U.S. Law Shield
June 4, 2014
U.S. Law Shield
More States Added to U.S Law Shield Multi-State
Great news members! We have added another five states to our Multi-State Program! These states are added free of charge to our current Multi-State Program to help you be even better protected when outside of Pennsylvania. If you travel to other states with the Multi-State Program and have a legal use of your firearm, you will have continued seamless coverage.

If you don't already have Multi-State coverage added on to your membership, then consider having the additional peace of mind. With the newly added states to the multi-state program, the membership add-on is still only $2.95 a month!

New states added to our Multi-State Program include:

Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington

To add the Multi-State option to your membership or for more information, please log in to our Member Portal or call our office at 877-474-7184 and we will be happy to assist you.

Our complete list of states covered under the Multi-State Program includes:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington

Forget How To Flip The Bird If You Carry A Firearm

Dear Pennsylvanians,

Here at U.S. Law Shield, we strive to pass along to our members the experiences we encounter across both Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole. In this article, we would like to offer some real-world practical advice for firearms owners, with the specific goal of keeping them out of the legal system. If you keep a firearm in your automobile, you should not allow yourself the luxury of losing your temper while driving. It is our experience that if you do, you are putting yourself at a significant risk of arrest even if you have done nothing illegal!

Before we begin, let us remind you of some points on Pennsylvania law that we believe are crucial to the subject. It is very important to remember that the moment you put your gun in any vehicle, it becomes concealed under Pennsylvania law unless you are going directly to and from target practice or to and from the gun store after purchase. If you have a firearm in your car without one of those two exceptions, even if it is in plain view to all, and you do not have a license to carry a concealed firearm, you are in violation of the law. Pennsylvania law does not allow a person to intentionally display a firearm in a threatening manner in response to being cut off by another car, having another car slowly drift across a highway lane, or in response to provocation from another driver which does not amount to an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury. In other words, if the other driver is just being a jerk, a bad driver, or both - you cannot display a firearm in response. The practical advice put forth in this article is not meant for those who are acting illegally by breaking these laws, but rather to help protect those who stay within the law but may still find themselves caught up in the legal system.

Over the last several years, the experience of our over 90,000 members has taught us that often, all it takes to get arrested, and possibly charged with a crime, is the mere allegation from another driver that they believed someone might have had a firearm during a traffic altercation. There have been numerous occasions where our members have been involved in traffic incidents (i.e., both drivers flipping each other off) where the opposing driver (sometimes in fits of rage and paranoia) calls 911 following the disagreement. The common trend shows this driver may then proceed to make vague allegations and speculations. For example: "He pointed something that looked like a gun!", "She put an object on the dashboard to intimidate me!", or "I think they may have a gun!"

Upon listening to the actual 911 calls, these allegations can sometimes seem to be little more than mere conjecture by an irate motorist, but to make matters worse, 911 operators often ask leading questions, possibly resulting in even more inaccuracies when the report is transmitted to the responding officers (remember the information the police officer often have to initially work with on the scene can be inaccurate, incomplete, or just plain wrong). As a matter of standard procedure, the police will typically be dispatched following such a call. In our experience, if the police pull someone over under these circumstances and the driver does in fact have a legal firearm in their possession after the exchange of "roadway pleasantries," they will likely be arrested with little or no evidence beyond the initial caller�s word. Why does this happen? That answer can be studied from many different angles, and is beyond the scope of this article, but rest assured that it is happening.

Therefore, our advice to our members who carry a firearm in their vehicle is: always do it legally and don't let yourself get drawn into any form of a road rage incident no matter how minor. We have seen too many cases that were clearly incidents of enraged motorists overreacting and calling 911 to �get even.� The other driver/caller may convey allegations that are physically impossible or defy the laws of physics, but the falsity of these allegations can only be shown after an investigation, lots of grief, and involvement in the criminal justice system. These types of 911 calls can result in an arrest for what realistically amounted to bad manners. Frankly, our legal system can be far from perfect. So our message is simple: Don't allow yourself to get caught up in the legal system just because you got angry in traffic. If you carry a gun, don't flip the bird! It can happen to you.

Featured Pennsylvania CCW Seminars




U.S. Law Shield of Pennsylvania is proud be partnering with our friends at Lethal Force for two CCW Seminars this month! Don't miss your chance to register for one!

You and your friends are invited! Come out to our seminar on Tuesday, June 24 at the Shenango Township Firehall in New Castle, or Wednesday, June 25 at the Rochester Sportsmen's Club in Rochester. Join us at either seminar from 6 to 9:30 p.m. as U.S. Law Shield Program Attorneys and firearms experts separate legal fact from fiction.

Topics include Use of Force and Stand Your Ground Laws, Where You Can Legally Carry, and How To Deal With Difficult Law Enforcement. Plus, there's no cost to attend!

Learn about firearms and self-defense law that affects you as a gun owner. Register today!

Sign up for the June 24 seminar here, or sign up for the June 25 seminar here.
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