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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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VIDEO: Andrew Branca, Law of Self Defense, Interview on N24 German TV News

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Posted by    Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
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Back on February 28 I was invited down to the Washington DC bureau of N24, a prominent German television news station.  The purpose of the invitation was to interview me about the (then) just completed Michael Dunn trial, the earlier George Zimmerman trial, and the ongoing Marissa Alexander extravaganza,...

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Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Passes Senate, Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Posted by    Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00pm
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Today the Florida Senate voted overwhelmingly (32 to 7) to pass SB-448, the state’s so-called “warning shot” bill. The same bill was passed overwhelmingly (93 to 24) by the Florida House, as HB-89, just two weeks. As a result, the bill now proceeds to the desk of Governor Rick Scott, who...

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Marissa Alexander Wants “Do-Over” On Her Stand-Your-Ground Hearing

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30pm
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Marissa Alexander appeared in court today as part of a pre-trial hearing in preparation for her re-trial on three counts of aggravated assault. The re-trial is scheduled to begin July 28, with jury selection to begin a week prior.

Prior to that, however, it appears that there will be a May 16...

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So-Called “Warning Shot” and “Pop-Tart” Bills Pass Florida House

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Posted by    Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:15am
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On Thursday, March 20, 2104, the Florida House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (93-24) in approval of HB-89 (the so-called “warning shot” bill), and HB-7029 (the so-called “Pop-Tart” bill).

These developments are reported in the Bradenton Herald, and other news sources (h/t to commenter pjm–thanks!).

The Florida Senate has not yet taken a full vote on...

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Angela Corey Reminds FL Legislators of Facts of Marissa Alexander Case

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:23pm
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Florida State Attorney Angela Corey today sent an email to Florida legislators for the stated purpose of informing them of the facts of the Marissa Alexander “warning shot” case in case they are asked about it by constituents.  The email includes an attachment that outlines the facts of the case, all...

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Motion to Dismiss, Grand Jury Testimony

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:00pm
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Back on February 26 we reported that defense counsel for Joseph Walker–the New Jersey cop who shot and killed Joseph Harvey Jr. in an apparent “road rage” incident in Maryland–had filed a motion to dismiss the first degree murder indictment against him on the grounds that the Grand Jury had been...

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Witness Arrives After Harvey Down

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Posted by    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
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Our next piece of evidence from the Joseph Walker trial is the transcribed interview of another witness who arrived at the shooting scene after the shots had been fired. There’s frankly not much new here, so I offer it in the interests of completeness.

As per SOP his name has been redacted....

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Witness Says Walker Shot Stopped Harvey ~40′ Away

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Posted by    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 12:00pm
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Our next piece of evidence from the Joseph Walker trial is the transcribed interview of another witness who drove by the shooting scene. As per SOP her name has been redacted. Because this transcript was attached as Exhibit I to the defense’s recent motion to dismiss the charges against Walker, I...

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Witness Provides Confusing, Mistaken Testimony

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Posted by    Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:30am
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Our next piece of evidence from the Joseph Walker trial is the transcribed interview of another witness who drove by the shooting scene. As per SOP his name has been redacted. Because this transcript was attached as Exhibit H to the defense’s recent motion to dismiss the charges against Walker, I...

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Walker Appeared to Goad Harvey: “Come on.”

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:49pm
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Our next piece of evidence from the Joseph Walker trial is the transcribed interview of a pair of witnesses, a married couple traveling together, who drove by the shooting scene. Their names have been redacted from this transcript, so because this transcript was attached as Exhibit G to the defense’s recent...

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Michael Dunn retrial set for May 5, sentencing delayed

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:40pm
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At Michael Dunn’s recent “loud music” murder trial the jury found him guilty of three counts of attempted murder and one count of hurling missiles at an occupied vehicle–convictions sufficient for up to 75 years in prison. (Hat-tip to ‏@TCinOP for pointing out the News4Jax piece on this story.)

The jury hung,...

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Off-duty Cop’s Roadside Statement

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Posted by    Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:45pm
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Today we have two additional pieces of evidence from the Maryland “road rage” murder trial of off-duty NJ police officer Joseph Walker in the shooting death of Joseph Harvey, Jr.

The first is a supplement report produced by the Maryland State Police in which State Trooper Robert Henry recounts what Walker told...

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(Not George) Zimmerman vs. Roseanne Barr

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:50pm
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Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman have filed suit against comedienne Roseanne Barr, nearly two years after Barr published their home address on Twitter in the aftermath of their son George Zimmerman Jr.’s killing of Trayvon Martin in self-defense.  

(Zimmerman successfully argued at trial that he shot Martin in necessary self-defense,...

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Michael Dunn’s Sentencing May Be Delayed Until After Retrial on Murder Charge

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:15pm
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Micheal Dunn’s attorney, Corey Strolla, has asked that his client’s sentencing hearing be delayed until — and, at this point, still a likely but speculative if — Dunn is retried on the murder charges on which the jury hung during his first trial last month.  (This report is sourced at the ...

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