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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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New #Ferguson: “forensic evidence … lent credence to Officer Wilson’s version of events”

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Posted by    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:45pm
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

A breaking New York Times report sheds new light on Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s mortal encounter with local Michael Brown.

The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled...

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“Loud Music” Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole

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Posted by    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:52pm
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In breaking news CNN reports that Michael Dunn, the Florida man who fired multiple rounds at four black teenagers in an SUV after an argument about their loud music, has been sentenced to life without parole.  One of those four teenagers, Jordan Davis, was mortally wounded.  Dunn had argued self-defense as...

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#Ferguson Witness: Mike Brown’s Hands Were Not Raised When Shot

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Posted by    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:00am
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

A black witness who claims to have seen the killing of Mike Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson “from start to finish” and who also purports to have just completed testifying in front of the Grand Jury, has subsequently been interviewed by the local St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper (on condition of anonymity).

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St. Louis Shooting Victim Vonderrit Myers Tests Positive for Gunshot Residue

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:00am
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ABC news and many other sources are reporting that Vonderrit Myers — the St. Louis black man shot dead by a white police officer after he allegedly pointed a gun at them — tested positive for numerous tests of gunshot residue.  (PDF embedded below.)

The shoot...

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FBI Claim of Large Increase In Mass Shootings Disputed

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:55pm
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Dr, John Lott, head of the Crime Prevention Research Center and long-time researcher and perhaps best known as the author of the seminal book,

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How Zimmerman Myth Became Academic Truth

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Posted by    Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 5:35pm
(Defense attorney Mark O'Mara during Zimmerman trial)

Well, this is interesting.

I came across the University of Miami Law School Summer 2014 edition of their law review, and noted that it had a particular focus on Stand-Your-Ground.

Awesome! I dug right into the Foreword, “Stand Your Ground” in Context: Race, Gender, and Politics,” by University of Miami School of Law Professor Donna Coker.

As...

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Three Weird Myths About Marissa Alexander That People Think Are True

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Posted by    Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:35am
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Marissa Alexander was back in the news, as her lawyers try to preclude state prosecutors from getting truthful but damaging evidence against her before the jury (details on this below). With her trial now only about 6 weeks away, the misinformation machinery will be spinning up to top speed. As a...

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Jr. High Hate Crimes: Self-defense limitations still apply

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Posted by    Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:15pm
The Appellate Division, Second Department, at 41 Monroe Place, Brooklyn

It all started when an 8th grader decided to wear his mother’s wig to school as a joke.

What could go wrong?

Apparently, a great deal. By the end of the day that awesome judgment call had cost the wig wearer an eye, within weeks leading to a juvenile hate crime conviction on...

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Ferguson redux? Police officer shoots, kills black man

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Posted by    Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:35pm
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[UPDATE: An image purporting to be a police report of this shooting event was linked in the comments. I have embedded that image below--thanks Ras.  I can not personally attest to its provenance, but it appears to be of a form I would expect of an actual police report for such...

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Debunking “Don’t talk to police”

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Posted by    Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11:00am
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Some of you may be familiar with a popular Youtube video entitled “Don’t talk to police.”  And by popular, I mean POPULAR; it’s had over 4 million views.

In that video a lawyer makes an energetic argument that you should never talk to the police under any circumstances, ever.

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Ferguson resident: “There’s going to be hell to pay” if businesses don’t rebuild

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Posted by    Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9:00am
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Look up irony in the dictionary, and by all rights you should find a footnote pointing to this news story from CBS re: Ferguson MO: “Ferguson residents frustrated over lack of opportunity.”

The story notes that the previous night was sufficiently quiet–”just eight arrests”–and that the National Guard is pulling out (meaning,...

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Wait: Teachers Not Ready to be Armed, but They Can Dodge Bullets?

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Posted by    Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 6:40pm
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So, people send me stuff. Which I love. And sometimes what they send makes me want to both laugh, and cry.

Today I was sent a link to a video on the Bloomberg news site, about a company named Hardwire that has for years provided high-tech armoring materials to combat vehicles in...

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George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges

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Posted by    Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:15am
George Zimmerman, not guilty

The Washington Post reported yesterday that “The Justice Department is not expected to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”

The reasons why appear in the 10th paragraph of the story:

Mark O’Mara, the lawyer who represented Zimmerman, said that approximately 40 witness statements collected...

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Was Ferguson Grand Jury Confidentiality Compromised?

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Posted by    Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:30am
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The Grand Jury investigating the recent shooting in Ferguson MO of Mike Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson may have been irreparably compromised, reports the Washington Post.

The proceedings of Grand Juries are, of course, confidential, and jurors are prohibited from discussing them with others.  This prohibition is made explicitly clear to...

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“Loud music” Murder Defendant Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 3:55pm
Micheal Dunn testifies 9-30-14

Michael Dunn has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of black 17-year-old Jordan Davis on November 23, 2012.

This “loud music” murder case arose from the violent interaction between Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis and three of his teenaged friends while parked beside each other at a Florida gas...

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The Memo that let Shaneen Allen — and Chris Christie’s political future — off the hook

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Posted by    Monday, September 29, 2014 at 5:35pm
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Miguel from the excellent GunFreeZone blog brings the goods again with his post “New Jersey slaps some lipstick to their gun laws pig.”

In that post, Miguel shares a memorandum from acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. H...

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“Loud Music” Murder Trial, Take 2: Opening Statements

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Posted by    Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
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The re-trial of Michael Dunn began today “for real”, with the jury impanelled and the state and defense presenting their opening statements.  

Dunn is on trial for the killing of Jordan Davis, a black teenager Dunn fired upon during a confrontation with Davis and three of Davis’ friends, who were...

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