What is the role of the Network's Legal Defense Fund?
The purpose of the Network’s Legal Defense Fund is to provide legal defense support to Network members after a self-defense incident. This support is supplied in two different ways.
First, the Network will forward up to $25,000 to the member’s attorney at the request of the member after a self-defense incident. This money is intended to ensure a member has legal representation immediately after an incident.
Secondly, if the member is charged with a crime or sued civilly and needs additional money for his or her legal defense, the Network provides additional funding for a vigorous defense of the member's justifiable self-defense actions. One of the purposes of the Network Advisory Board consisting of Massad Ayoob, John Farnam, Jim Fleming, Tom Givens, Emanuel Kapelsohn and Dennis Tueller is to review these cases and advise the Network leadership as to the merits of the case so an appropriate funding decision can be made. This is necessary to make sure the Network is not using the Legal Defense Fund to help defend acts that are not consistent with the Network’s mission.
The Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Fund generates income from a number of essential sources, including an allocation of 25% of all Network membership dues and renewals, plus 100% of corporate donations, estate and bequest gifts, and personal contributions.
A portion is automatically deducted from each member’s dues and deposited in the Legal Defense Fund’s account. Network members are entitled to case review by one of the Network experts and have access to contact information for Network-affiliated attorneys and expert witnesses.
For this service, there is no charge beyond the Network membership fee. Beyond that, distribution of monetary grants to help with legal fees is at the discretion of the Network’s Advisory Board. Financial support to defray legal costs is available to Network members for incidents that occur during their Network membership period.
Corporate philanthropy is growing as more and more businesses see the importance of the Network’s efforts. Some corporations in the shooting industry make financial donations to the Legal Defense Fund while others donate products or services. These products and services are then auctioned to the highest bidder through an Internet auction service, such as GunBroker.com. Proceeds from these sales go directly into the fund. The Network shares information about the company’s donation and acknowledges the contribution to Network members and others who visit the auction site.
The act of giving a dollar amount or property to the Legal Defense Fund through estate planning is an option that should be discussed with your family, attorney, and financial planner.
Individuals make the difference. Network members and friends can and do make private contributions to the Legal Defense Fund. The Fund provides the financial resources to aid members against unmeritorious prosecution or civil law suit following a justifiable use of deadly force in self defense.
Network members share a common cause – the concept of knowledgeable armed citizens pooling resources to support one another’s legal defense. Your personal donation will help achieve this goal.