WA insurance commissioner fines gun owner association

insurancebusinessmag.com | October 22, 2019

The insurance commissioner of the state of Washington has fined a gun owner’s association for violating state laws regarding the sale of prohibited insurance.Commissioner Mike Kreidler fined the US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) $100,000, due to the organization “selling unauthorized insurance that illegally covers defense costs for criminal shootings. State officials said that the USCCA’s insurance plan was bundled together with membership. The protection plan offers payments for criminal defense costs if a member is charged with a crime involving intentional use of a firearm or other weapon.Washington state law prohibits an individual from purchasing insurance for their own intentional criminal activity. The state regulator similarly fined the National Rifle Association earlier this year for the same violation.

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