The Oh-So-Important ‘After the Bang’ Phone Call

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Imagine you’ve just been involved in a self-defense incident. Someone threatened the life of you or your loved one, so you drew your weapon and fired a shot. You know you should probably call 911 to get help fast, but what about calling your attorney? You were only protecting your life, but will the police see it that way? What should you do?


If you’ve used your gun, you need to call 911 as soon as possible. But beware: all 911 calls are recorded, and anything you say can (and probably will) be used against you!

With that in mind, you want to be careful not to give the operator any unnecessary details of what happened. It’s important to NEVER use words like “killed” or “shot” when speaking to the 911 operator. Simply relay the minimum information they need to help you appropriately, (i.e. your name, location, emergency services needed) and state that you were the victim of a crime. Then, HANG UP!


After hanging up, your next call should always be to your attorney. If you don’t have an attorney who can help you through moments like this, you might want to get one. Talking to them before making a statement to law enforcement will help you avoid accidentally saying the wrong thing and getting yourself in even deeper trouble.

U.S. LawShield members have 24/7/365 emergency access to the AttorneyResponse 365TM hotline, which gives them direct access to an Independent Program Attorney after a self-defense emergency. Day or night, these experienced attorneys are ready to assist you through the immediate aftermath so you don’t have to face it alone.

Once you’ve dialed your attorney, keep in mind these “pro tips” to ensure your call is the most successful:

  1. Stay out of earshot of others. This ranges from law enforcement (for obvious reasons) to first responders, to even your own family members. The protection of the attorney-client privilege is one of the few gifts our legal system gives you, so don’t throw it away carelessly! However, if someone standing close by overhears your conversation, that person can be called to testify about what you said. So, try your best to get to a place where you can speak freely without being overheard.
  • Be ready to provide relevant personal information. Your attorney will ask you to confirm your name, location, and callback number. It’s also a good idea to have emergency contact information (a spouse, family member, or friend) ready just in case you’re arrested. Providing your attorney with this information allows them to give you the best help possible for your situation.
  • Stay calm and trust your attorney. You’ve just had one of the worst days of your life, and your attorney doesn’t expect you to have a perfect statement ready. Answer their questions as best as you can, and they’ll help make sure your initial encounter with law enforcement doesn’t worsen your troubles down the road. They’re trained to take control of the situation, so let them steer!


If the police have already arrived or you weren’t able to call your attorney right away, what should you do? Affirmatively invoke your rights! You have the right to remain silent and the right to speak to your attorney. Remember, your goal here isn’t to convince the police not to arrest you. Also, you should NEVER consent to a search of your person or property. While the police may still conduct one, make it clear that you do not consent.

Remember, ignorance of the law is not an excuse that will hold up in court. You need to be prepared for after the bang too, not only with knowledge of your rights but also with a powerful ally to help defend those rights if they’re ever questioned. If you’re ready to get powerful protection you can count on day or night, check out U.S. LawShield legal defense for self-defense coverage today.

For more information on how to protect yourself, join U.S. LawShield today!

About the author: U.S. LawShield Our organization traces its roots to 2009, when a group of pioneering lawyers became fed up with the hostility and abuse in the legal system directed towards responsible gun owners. They saw innocent people suffering the terrible consequences of someone else’s choice to commit crime. And to make matters worse, those people were tied up in the legal system, struggling to defend themselves. Innocent people were experiencing financial duress, bankruptcy—or worst of all, going to jail.The Second Amendment states “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” And yet, every day, our founders saw innocent, responsible gun owners experiencing mistreatment in the legal system—as if they were the ones that had done something wrong. To fight these injustices, our founders chose to stand up for the rights of the American people and become a champion for good and the voice of justice. That’s when the idea for our company was born: the first concealed weapon legal defense program to truly provide Legal Defense for Self-Defense.Our business was born in Texas and continues today from our headquarters in Houston, Texas. For many years, we provided our program to law-abiding residents of Texas and was known as Texas LawShield®. Demand for services existed well-beyond the state of Texas and our team expanded to other states. Along the way, we took on the name U.S. LawShield®.Today, we are serving members in the majority of states. While we are honored that our focus and mission have really resonated with so many people – literally attracting hundreds of thousands across the country, we will never forget what brought us together, why we exist to serve members and we will always stay close to our Texas roots. It is said the people of Texas have some unique customs and traditions like independence, self-reliance, a can-do spirit, and a big heart (caring for one another). We work to convey this in all we do for our members.

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  • Cosmic April 23, 2021, 9:30 am

    Does anyone who visits this site use this company, or has anyone needed this company/membership to help them in a situation such as this article? I’m curious if you would share your story.

    • Robert Lee April 23, 2021, 10:38 am

      I have been a member for 3 years now… I have not had any incidents needing their help but that is what insurance is for… I have heard many stories of their assistance to others and consider them or some organization like them mandatory if you carry… Is there any doubt that you are guilty until proven innocent in Biden’s America? There is not “a” race card, the entire deck is about race and the division and destruction of America. Take all legal steps you can to avoid being a pawn in this deadly game…

  • Royce Hayes April 23, 2021, 8:11 am

    I just read your “After the Bang” article. It is very good, concise and (I thought) contained excellent advice. Thank you. I do not carry a firearm, but found the information helpful for anyone who might find themselves involved in a dispute that somehow escalated.

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