GOP Senate candidate Ted Budd advertises domestic violence insurance at his gun shop

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Ted Budd, the Republican nominee for the North Carolina Senate, is one of them two seated US Congressmen owning a gun shop, and he advertises on his website an insurance provider that supports gun owners facing domestic violence charges. Some attorneys and family members of gun violence victims have done so so-called insurance plans– who have also been promoted by the NRA– “Murder Insurance”.

Budd’s store, ProShots, is located in Rural Hall, North Carolina, and in the advertisement for US Law Shield insurance, the Senate candidate seems unnervingly willing to help customers who might use their ProShots guns to kill partners or family members hurt or threaten. Budd stops A rating of the NRA for his votes against gun safety legislation, and the group also supported him in his Senate race.

US Law Shield provides legal representation and other assistance to its members charged with criminal or civil charges of using force, and also provides bail, coverage for “negligent” or “accidental” firing of a firearm, and protection from prosecution under North Carolina law Wildlife Resource Commission regulations.

The insurance program in particular has some pretty contradictory ones conditions around reporting incidents of domestic violence: Specifically, the US Law Shield includes a domestic violence exclusion clause in its terms, stating that it does not cover cases “where a firearm or other lawful weapon is used against the current or former family member, household or family member is used in a dating relationship as defined under applicable state law.” But then, in June 2020, the program allegedly sent a letter received from Jezebel to its members clarifying that the above exclusion clause is all but deleted: “Any member who uses a firearm or other legal weapon in reasonable self-defence or defense of another is entitled to insurance coverage regardless of the specific charges against which he is subject, including charges of alleged domestic violence.

US Law Shield did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Part of the letter makes it sound like US Law Shield members asked a lot of about the conditions for members who are accused of domestic violence: “We are often asked about the exclusion of domestic violence,” it says. In the letter, the program seeks to make it clear that changing its terms is intended to support “victims” who are “often unfairly coerced into the justice system, where they await a challenging and lengthy process just to clear their name.” In reality, of course, the victims of domestic violence are far away more likely to be harmed through guns and gun violence. And research – in addition to a recent one high-profile domestic violence trial– shows how easy it is for perpetrators to present themselves as victims of incidents of domestic violence. A study from 2015 found 24 percent of women who called the police to report intimate partner violence said they were arrested or threatened with arrest.

To According to Everytown for Gun Safety, more than half of all mass shootings in the past decade have been carried out by a perpetrator who shot a current or former intimate partner or family member during their killing spree. Every month 70 women are shot by an intimate partner – that certainly doesn’t help friend loophole allows individuals with domestic violence convictions to purchase guns if they were not married to their victim.

Budd’s business, ProShots, could specifically advertise under its US Law Shield insurance Advertising program for compensation. The store — and Budd’s campaign for the US Senate — did not immediately respond to inquiries for comment. Ironically, Budd identifies as “pro-life” and is endorsed by the national right to life.

With midterm elections just weeks away, gun violence could be a priority for voters after a year of elections horrific mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and a number of others in Buffalo, New York; Sacramento, California; Highland Park, Illinois; and more. Yet in North Carolina’s race for the US Senate, one of the candidates seems more interested in helping gun-owning offenders stand up for themselves than preventing the inevitable next mass shooting, which is statistically likely to be committed by a domestic offender. GOP Senate candidate Ted Budd advertises domestic violence insurance at his gun shop

Andrew Schnitker

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