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Many theories exist as to whether the cause is inherent nature, the lack of nurture during the formative years, or a combination of both. In the middle of a violent criminal assault, how important is it to know the correct answer? At that point, it is not necessary to know what is behind the assailant’s motivation, but it is important to know ways to effectively respond and successfully survive with little or no injury.

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018

in this episode, Stan and Mike interview Don West, National Trial Counsel for CCW Safe.  They talk about an in depth history of Don's legal defense career, and talk about his role with CCW Safe.  

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weather a concealed carrier lives in a “Stand-Your-Ground” state or not, we always insist that if you can avoid using deadly force in self-defense, you should. The shooters in the self-defense cases we have profiled, whether they were acquitted by a jury or sent to jail, have had plenty of time to reflect on their decision to use deadly force and decide if it was really absolutely necessary. The real test to measure whether a shooting is absolutely justified is to imagine being convicted of murder in a self-defense case. If you knew pulling the trigger would land you in jail for the rest of your life, would you still shoot? We asked Stephen Maddox this very question. He answered, “yes."

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018

In this episode, Stan and Mike finish the discussion about the core values of CCW Safe.  They final two core values in this discussion are Experience and Leadership.  They talk about the experience and leadership of the founders of CCW Safe, as well as the employees of CCW Safe, but more importantly the attorneys, the panel advisors of CCW Safe and others that CCW Safe has aligned themselves wtih.   Time: 56 minutes. 

Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2018

Maddox’s phone call was a near-textbook example of how to report a self-defense shooting to authorities. The call occurred immediately after the confrontation (Maddox initiated it just prior to the confrontation, in fact). He made a clear declaration that he was attacked and that he shot in self-defense. When the operator gave Maddox instructions on how to engage dispatched police officers and surrender his weapon, Maddox complied perfectly. The way Maddox handled the call was so by-the-book that prosecutors actually tried to use it against him at trial, suggesting to jurors during closing arguments that “he knows what language to use.”

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018

Steve Maddox was forced to use deadly force in order to save his own life in October of 2015. He was attacked 3 times within minutes from an attacker almost double his size, and after trying to get away twice, he was left with no other options but to use deadly force by using his handgun. Stephen had a concealed carry permit, and was within the law, buteven so, he was charged with first degree murder.

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018

In this episode Stan and Mike talk with George Holt, George spent 25 years in law enforcement, and is now the preisdent of Solutions Group International, which provides specialized security services, tactical training, threat assessments and leading edge anti-terrorism / counter-terrorism applications to law enforcement, security, government, military, entertainment, and corporate sectors worldwide.

Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018

At six-foot-two and 290 pounds, Kelly Wilkerson outclassed Stephen Maddox in a fist fight. On three occasions during the October 17, 2015 Queens of Chrome motorcycle rally, Wilkerson attacked Maddox and fought him to the ground. On two occasions, Maddox escaped his attacker with the help of bystanders who pulled Wilkerson away. Maddox escaped the third attack with four shots from his .44 revolver.

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018

One of the things that was immediately apparent about CCW Safe to Stephen Maddox, was the leadership that was displayed by CCW Safe. Stephen did a simple online search for legal defense companies for concealed carriers after hearing a radio ad from a competitor. When comparing the services of CCW Safe, he immediately saw a higher level of leadership with CCW Safe. He saw leadership as a company in the industry, but also with the owners and employees of CCW Safe.

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018

In this episode, Stan and Mike talk about the core values of CCW Safe.  They talk about how CCW Safe developed the core values for the company, and how important it is to the founders and to the company.  The core values of Commitment, Dedication, and Caring are discussed in this episode, and how they play a role in the day in, day out services of CCW Safe.  The two other core values of Leadership and Experience will be covered in an upcoming podcast.  

Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018

The conflict between Maddox and Wilkerson had been building for months. Once friends in the same motorcycle club, the two had a falling out, and they exchanged words on more than one occasion. Eventually, Wilkerson left the group, but he harbored some resentment towards Maddox over club disputes. It wasn’t until the night of the Queens of Chrome rally on October, 17, 2016, however, that the conflict turned physical.

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018

Just over a year ago, CCW Safe provided the defense of member Stephen Maddox in the industry first, full trial of a self defense Murder I case. Stephen was found not guilty, and was able to walk out of the front doors of that courthouse. One of the core values of CCW Safe is commitment, and it was seen through the course of the trial in the coverage and resources provided by CCW Safe.

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018

In this episode of "Inside CCW Safe" Mike and Stan talk with Gary Eastridge, Critical Response Coordinator for CCW Safe. There's alot more to CCW Safe's critical response program than just a call center when dealing with citizens who have been involved in a self defense shooting. The three talk about critical incidents, what they are, and how they are handled by CCW Safe. CCW Safe bases the handling of critical incidents on their experience as police officers, and experience they recieved after being involved in shootings themselves.

Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Beyond surveillance cameras, the parking lot outside of Bill’s Convention Center that evening was swarming with people. There were potential witnesses everywhere. Once law enforcement arrived, they deployed technology that could record license plate numbers, meaning they had the ability to follow up with people who may have witnessed the shooting. Maddox believed those eye-witness accounts would support his claim, but police didn’t follow up on those leads, and defense attorneys highlighted their failure to pursue this aspect of the investigation during trial.

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018

It looks like a prosecutor in Colorado Springs is going to once again test the legal boundaries of Colorado’s "make-my-day" statute, passed into law in 1986. The "Make My Day" law, properly §18-1-704.5. Use of deadly physical force against an intruder, has several substantive sections: one relaxes the proportionality requirement when dealing with a home intruder under certain circumstances. Two others provide for criminal and civil immunity under those same circumstances. (You can read the actual language of the statute by pointing your browser to lawofselfdefense.com/makemyday.)

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Just over a year ago, CCW Safe provided the defense of member Stephen Maddox in the industry first, full trial of a self defense Murder I case. Stephen was found not guilty, and was able to walk out of the front doors of that courthouse. One of the core values of CCW Safe is Caring, and it was seen through the course of the trial in the coverage and resources provided by CCW Safe.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018

The new Inside CCW Safe Podcast is hosted by founders Stan Campbell and Mike Darter, and features new conversations on CCW Safe, the founders, employees, advisors, and more. In this first episode, Stan and Mike talk about the history of CCW Safe. They talk about why we were founded, and go into detail about the history of Mike Darter, and his experience as a police officer that brought forth the idea to create a business based on the police union model for concealed carriers.

Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2018

Most of the cases we explore in The Four Elements of Self-Defense are stories pulled from the headlines -- high-profile self-defense cases that can provide lessons for the concealed carrier. In our next series, we'll explore a story that is close to home for us because the shooter, Stephen Maddox, is a CCW Safe member. Stephen was prosecuted for first degree murder for the shooting of Kelley Wilkerson. Stephen gave us permission to tell his story, and for the next few weeks, we will explore how the elements of location, escalation, reasonable fear, and post-incident actions affected his legal defense, which included a significant contribution from CCW Safe National Trial Counsel Don West.

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018

The facts involve two groups of men stopped at a red light who get into a lethal confrontation. The Defendant was in the front passenger seat of his friend’s Ford Mustang, with others in the back of the car. The Defendant and others in the Mustang were armed. A Dodge Challenger rolled up next to the Mustang containing several other men. The two groups had some pre-existing animosity, and began to yell at each other.

Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Just over a year ago, CCW Safe provided the defense of member Stephen Maddox in the industry first, full trial of a self defense Murder I case. Stephen was found not guilty, and was able to walk out of the front doors of that courthouse. One of the core values of CCW Safe is commitment, and it was seen through the course of the trial in the coverage and resources provided by CCW Safe.

Posted: Monday, September 3, 2018

The new Inside CCW Safe Podcast is hosted by founders Stan Campbell and Mike Darter, and features new conversations on CCW Safe, the founders, employees, advisors, and more. In this first episode, Stan and Mike talk about the history of CCW Safe. They talk about why we were founded, and go into detail about the history of Mike Darter, and his experience as a police officer that brought forth the idea to create a business based on the police union model for concealed carriers.

Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2018

In this episode of "In Self Defense", Don West and Shawn Vincent talk about the "Loud Music" case involving Michael Dunn.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2018

Just over a year ago, CCW Safe defended member Stephen Maddox in the industry first, full trial of a self defense Murder I case. Stephen was found not guilty, and was able to walk out of the front doors of that courthouse, which is a rare existence when one is being tried for first degree murder.

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2018

Dunn fatally shot seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis at a convenience store parking lot after an argument over the loud music Davis and his friends were listening to in their red Dodge Durango. While Dunn claimed Davis made death threats, displayed a shotgun, and attempted to get out of his car to attack him, no evidence or witness testimony corroborated his account. Dunn fled the scene and failed to contact law enforcement. A witness memorized Dunn’s license plate number, and detectives apprehended Dunn at his home the next day. He was eventually charged with one count of first degree murder for the shooting of Jordan Davis, and three counts of first degree attempted murder for firing at a car full of teenagers as they sped away. The state threw in a charge of throwing or firing “deadly missiles” for good measure.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018

I warn students in every class that certain job titles, like lawyer, cop, or firearms instructor, DO NOT guarantee a person in those fields knows a darned thing about use-of-force law. We lawyers, for example, are not taught the subject to any real depth in law school—just a few minutes in first-year criminal law. And any lawyer who is not a criminal defense attorney has no professional need to understand it.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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