California tells NRA it can’t sell Carry Guard insurance in state
By Chris Eger
An attendee at the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas tries out an interactive demonstrator at the NRA Carry Guard self-defense insurance booth (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The California insurance commissioner this week issued a cease and desist order to the National Rifle Association for marketing insurance in the state without a license.
The seven-page order, issued by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Tuesday, alleges the gun rights group marketed an insurance product without properly registering with his office. In the order, Jones contends the NRA sent emails to California residents featuring national spokeswoman Dana Loesch and chief executive Wayne LaPierre soliciting on behalf of the group’s Carry Guard-branded self-defense insurance program, something the organization was not licensed for.
“The California Department of Insurance insists on full compliance with California law that requires persons soliciting the purchase of insurance in California must be appropriately licensed to do so,” said Jones in a statement. “Because the NRA allegedly failed to comply with this California legal requirement, it became necessary for the department to take this action against the NRA to end this illegal conduct in California.”
According to the order, the gun group last year began offering policies with four levels of coverage ranging from $250,000