A Texas company that insures gun owners has seen its business increase substantially since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
“People who have seen what happened to Zimmerman began to consider their own circumstances and asked how would their life be affected if something like that happened to them,” said attorney Edwin Walker, cofounder of Texas Law Shield.
Texas Law Shield charges a base monthly fee of $11 to gun owners who act in self-defense to advise them during police investigations and represent them at trial. The company has a 24-hour hotline to assist its more than 70,000 members if they have questions, The Star-Telegram reported.
“There are about half-a-dozen crimes where a person can be charged if they simply display or discharge their weapon,” Walker said. “You don’t have to shoot someone to get in trouble.”
According to Mark Walters, a spokesman for the United States Concealed Carry Association, interest in the company has “phones ringing off the hook,” in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.
“If someone’s carrying a firearm and they have to display or discharge their weapon and it is reported to police, they should anticipate charges being brought,” Walters said. “If you make a decision to carry a weapon, you should consider taking out one of these types of policies.”
Attorneys from Texas Law Shield successfully represented Darrell Schooler after he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he shot at a man outside a Fort Worth nightclub.
“This is insurance I thought I’d never have to use,” Schooler said. “Without it, I’d probably be in jail for something I didn’t do. God was with me that day. If I had leaned an inch-and-a-half to the left, I wouldn’t be talking to you now. That’s how close I came to getting my head blown off.”