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About: Andrew Branca

Andrew F. Branca is in his third decade of practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He wrote the first edition of the “Law of Self Defense” in 1997, and is currently in the process of completing the fully revised and updated second edition, which you can preorder now at lawofselfdefense.com. He began his competitive shooting activities as a youth in smallbore rifle, and today is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a Life Member and Master-class competitor in multiple classifications in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). Andrew has for many years been an NRA-certified firearms instructor in pistol, rifle, and personal protection, and has previously served as an Adjunct Instructor on the Law of Self Defense at the SigSauer Academy in Epping, NH. He holds or has held concealed carry permits for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, Virginia, and other states.




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Attorney for Road Rage Cop Argues Defense of Self, Family in Opening Statement

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00pm
Defendant NJ LEO Joseph Walker

Today marked the start of the case in chief of Joseph Walker, the New Jersey police officer charged with first degree murder by the state of Maryland in the road-side shooting of Maryland native Joseph Harvey.

There is no television coverage of the trial itself, and the lawyers have been issued...

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Jury Selection Begins Detroit Front Porch Shooting of Black Woman

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:45pm
Theodore Wafer, tried for murder of Renisha McBride

Jury selection begins today in the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer, as reported in the Detroit Free Press. Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old black woman, on his front porch. Wafer is claiming self-defense.

The most recent news in the Wafer case was the June 27 denial by...

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Trial Begins of Joseph Walker, NJ Cop Involved in “Road Rage” Killing

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:05pm
Defendant NJ LEO Joseph Walker

Today begins the trial of black New Jersey police officer Joseph Walker over the “road rage” killing of white victim Joseph Harvey (Jury selection begins in road-rage murder case).

Unfortunately, it does not appear that this case will be televised, as were the Zimmerman and Dunn trials in Florida, and as a result there...

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No Second Self-Defense Immunity Hearing for Marissa Alexander

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:40am
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Marissa Alexander has been denied a second shot at a self-defense immunity hearing (often incorrectly referred to as a “Stand-Your-Ground’ hearing), reports by First Coast News.

Under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute (

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South Carolina licensing officials accused of suppressing lawyer’s 1st Amendment rights

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:20am
Todd Kincannon

It is axiomatic that the freedom of speech provisions of the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution are specifically intended to protect unpopular and/or offensive speech. After all, speech that is neither unpopular nor offensive is, obviously, not in need of any particular protections.  It is equally indisputable that of all...

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Florida prosecutors fail in effort to deny self-defense immunity to black male shooter

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Posted by    Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 7:00pm
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The Miami Herald is reporting that the Florida Supreme court has declined to hear state prosecutor’s final appeal of self-defense immunity awarded to a black Floridian who shot and killed two Hispanic men in self-defense: “State high court won’t hear appeal in Miami self-defense case” (h/t Miguel over at GunFreeZone.net).

This decision by...

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How bad can a lawyer be and still be deemed “effective”? Pretty bad

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Posted by    Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 9:30am
Bad Lawyer Cap

One of the most common questions I get at Law of Self Defense Seminars is, “How do I pick a good self-defense lawyer if I’ve had to use force in defense of myself (or my family, my home, business, etc.)?”

That’s too lengthy a topic for a forum post, but it does...

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Zimmerman Libel Suit Against NBC Thrown Out

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Posted by    Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:30pm
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How can we miss her, when she won’t go away?

Judge Debra Nelson, who presided over the murder trial of George Zimmerman, today issued a ruling dismissing his libel suit against NBC (a copy of that ruling can be found at the bottom of this post).

Those of us who followed the Zimmerman...

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One Way Florida’s “Warning Shot” Bill Could Help Marissa Alexander

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Posted by    Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:00pm
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A couple of days ago I posted up a piece re: Florida’s passage of its “warning shot” bill and the prospects for that bill helping the case of Marissa Alexander.

Florida’s just-signed “warning shot” law unlikely to help Marissa Alexander

I neglected, however, to point out one particular facet of Florida’s new law...

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Florida’s just-signed “warning shot” law unlikely to help Marissa Alexander

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11:50am
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It was with considerable astonishment that I read the following headline in an ABC news post:

Marissa Alexander, who fired warning shot at husband attacking her, likely won’t see prison after Fl...

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Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Signed Into Law

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Posted by    Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:35pm
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Well, it’s about time. Today, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott finally signed the “Warning Shot” bill (HB-89) that had been passed by the state House and Senate and sent to his desk way back in early April (h/t Miguel, over at Gun Free Zone). I won’t go into all the ways that this...

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Supreme Court Affirms Conviction In Gun “Straw Purchase” Case

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Posted by    Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:30pm
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[Edit: The title of this post was edited to better reflect the Court's ruling.]

This morning the US Supreme Court released it’s ruling in Abramski v. United States–the firearm “straw purchase” gun case–in which it affirmed Abramski’s convictions.  (The full-length opinion is embedded at the bottom of this post.)

In reaching it’s decision...

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Marissa Alexander’s Desperate Efforts for Self-Defense Immunity Hearing Delayed Again

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:30am
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Marissa Alexander was back in court today for a pre-trial hearing on whether she will be granted yet another shot at self-defense immunity under Florida statute FL 776.032: Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.  

In what has become an all too familiar pattern in this case,...

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Michael Dunn Re-Trial for killing Jordan Davis set for September

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Posted by    Monday, June 9, 2014 at 3:45pm
Michael Dunn as Verdict Announced

Jacksonville news broadcaster news4jax is reporting that a September re-trial date has been set for Michael Dunn, with jury selection to begin September 22.

This past February

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