Second Call Defense serves tens of thousands of America’s gun owners. They provide support, including legal insurance to those who lawfully use their firearms to defend innocent life from criminal attack. Now, however, Second Call has joined the ranks of gun-related companies that have been victimized by corporate gun control bigots.
Without any notice to Second Call, their insurance administrator, AmWINS, mailed certified letters to all of Second Call’s members. Inside, a “Notice of Nonrenewal of Insurance” informing members that their policies would not renew in October. In one Guns Save Life member’s case, that meant his coverage would terminate on 10/13/2018.
Here’s the letter he received:
In speaking with Second Call Defense’s Operations Manager, Bill Marquet, he indicated that AmWINS’ decision caught Second Call’s leadership off-guard. Their insurance underwriter is still in place. He also assured me that Second Call already has a new insurance administrator – Rockwood – to service their customers and that insurance coverage would not lapse for any of their subscribers.
Insurance administrators handle the transaction processing, billing and other tasks. And in this case, AmWINS no longer has the backs of Second Call’s members or Second Call Defense.
“They [AmWINS] just decided they were not going to offer this anymore in today’s political environment,” Marquet told me. He said Second Call’s leadership had no idea of AmWINS’ decision until their members began calling with questions and concerns.
Mr. Marquet said a mass e-mail will go out to Second Call Defense members today explaining the situation. Shortly thereafter, written letters will also go out, explaining the change in administrators and assuring Second Call members that their insurance policies will remain in force, protecting subscribers and their families.
Furthermore, according to Mr. Marquet, the company’s relationship with Lloyd’s, the actual insurer, has not changed. Lloyd’s has not bailed on “this type of business.”
This whole episode shows how anti-gun companies can cause havoc in the gun-owning community. AmWINS could have handled their arbitrary decision to end their services with Second Call Defense in a far more professional manner. Instead, they contacted Second Call’s members without even notifying the company of their decision.
But then again, reason, logic and facts mean little to people and companies with an irrational fear of tools.