I know many of you have been wondering where the heck I’ve run off to from the pages of Legal Insurrection, so I want to immediately dispel the most common rumor:  No, Professor Jacobson and I have not broken up. 🙂

More seriously, the reason for my absence has been that I’ve been hard at work finishing the thoroughly updated newest edition of my book, “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition,” which I’m proud to announce published last week.  Further, I learned this morning that we’ve already achieved the number one position in Criminal Law new releases at Amazon.com, at that we’re #6 in the Criminal Law category overall. And today we also became #1 in the Hunting & Shooting category at Amazon.

In terms of what’s changed from the previous 2nd Edition published in 2013, all the legal content has been updated to 2016, we’ve added about 30% more explanations and illustrative examples, and of course it’s another re-write so it’s simply a better written book.

Law of Self Defense back cover bullet points

I’m pleased to say that the book is flying off the shelves–indeed, we’re having some modest difficulties getting the printer to produce them fast enough.  To put things in context, we haven’t seen sales of this volume since the height of the Zimmerman trial.

This is, of course, a good problem for us to have.  In the interest of further exacerbating this problem, and in appreciation to Professor Jacobson for providing such a wonderful forum and for the Legal Insurrection community for proving so wonderful an audience, we’re extending a 20% off discount: simply apply LEGAL at checkout to see the savings, as they say.  (Note that this coupon will work only at the Law of Self Defense website, and not at re-sellers of our book such as Amazon, NRA Store, Gun Digest, etc.)

Incidentally, that discount applies to everything at Law of Self Defense, not just the book.  Applied to “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition,” it essentially gets you nearly free shipping.  Applied to our live seminars or online classes it’ll save you $30 to $50, depending on the class and options selected.  Applied to our Instructor Program, it’ll save you a solid $200–yep, dual Benjamins, as the kids say these days.

I’m sure we’ll keep the LEGAL discount code active for at least a month, so there’s no rush, but after that we usually let the codes expire.  Also, if you’d like a custom autograph, just mention as much in the comments box at checkout.

I expect the launch of the book will trigger a bit of a tsunami of radio and podcast interviews, and with the Professor’s consent I’ll post about those here as they happen.

On an entirely separate note, I’ll be attending the NRA Annual Meeting again this year.  It’s being held in Louisville KY from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22.  I’m not speaking this year, it’s just a fun trip for me.  As I did last year, I’ll be traveling there by motorcycle, taking several days each way, and visiting with friends and family along the way.  This year I’ve allowed enough time to spend a day riding the Blue Ridge Parkway–a first for me, so very exciting.  I also plan to video blog my ride there and back, if that’s of interest, and if the technology gremlins allow.  I expect I’ll post those entries over at my own blog rather than here, as they won’t really be legal in context–just fun for folks to follow along, if they care to.

So, if you happen to be somewhere between Boston and Louisville next week or the following week and you see someone riding by looking much like the Michelin man on a big BMW motorcycle, give a wave–likely as not, that’s me.

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And of course if you plan to be at the NRA Annual Meeting yourself, be sure to introduce yourself.  We’re a large community here, and it’s not too often we have the chance to meet in meatspace.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


BREAKING! The fully updated newest edition of our best-selling book has launched, “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition”!

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