California Orders NRA to Stop Selling Carry Guard Insurance Policy

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California ordered the National Rifle Association to stop selling its insurance policy that covers legal damages from injuries or property damage from legally using a gun.

On Tuesday, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) issued a cease and desist order to the NRA. The agency stated that the organization is marketing its insurance policy without a license in the state.

The state regulator is referring to NRA’s Carry Guard Personal Firearms Liability Including Self-defense insurance policy. Carry Guard provides “comprehensive coverage and training” for gun owners. The organization described it as a “membership carry program.”

Carry Guard’s levels of coverage range from $250,000 to $1.5 million in civil defense benefits, and $50,000 to $250,000 in criminal defense benefits. The annual premium depends on the level of coverage, ranging from $155 to $550. A gun owner needs to join Carry Guard and pay a membership fee to buy the insurance policy.

NRA Violated California Insurance Code § 1631

In its order, the CDI noted that the NRA sent two emails to its mailing list of subscribers in the state. The email on June 1, 2017 featured NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch encouraging members to sign up for Carry Guard. It stated that the product provides comprehensive protection and also that it is “affordable for everyone.” Then it enumerated the available benefits and coverage under the insurance policy.