization or entity.

Where Are My Bonus Items?

Bonus items are typically emailed to members/purchasers right after their transaction has been completed.  Please check in your e-mail inbox (or spam or junk folders) in case the e-mail routed there instead.

Lobbying

We at the USCCA have neither the staffing, the funding, nor the numbers to truly be an effective lobbying group, and that is why we encourage ALL of our members to fully support the National Rifle Association, The Gun Owners of America, and the Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership- not just with their money, but with their time and energy as well. We are proud to boast that over 90% of our members are members of the NRA, and we know that as responsibly armed citizens, all USCCA members are doing their part to stay active politically and civilly.

HR45

Several of our members are discussing that bill on the USCCA forums at http://www.uscca.us/forum/showthread.php?t=11673.

If you have forum access, please jump in and let us know your thoughts!

Our managing editor comments about it are that this one will probably go nowhere – it's too sweeping – but it does bear careful watching. You can track the progress of the bill through http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-45.

Be sure to contact your representatives, too (You can easily find who your representatives are through www.house.gov and through www.senate.gov).

Additionally, although HR45 has little chance of passing, there are many other bills introduced every day that may negatively affect gun owners and that do have a strong chance of passing if gun owners do not remain vigilant. To keep up with proposed legislation, you might want to sign up for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action newsletter at www.nraila.org. They send out a once a week update on legal and political issues like this.

SB2099

Here’s what our managing editor provided us on this subject: http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/taxreturns.asp

SB 2099 was proposed in the year 2000 – 10 years ago! It was killed in committee and has never been resubmitted. Please ask your e-mail correspondents to help stamp out that pernicious rumor…it is not a current issue! Gun owners have enough real battles to fight these days!

Is The Government Going to Get My Personal Information Through the USCCA?

We do not share our information with anyone and we do not believe the government can "hack" into our membership database and steal the names in it.  They could probably subpoena records and Tim will surely work to block that to the best of his ability.  Hopefully that alleviates some of your concerns.  He will not readily turn this information over to ANYONE.    The other point is the government already has a list of all those who carry concealed (legally) or who have bought guns.

What is the USCCA’s Position On NRA?

Thank you for asking about the USCCA's political position, and our position in regards to the fight for recognition of our Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The fact that you're asking these important questions tells us that YOU are a patriot, and for that, we are honored to know you.

The truth is, only recently has the USCCA been able to become politically involved as a collective group. We've only existed for seven years, and for most of those, we weren't even a blip on the "gun rights radar". Lately, we have been able to donate large sums of money to help further our universal cause: For all governing bodies in the USA to recognize our individual liberty to defend our lives against violence attack using deadly force- no matter where we stand- as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, and instilled into us by our Creator. The most recent example was our $10,000 donation to the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, for support of our jointly submitted amicus brief for the McDonald vs. Chicago Supreme Court case.  This was a huge victory, and soon the residents of Chicago will be able to keep handguns in their homes.

While we believe that while the fight for recognition of our Second Amendment Rights leaves no room for compromise, we also understand that we may have to take smaller victories that will lead to the ultimate freedom that the founding fathers believed we should all have.

For example, we fight for gun-ownership rights where there are none, such as in Washington D.C. and Chicago, and from there we fight for Concealed Carry rights. When the CCW laws are proven effective and safe, we fight for 'right to carry' laws like those in Alaska and Arizona.

We believe in the NRA, and that while sometimes they support laws that are bigger compromises than we are comfortable with, we understand that without the NRA, most of the battles that have been won on the gun rights front in the last twenty years would simply not have been won. For that, we are grateful to them, and we ask that our members also join the NRA, but write them frequently to keep them accountable for their decisions (just as we should all be writing our congressmen and women as well!).

Lastly, I want to remind you of the power of the individual. The USCCA was created from one man's vision, as were most of the great things in the USA. If you don't like the way something is, fight to change it. You are an American, and you have the capability to make waves. If we do something that you don't agree with, let us hear it. The same goes for the NRA and the US Congress. Jump on our member forums and rally your friends in a letter. Begin an email forward. Talk to your buddies at the American Legion. Drive to the capital and jam a sign in their lawn. Act! Our country is worth it.

How Can I Contact Tim Schmidt Directly?

Please submit a ticket and we will forward your inquiry to Tim. Please know he receives hundreds of email questions each week and due to the time constraints of running the business, he has time to answer only a very few. We hope yours is one of them!

I Didn’t Get the Newsletter on Friday?

The Friday newsletter goes out EVERY Friday. Sometimes emails just don't get delivered and get lost in cyberspace.  You can access any issue of the newsletter right on the newsletter website at http://uscca.us/ccr/ .

Why Is There Promotional Stuff in the Newsletter?

Tim and the entire USCCA team understand how you feel about the promotional pieces, however, they feel an obligation to explain the necessity of these emails to our members:

Part of any company’s marketing effort is to reach as many people as possible. Tim’s position is that we are giving away a lot of free information in the newsletter, and that is being done in exchange for using the newsletter subscribers e-mail address for promotional emails. Since the subscriber has the choice of subscribing or opting out, it is not considered spamming.

It does cost us money to publish the weekly newsletter each week, and if we didn’t have a way to recoup some money in another way to cover it, we wouldn’t be able to publish the free newsletter. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. If you want to continue receiving the newsletter, but don't like the promotional emails, please just delete all the other emails you get.

How Can I Give a Gift Subscription?

You can process this online, by going to this link:

/gift/

  1. Click on the Join Now button for the desired membership.
  2. Enter Shipping Information (This is the Recipient of the Gift Membership)
  3. Select Membership Option (Silver Plus, Gold Plus or Platinum Plus)
  4. Enter Username and Password
  5. Enter Payment Details  (This is the Purchaser of the Gift)
  6. Check the Click Here to Acknowledge Box
  7. Click the Activate Now button
  8. When membership goes through a Confirmation page will appear

 

How Do I Renew My Membership?

  1. Log on to the USCCA website.
  2. Log on using your username and password
  3. Click on the My Account link on the upper right hand corner of your screen.
  4. Click the renew button on the bottom of the USCCA Membership Info screen.
  5. Scroll down the screen to select the membership level you want.
  6. Click on the membership level Renew Now button.
  7. Review shipping information to make sure it is correct.   If it is not make any necessary changes.
  8. Select your membership time.
  9. Check the Billing Information is the Same as Shipping information box if it is the same.  Or fill in billing information.
  10. Fill in Credit Card information.
  11. Check the button “Click here to Acknowledge”
  12. Click the yellow Activate Now button.
  13. A confirmation page will appear.

 

Can I Upgrade My Membership and Pay the Price Difference?

We can certainly take care of that for you.

You can mail us a check for the difference along with a copy of this e-mail or a note to:

Delta Defense, LLC 300 South 6th Avenue West Bend, WI 53095

Or you can call us with a credit card number and we can process it manually for you with a credit card. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 877-677-1919.  We can process the additional purchase to your account upon receiving that info.

How Do I Renew My Membership if it Expired?

Follow the same steps as an existing member renewal.

  1. Log on to the USCCA website.
  2. Log on using your username and password
  3. Click on the My Account link on the upper right hand corner of your screen.
  4. Click the blue renew button on the bottom of the USCCA Membership Info screen.
  5. Scroll down the screen to select the membership level you want.
  6. Click on the membership level Renew Now button.
  7. Review shipping information to make sure it is correct.   If it is not make any necessary changes.
  8. Select your membership time.
  9. Check the Billing Information is the Same as Shipping information box if it is the same.  Or fill in billing information.
  10. Fill in Credit Card information.
  11. Check the button “Click here to Acknowledge”
  12. Click the yellow Activate Now button.
  13. A confirmation page will appear.

Can I Sign Up Using a Check?

Yes, you can mail in an application and a check or money order.  Best thing to do is go to this link:

/membership/

Click the yellow button for the membership you want to join.  On the next page choose to upgrade your purchase with some of our products (“Upgrade purchase button) or take only the membership (“No Thanks” button), then on the next page fill out the application online and print it...don't submit it.  Mail in the completed application and we'll have a print out of all the information we need from the order form to enter your membership/subscription.

Our address is: Delta Defense, LLC 300 South 6th Avenue West Bend, WI 53095

Can I Renew Early?

If you would like to renew your membership early, please contact customer service and they can offer you a 10% discount for the first years renewal.

What Do I Get Right After I Join?

New Gold and Platinum members receive our Fast Start Package with contains:

  • Membership Card and Welcome Letter
  • Member’s Welcome Guide
  • A “discreet” and non-discreet bumper sticker set
  • Defensive Shooting Guideline Card
  • Priority Membership Referral Card
  • Plus, immediate access to the greatest resource…the USCCA Member’s website.  Just use your login name and password to log into the member’s area for access to the forum, downloads, articles and much, much more.

I’m Not Sure If I Am A Member?

If you registered to subscribe to our emailed Free Weekly Newsletter, this is not tied into any of the USCCA memberships. Access to our member’s website is included with our USCCA Membership only.

If you're not sure if you have joined, please submit a ticket and indicate when you joined, how you paid and your full address and we will try to locate your account further.

If you would like joining info, check out /membership/

To change your email address for the newsletters and emails we send to you, please use the unsubscribe/change subscriber options link at the very last line of the emails we send to you. The membership database is managed separately from the emailing database.

How Do I Get the Free Situation Cards?

Members visit this forum thread for free ordering info:
https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/store.asp

I Just Received Notice That A Better Offer Came Out, Can I Get It?

Thanks for your interest in the USCCA!  We value our members more than anything, so of course we would like to give you the bonuses that have recently come out.

I Can’t Afford the Membership

Even if you can't get the membership at this time, we do have a free offering which has a ton of great information in it, our Concealed Carry Report.  You can sign up for this free newsletter email at this link   www.concealedcarryreport.com

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Can I Purchase a Back Issue?

Yes, anyone can purchase back issues.  They are $5.00 each for 2004-2006, and 2007 – later $7.50 each.  Some issues in 2004 and 2005 are no longer available, however.

Self-Defense SHIELD Questions

What exactly IS the Self-Defense SHIELD?

The USCCA, Inc. Self-Defense SHIELD is an insurance-backed, criminal and civil liability benefit. USCCA, Inc. owns the insurance policy and the Silver Plus, Gold Plus and Platinum Plus members are the beneficiaries of this insurance policy. Please see the Self-Defense SHIELD diagram for the the specific criminal and civil liability limits.

How does the Self-Defense SHIELD deal with all the different concealed carry laws?

The Self-Defense SHIELD applies only if you can “legally posses” a gun. (Thus, if you are a convicted felon, the Self-Defense SHIELD will not work for you.) However, “legally possessed” does NOT include limitations of any law regarding the concealment of the firearm used in the act of self-defense. As long as you can legally possess a gun, you are covered by the Self-Defense SHIELD.

Does the Self-Defense SHIELD benefit work in all 50 states?

Yes, Self-Defense SHIELD works in all 50 states.

Will I have my own individual insurance policy?

No, Self-Defense SHIELD is not an individually underwritten insurance policy. The USCCA, Inc. Self-Defense SHIELD is an insurance-backed, criminal and civil liability benefit. The USCCA, Inc. owns the insurance policy and the Silver Plus, Gold Plus and Platinum Plus members are the beneficiary of this insurance policy. (Please see the Self-Defense SHIELD diagram for the the specific criminal and civil liability limits.)

Can I use any lawyer with the Self-Defense SHIELD?

For criminal matters, Self-Defense SHIELD will help pay for any lawyer of your choice. For civil matters, the insurance company will provide an attorney for you.

Will the Self-Defense SHIELD provide an attorney for me?

This is an excellent question and it brings up a very critical aspect of the way this works. For civil matters, the insurance company will provide an attorney for you. For criminal defense matters, the Self-Defense SHIELD does NOT hire your attorney, we simply help PAY for your attorney. As a responsibly armed citizen, it’s your job to have your lawyer’s phone number in your pocket! Now don’t get me wrong, if you don’t have a lawyer, we’re going to help facilitate this. The website below is a great resource to help you find a nearby lawyer.

View our Lawyers Resource

Does Self-Defense SHIELD also cover USCCA, Inc. members who are active duty law enforcement?

The Self-Defense SHIELD will cover law enforcement officers only while they’re NOT on duty.

The Self-Defense SHIELD specifically covers the use of deadly force with firearms. So that means any type of legally owned firearm (handgun, shotgun, etc.).

Will my spouse be covered under my Self-Defense SHIELD membership, or will these only be individual memberships?

The Self-Defense SHIELD has a neat feature regarding families. Here’s how it works:

1.) Outside of your residence, the SHIELD covers only you.

2.) Inside your residence, the SHIELD covers you, your relatives, and any persons under the age of 21 that are in your care.

So, if both you and your spouse carry, you’ll want to purchase two separate Self-Defense SHIELD memberships.

How does this differ from the NRA Self-Defense Coverage protection from Locton Risk, whose protection is available at either $100K or $250K levels?

It is our understanding that the NRA Self-Defense coverages are individually underwritten insurance policies owned by the insured (you or me). With the USCCA, Inc. Self-Defense SHIELD, as a member, you do NOT own the policy (the USCCA does). You are simply the beneficiary.

Do Homeowner’s Insurance or Umbrella Policies cover this sort of thing?

Homeowner’s and umbrella policies RARELY specify the coverage of self-defense acts with a firearm.

The Self-Defense SHIELD is limited to “self-defense firearm use only”.

What is exactly covered in the “insurance-backed” benefit portion of the Self-Defense SHIELD?

You can download and view the USCCA, Inc. Self-Defense SHIELD Summary of Benefits.

Download Benefits Summary

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