What is the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network's Mission?

Our mission, indeed, our entire focus is the preparation, education and legal defense of Network members who defend themselves and their families, then face unmeritorious prosecution by the criminal justice system.
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The Network is an organization of gun owners pooling their strength to protect one another when a member comes under scrutiny of the legal system after acting in self defense. Just as the earliest labor unions were mere groups of workers joined together to prevent abuse of individual workers, Network members have joined, not because they expect to use deadly force in self defense, but because they are well aware of the abuses the legal system can enact against the innocent man or women forced to defend self or family.

Our members recognize that an individual may not carry much weight against the legal system. The Network's strength, its experts and the fund amassed from 25% of all membership dues, provides vastly more power to protect your legal rights and legal survival.

A Network member is probably the least likely gun owner to be involved in a shooting or otherwise use deadly force. This is because of our aggressive educational program that starts when you join the Network. A 235-page book plus an informative series of eight educational DVDs is given to each new member. The DVDs ensure that your understanding of use of force in self defense is first class. Our content-rich on-line journal carries on that mission each month.

The Network is a membership organization with a variety of services for members. Using the links to the right, you can browse through information about what you get with your membership, an introduction to the Network leadership, media coverage of the Network, why our members have joined, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Get to Know the Network Leaders

The Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc. is a privately-owned, for-profit corporation led by President Marty Hayes, Vice-President Vincent Shuck and Operations Manager Gila Hayes. Brief biographical sketches of each follow.

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What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law

We'd like to send you your own copy of this concise, little booklet packed with critical information for American gun owners.

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The Firearms Press is Talking About the Network

Word is getting out about the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc. We appreciate the publicity the firearms media and authors give the Network as they spread word of the Network and its mission.

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Post Self Defense Support: The Buyer's Guide

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by Marty Hayes, J.D.
President, Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc.

For over seven years both members and non-members asked me to compare what the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. (the Network) does for its members versus what is offered by all the other companies and products now being offered to help deal with the legal aftermath of a self-defense incident. At our readers’ urging, I decided to take on this task, with the first edition published in August of 2014, and updated periodically. Instead of a chart like the other companies use–a chart designed to highlight attributes of their programs and down play the competitors’–I will give a detailed narrative and explanation of all the different types of programs of which I am currently aware. But before I get into the nuts and bolts of all these programs, a little history lesson is in order.

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