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.

Comparison of Post-Incident Support Plans

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

Three Different Types of Programs

In the self defense aftermath support industry, there are three types of programs. There is the insurance model, where the benefits are underwritten by an insurance carrier/underwriter. There are legal services plans, where you sign an agreement with a law firm or a company that will hire attorneys for you to provide your legal defense. And then there is the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, which is a membership program, through which members are afforded member benefits that focus on legal defense after self defense. I will explain each type in its own separate category.

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Why Should I be a Member of Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network?

The membership benefits alone can pay for your yearly membership dues!

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Questions most often asked about the Network include...

If considering joining the network, you undoubtedly have questions!  We've compiled a fairly comprehensive list of those we've been asked. 

If you don't find the answer to your question, please contact us by clicking the "Contact" link above.

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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.


The concept of the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc. is the idea of the Network’s President Marty Hayes, who, after founding and running a successful firearms training business (The Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc.) for many years, chose to address the issues of post shooting legal issues. In 2003, Marty decided to pursue a law degree with the expectation of working in the legal arena, and during this time, the idea of the Network was born. Upon graduation in 2007, he set out to form the structure of the Network, along with working with other top firearms training professionals to ensure the success of the Network.

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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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