While inconvenient, run-of-the-mill identity theft can usually be resolved with a phone call or visit to your bank. Unfortunately, not all identity theft is equal. Sometimes, it strikes at your right to defend yourself and your family…
One woman’s nightmare was just beginning when she discovered her ID was stolen and used to purchase a firearm. Erica Nicole Blake plead guilty after using a West Virginia driver’s license belonging to another woman to purchase a handgun from an FFL dealer. Blake, a convicted felon, was prohibited under federal law from purchasing or possessing firearms. Imagine her victim’s surprise when police investigators questioned her regarding Blake’s activities.
When your identity is used to commit crimes, your entire world can be turned upside down.
What happens if your stolen ID is used to purchase a firearm? What if that firearm is used and left at a crime scene? What if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives performs a firearms trace leading them to you? What are you going to tell the federal agents at your door asking to inspect your gun collection?
It can be painful and costly for a victim to unwind identity theft. In the scenario above, having attorney assistance early in the process could mean the difference between a quick conversation with law enforcement or a prolonged investigation.
You are not responsible for the crimes others commit, but without an advocate protecting your rights, you may feel compelled to try to prove your innocence and could even inadvertently incriminate yourself along the way.
That’s where Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage comes in. By adding this coverage to your U.S. LawShield membership, you are given vital support from Independent Program Attorneys.
Sometimes, all a criminal needs is a clean name to pull off their evil deeds. It’s our responsibility as law-abiding citizens and gun owners, to protect our information. While we can’t prevent criminals from committing crimes, we can make it as difficult as possible for them to make us victims.
From assisting with documentation and notification, all the way to legal defense if charges are filed against you, a U.S. LawShield membership with Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage is truly the protection every responsibly armed gun owner needs. Add this powerful protection to your membership today.
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