Judge Upholds Washington’s Orders Against Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network

Judge Upholds Washington’s Orders Against Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network

Sponsored by SIAA An administrative law judge upheld Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s fine and cease-and-desist order against Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network Inc., for illegally acting as an insurer in the state. Kreidler in March ordered Armed Citizens to stop acting as an insurer. Armed Citizens sells memberships that include self-defense insurance to cover bail and legal costs incurred in conjunction with using force against another person. In May 2020, Kreidler fined Armed Citizens $200,000 for law violations. “The bottom line is that this is about illegal insurance activity in Washington state,” said Kreidler. “Armed Citizens and other similar organizations try to cloud the issue by saying it’s about guns or about denying people their Second Amendment rights, which is untrue. At the end of the day, Armed Citizens and others like it are attempting to illegally operate as an insurer in Washington state and it’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Armed Citizens appealed both actions and an administrative law judge upheld Kreidler’s actions. The judge amended the fine to $50,000 and ordered Armed Citizens to pay it by Dec. 7. Armed Citizens can appeal the ruling to superior court until Dec. 7. Armed Citizens, based in Onalaska, Wash., has sold memberships to over 17,000 people nationwide, including 2,559 in Washington state, since 2008. Its marketing materials promise “when a member uses force in self defense, the Network immediately sends up to $25,000 to the member’s attorney and can provide up to $25,000 in bail […]

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