NRA Self-Defense Insurance Draws Backlash

Posted at 8:21 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 21:52:05-04

The National Rifle Association has launched a new insurance program for people who shoot someone. It has stirred criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.

The NRA's insurance, called "Carry Guard," offers coverage for civil and criminal costs associated with shootings that are described as happening in self-defense.

A new gun-control group called Guns Down America has urged the two insurance companies that back the policies to drop out.

The group claims the two companies "are perpetuating fear of minorities and immigrants, and by offering special protections to gun owners who shoot first and ask questions later, these insurance companies are promoting gun violence."

They've launched an ad campaign to draw attention to the insurance. It features a video message from Sybrina Fulton.

She's the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen shot and killed in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.