USCCA Review [for 2024] | Written by a Firearms Attorney

by Ryan Cleckner

March 24, 2024

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USCCA is one of the most talked about Concealed Carry insurance providers on the market. But is it worth it?

Unlike other articles out there, I am a firearms attorney and a certified insurance intermediary, and have consistently taken a deep look into their policy (and its changes over the years). So, in this USCCA review, I’ll let you know what you can expect and whether or not USCCA is worth it. However, I’m not YOUR attorney so this is not legal advice and only you can decide whether CCW insurance is right for your situation.

USCCA Review Update: Although I’ve had some issues with their policy in the past, USCCA has recently updated their terms and I’m really impressed with the coverage you can get by being a USCCA member. In fact, the value from a USCCA membership is so great, our co-founder Dave joined and became a member after reading this updated review….but did I? Read to find out.

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Why am I Qualified to Talk about CCW insurance?

Ryan Cleckner is a firearms attorney and insurance intermediate

When it comes to insurance policies (especially in the weapons world), the terms and caveats can be convoluted, and ultimately confusing. That is why there is so much wrong information written by other reviewers out there.

However, not only am I a firearms attorney, but I’m also a licensed insurance intermediary in 48 states with the exception of NY and NJ. This means that I approached my reviewing of the CCW insurance options with a legal analysis, backed by experience as an insurance intermediate (because both are incredibly important).

I spent time going through all of the legal documents, agreements and more to ensure that what is said on USCCA’s website is not only correct but fully understood. There were even a couple of times that I had to reach out to USCCA to clarify a couple of points. The key is, I left no stone unturned, and have consistently come back to this article multiple times a year to keep it up to date.

What is the US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)?

The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) offers legal protection for self-defense scenarios and many other resources for CCW education and firearm training to their 300,000 members.

Although it isn’t really “ccw insurance,” it’s the easiest way to explain what they provide and it is the most common term used to talk about such companies. Technically companies like USCCA offer self defense liability protection. And, in the case of USCCA, it is a member services company that provides training and resources to its members while also giving them access to the “liability insurance” all members enjoy.

The training and resources include online courses in topics like home defense fundamentals, reading material such as their Concealed Carry Magazine, and they even host a Concealed Carry Expo. As you can see, the USCCA is really the big-dog in the self defense insurance space not only because of all of these member benefits and resources, but also because of the level of coverage that USCCA insurance provides.

How Much Does USCCA Cost?

USCCA comes with 3 different membership levels–each with different costs and benefits.

Different pricing packages for USSCA insurance

However, the differences in each tier of membership are in the features and resources from USCCA – each tier gets access to the exact same level of self liability defense protection.

So, if you’re looking solely for legal liability protection, the Gold Tier (least expensive) is the smart choice. However, if you want all of the training and resources USCCA offers, you should check out the Platinum Tier (most expensive).

Which One Should I Choose?

Unlike many other CCW insurance companies, USCCA has made this pretty simple. All packages have the same coverage!

The only difference is that you pay extra for more training. Yup – that’s it. And, as I’ll cover later, the training is quite good. But the question for you is do you need training? If not, then Gold member is best. But if you want to access their Handgun Safety, Marksmanship Fundamentals, Qualifications training, and more.

By the way, one thing I really like about USCCA is that they are constantly giving away gifts or packages when you sign up. As of writing this, the above was what was offered. But in the past, its been things like Pelican cases, and more.

To check to see which gift you will get, be sure to click the below link:

So, What Does USCCA Cover?

Figuring out what is covered can be a bit complex. However, I can break it down for you with the below chart (which I’ve had to update over the years). Plus, I will explain further what each one means to you:

USCCA Coverage Details

FeatureGoldPlatinumElite
Monthly Cost$29$39$49
Annual Cost$299$399$499
Criminal Defense MaxUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Civil Defense MaxUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Civil Damages Max$2 million$2 million$2 million
Pick Own Attorney?Yes*Yes*Yes*
Money Up Front?YesYesYes
Per Diem Max$750/day$750/day$750/day
Training Materials/ResourcesGoodBetterBest
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In summary, any of the three memberships in USCCA cover:

  • Defense and Civil Expense: Unlimited
  • Civil Damages Liability Max: $2 Million
  • Covers Bail expenses: $100,000 of funds
  • Per Diem Max: $750/day
  • Annual Liability Insurance Limit: $2,000,000

So, what does the above mean to you? Here is a breakdown of each and what that means:

Criminal Defense Coverage: Even if you believe that your defensive gun use is justified self defense, you might still be prosecuted. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer can be expensive and the USCCA now has no limit to how much they’ll pay for your criminal defense expenses. Unlimited legal coverage is a BIG deal!

Civil Defense Coverage: Even if you’ve been found “not guilty” and your self defense is justified, you might have to defend yourself against lawsuits from the person you shot, their family members, or others. Because defending these lawsuits (even if you win) can be expensive, the USCCA also provides unlimited defense coverage for civil lawsuits.

Civil Defense Liability: If you lose a civil lawsuit, you may have to pay “damages” (money) to the plaintiff. Although the USCCA doesn’t limit the amount they’ll pay in your defense, they limit the amount of damages they’ll pay if you lose to $2,000,000.

Up Front Money: If you need financial assistance with legal fees – you need it up front. Reimbursement might sound good enough, but that means you might have to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars on your own first. The USCCA provides the money, as it is needed, up front.

Bail: Unless you want to stay in jail until your trial, you might want bail money coverage. The USCCA provides up to $100,000 for bail bond funding. This is the highest amount for any provider.

Per Diem: While you’re in court for trial, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to work. After weeks or months, this can be a serious strain on your finances. So, we always recommend CCW insurance that pays you a daily allowance while you’re in trial (called a per diem). Some CCW insurance options don’t pay anything while USCCA pays the highest at $750 per day.

Training and Resources: I mentioned above that I often tell my legal clients that it’s often better to avoid a fight than it is to win a fight – this couldn’t be more true when it comes to a gun fight! However, if it’s time to use a gun to defend yourself or a loved ones, you better know what you’re doing. The USCCA provides training and resources to help you avoid fights and if you get into one, what to do once you’re there.

What’s Not Included With USCCA:

No Sales in NY, NJ, WA: Just recently the local governments for these three states banned the sales of “CCW insurance” programs. This doesn’t mean that your CCW insurance won’t work if you’re visiting there, it just means you can’t buy it if you live here. However, this is a limitation for all CCW insurance services right now.

How Does USCCA Compare to Other CCW Insurances?

Of all of the concealed carry insurance options available, the USCCA is the largest (over 300,000 members) and they offer the most resources. Also, the USCCA meets all 3 of our “must haves” for CCW insurance whereas some other options do not.

FeatureCCW SafeUSCCASecond Call DefenseACLDNU.S. Law ShieldRight to Bear Firearms Legal Protection
Monthly Cost$16-42$29-49$10-35$12$11$11$17-45
Criminal Defense MaxUnlimitedUnlimited$100,000Unlimited*UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Civil Defense MaxUnlimitedUnlimited$1,000,000Unlimited*UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Civil Liability Max$1,000,000$2,000,000$250,000$0$0Unlimited$0
Pick Own Attorney?YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Money Up Front?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Per Diem Max$250$750$500n/an/an/a$300
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*No limit in policy, however, coverage is limited to amount in general fund

USCCA Features

1 UNLIMITED UP-FRONT LEGAL PROTECTION

Unlimited legal defense is great but it’s vital that you get money up front (unless you have a few hundred thousand available to wait for reimbursement later).

2 ONLINE TRAINING LIBRARY

USCCA has tons of resources to make you smarter and less likely to need to legal coverage!

3 CHOOSE YOUR OWN ATTORNEY

A large amount of money paid to a useless attorney equals your freedom at risk (and wasted money).

4 COMMUNITY/MEMBER PERKS

For members, the USCCA offers training, gear, industry partners, online communities, and more.

USCCA REVIEW – Do I Recommend it?

USCCA has great legal coverage and so many extra resources, I think that it’s a good option for ccw insurance and better than most out there.

For any concealed carry insurance option, I strongly recommend looking for three basic ccw insurance requirements:

However, if you’re a gun owner (especially if you concealed carry), and you’re concerned about the legal cost of a self defense incident, then you are likely checking out the USCCA on your quest to find the best concealed carry insurance.

  1. The ability to choose your own attorney,
  2. Money up-front, and
  3. A daily allowance to help offset time off work

USCCA has all three. We’ll cover each.

What I like about USCCA 

I love that the USCCA now offers unlimited legal protection in the defense of both criminal and civil cases! This wasn’t always the case, and in the past, I used to not recommed them, or at least I put them lower on the list of best options.

I also like that they allow you to choose your own attorney – this is a big deal. Believe it or not, there are options for CCW insurance that require you to use the attorney they choose. I personally don’t like when that happens because you are powerless to choose, and who knows what level that attorney is…you’re at their mercy. But now, with USCCA, you can get recommendations from them, and choose whomever you please.

Another thing that is important to me is getting paid up front.

Reimbursement might sound like it is just as good as money up front, however, most people don’t have the few hundred thousand dollars that might be required to cover the costs until reimbursement happens.

If you’re paying for legal coverage that will help pay for your attorney – please make sure that you actually get the money up front to be able to pay your own attorney! Mark down another reason I like the USCCA.

The third requirement that USCCA meets is a daily per diem. A per diem is a daily amount of money, an allowance, that you get paid while in trial. This is very important! Your trial might last months and you likely won’t be able to earn money during this time.

Although a per diem probably won’t replace your income, it will definitely help and USCAA offers the highest per diem rate of any option we’ve seen (some don’t even offer any per diem allowance).

USCCA generally seems interested into educating you on how to avoid or survive gunfights and also how to handle yourself immediately after an incident.

For example, on the back of the membership card, they’ve included simple instructions for you to remember such as CALLING 911 FIRST!, then calling USCCA, and even instructions on how to deal with police officers.

USCCA also has a library of online training and member resources that makes USCAA a step above everyone else. Heck, even their free training and resources are super useful.

For example, USCCA offers a free series of “What Would You Do?” videos wherein they discuss a particular scenario and then cover some of your best options.

Check out this video from their “What Would You Do?” series on car jacking. If you become a USCCA member, you get the full analysis and breakdown.

If you’d like to see how the USCCA compares to other CCW coverage options, check out our Best CCW Insurance article.

What I don’t like about the USCCA:

The biggest concern I have from their policy is that it contains a “recoupment clause.”

From their policy, Section I says:

“We shall have the right to seek recovery or recoupment from an “insured” the amount of any payments made to, for, or on behalf of the “insured”, including payments made to third parties, if it is determined that any such payments were made for matters not covered by this Policy or are otherwise prohibited by applicable law.”

This means that if it is determined that your incident wasn’t covered, whether it is found to not be lawful self defense or a law was broken like unlawful firearm possession, you could be required to to pay back all of the money that USCCA spent on your case.

This can be scary because it could mean that if you were found guilty then your incident wasn’t lawful self defense and you could be on the hook for all money paid.

However, I have found no incidents of this clause ever being used and there’s no guarantee that a guilty verdict, on its own, would be enough to trigger this.

To give them the benefit of the doubt, this section of the policy is understandable. They have many members to protect and don’t want to be spending money, that they could be using to defend you, on someone’s case if it wasn’t something that should have been covered.

My Final Thoughts

Dave Chesson is a member of USCCA CCW insurance

With their new policy having unlimited coverage for your defense and their training and resources, I think that the USCCA is a strong concealed carry insurance. I personally didn’t choose them for my CCW insurance (I selected this one), however, my business partner did.

For him, he wasn’t dissuaded by the above clause, and since he valued the extra training more, he saw this as a better ROI and based on his experience with the classes, he loves the extra training he got.

So, it comes down to your preference. It you like the access to that extra content/courses, and materials, and see the benefit to it, but aren’t turned off by some of the things I mentioned, then USCCA is the best choice.

USCCA PROS AND CONS

  • Most Features
  • Great Training
  • Highest Daily Per Diem
  • Choose Your Own Lawyer
  • Unlimited Legal Defense
  • Highest Cost

Report Card

COST

Although it is at the higher end, you are getting a premium product with a ton of features.

A-
COVERAGE

With their new unlimited coverage for defense and $2m cap on civil liability, USCCA has great coverage.

A
FEATURES

TONS of awesome features – way more than anyone else.

A+
VALUE

Easily the best value in CCW insurance especially if you are interested in al of the extra features and resources available to members.

A+
USCCA Final Grade

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Should You Get Self Defense Liability Protection?

It is up to you to determine whether legal protection coverage for CCW is right for you. This is because everyone’s situation, budget, and risk tolerance are unique and I can’t possibly know what’s best for you and your family.

However, I can tell you that I think it is worth the cost especially with what’s going on in the world today.

Why?

Well, defending your defensive gun use in criminal and/or civil trials can be VERY expensive (spending a few hundred thousand dollars, or more, is not unheard of). In fact, after you’ve used a gun to defend yourself, the fight isn’t over – in many cases it has just begun. This is where self defense liability insurance can really make a major difference.

As an attorney, one of the first things I tell my clients when they’re trying to figure out how to handle a particular problem is “it’s often better to avoid a fight than it is to win a fight.” That’s because “winning” can be VERY expensive when legal costs are involved.

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About Ryan Cleckner

Ryan is a former special operations sniper (1/75 Ranger) and current firearms attorney, firearms industry executive, university lecturer, and bestselling author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to really know something important to me. Where in writing does it say what would be covered in a simple traffic stop. No loaded firearm in the passenger compartment. Just unloaded weapon and magazines in a locked boxed in the trunk. Another locked box with ammunition in it. No one can see in your trunk. You’re a non resident in the state that you’re traveling through and following all the rules. Or trying like hell to follow them. There’s a minor fender bender, minor property damage. The officer ask any firearms any where? yes sir locked in my trunk, here’s my ID and permit. Which Illinois doesn’t recognize. I’m not being funny here. That officer had fight with his wife that morning and is just plain in a bad mood. The way I understand it. He could arrest you just on general principle. And even tho I followed all the rules, no brandishing a weapon, no discharge. Just a fender bender. USCCA offers me nothing in the way of protection. No help with bond. No help with a Lawyer to clear the matter up. Be in the terrible position of having had to use your firearm then maybe. But the list of non aggressive situations you could find yourself in. Your on your own. Any thoughts?

  2. Have had USCCA for five years, but just recently read the bit about having to repay them for expenses if you re ultimately found guilty, or are convinced to take a plea deal. Spoke with a rep, and he said USCCA would stay with you through an appeal, but if you lost that, then what? Double the amount to have to pay back? In a time and/or country where the legal system seems ever more divided into two levels, with DAs and prosecutors on crusades for social justice, this is really disturbing, and seems almost punitive. CCW Safe has no mention of repayment, that I have yet found.

  3. What about then clause in the USCCA contract that says they won’t cover you if you’re charged with a crime? That’s the whole reason why I want the coverage. If I’m charged with a crime and need to defend myself in court.

    1. Haven’t seen that clause nor anything like it in their newest policy – can you help point it out?

      1. It’s in their liability document, section 2.b “Exclusions”. I guess it kind of makes sense that they are not going to provide coverage for if you go and commit a crime, and then want coverage. If you were robbing a store and then used what you believed to be self defense, why would they cover you? It’s like setting your house on fire, and then filing a home owners claim.

        1. It is illegal to “cover” someone charged with a criminal act. The main issue is they can seek reimbursement and do not allow for appeals. If you’re found guilty they basically write you off as such.

  4. You won’t find better self-defense insurance for us Californians than USCCA. Absolutely fact, do your research and you’ll see why.

  5. As of today, it seems the insurance coverages have changed with both CCW Safe and USCCA. Do you still believe CCW Safe is the way to go? Still weighing my options and would love your knowledgeable input.

    1. CCW Safe makes sense for me and my family – your circumstances might be different. I don’t think you can really go wrong as both are reputable companies.

    2. I personally was considering CCW Safe but for us Californians we wouldn’t get much use out of it. CCW Safe is perfect for more pro-2nd Amendment states.

  6. I noticed most of the links per state are either not working or inactive. I am looking to find someone in Illinois. I have had USCCA for years and I am shopping around to see what else may be better, especially for Illinois, where I would like to receive more training. Any information as to who would be a good choice for us in Illinois? Tank you.

  7. I just heard from a police officer that reviewed and spoke with USCCA Reps that they will not cover a “bad” case so does that mean they will not pay your bill or pay your attorney fees until after you one in criminal court or civil court?

  8. According to the USCCA, they now have more than 604,000 members, so indeed a big organization that many CCW carriers trust. I’m shopping for CCW coverage and like the coverages CCW Safe provides as compared to the USCCA, but the training resources provided by the USCCA are a really big plus in their favor.

  9. Great info and on target.
    Insurance is one of those things? Love the USCCA program and training but you bring up very valid points and food for thought.

    I’m shopping right now and found your article in my research.

    Thank you
    Frank F

  10. I’m in the process of researching and just wanted to clarify a couple things for others who might be doing the same: (1) the USCCA membership page at https://www.deltadefense.com/offers/5f6c9c07df964/join-the-uscca-today clearly shows the $2M civil liability and $250K criminal defense coverage limits; (2) the CCW Safe policy has unlimited defense but a $1M cap on civil liability; (3) loss of earnings coverage per day in the CCW Safe base plan is 1/3 of the amount for USCCA. Both seem like good plans just pointing out some additional differences. Thanks!

    1. Thank you for this! It looks like they put their coverage numbers back up (we’er glad they changed their mind about this). I’ll update the article soon.

    2. Do you have to be a member of USCCA before you can actually see a list if attorneys in your area that would represent you if you needed to be represented

  11. Let’s say new laws are enacted that ban firearms even with a permit, to qualified citizens under our present laws. Let’s further assume the new laws require us to surrender either our firearms or ammo or extended mags or all the above. LEO agrees to enforce the new laws and drops by to demand you surrender your arms etc. If you do not surrender your arms, you are then considered a criminal and no longer qualify to have a concealed carry permit, or have a firearm. You’re a criminal. What good is this ‘insurance’ if we no longer can legally own a firearm. If we defend ourselves against an unlawful order where does USCCA stand then? I can see a future legal environment that would make such Ins a useless waste of money. Are you prepared to go to the mat for your members in a 2nd amendment case?

    1. If I am retired, living on S.S. and pension, will any of these “policies” pay me the per deim in the event of a trial? And do they only pay during the course of the trial for the actual days you are physically in court?

        1. Hello Ryan, I’m a 73-year-old male with only one arm. Other physical debilities also. Do not own a gun as of yet. Just pepper gel. Yet I live in the city ranked as the number one worst cities in the US to live in due to high crime rate. Memphis Tennessee. Therefore, I may someday need to act defensively. Just in case, I purchased uscca membership with insurance and would like to know how to find out ahead of time the very best criminal attorney(s) here who accept this insurance, in case I should need such an attorney. I would like to be able to make a phone call now and speak with their office before anything might happen to make sure that they do indeed accept this insurance and if there is a long wait list for clients. Any information you wish to offer would be appreciated! Thank you.

          1. If you have USCCA you can go on their website and see the list of attorneys they work with in your area. Hopefully you have a gun by now, if not get one as soon as you can! Until then USCCA is probably a waste of money for you. If you’re a one armed elderly man no judge or jury will try to convict you for pepper spraying someone. With that though – look up the cone/fog style spray. Much more effective and forgiving in terms of accuracy.

            I am not an attorney or giving you legal advice, just being realistic. Stay safe and thank you for your service.

      1. Wowzers this article reads like a paid endorsement from uscca, but don’t worry, the author assured us he’s not bias. Laughable

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