When we started the Network in 2008, we established a separate Legal Defense Fund drawn from a portion of the members' dues as well as corporate and individual donations. It is set aside for the legal defense of members after self defense and is not tapped for any other expenses. The Fund balance at present exceeds $4,000,000.
Additional financial support to defray legal costs is provided to Network members after self-defense incidents that occur during their Network membership period. See https://armedcitizensnetwork.org/learn/membership-benefits for full description of Network membership benefits.
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.