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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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#Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Preparing to Resign

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:55pm
Officer Darren Wilson preparing to resign #Ferguson

CNN’s Anderson Cooper is reporting that police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson MO on August 9, is purportedly in the final stages of preparing his resignation from the Ferguson police department.

Wilson, who has been in hiding for months following threats of violence against himself and...

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Should weather dictate timing of #Ferguson Grand Jury Report release?

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Posted by    Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 12:00pm
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/18/ferguson-national-guard-michael-brown-jay-nixon/14219621/

There is much speculation around when the Ferguson Grand Jury is likely to finally release their (widely expected) no true bill (non-indictment) of Police Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of Mike Brown.

A great many people, myself included, have suggested that the authorities responsible for the release of the Grand...

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#Ferguson Grand Jury Hears from Brown Family Pathologist

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Posted by    Friday, November 14, 2014 at 5:55pm
Dr. Michael Baden #Ferguson

The New York Times reports today that the Ferguson Grand Jury sitting to determine whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of Mike Brown heard testimony from Dr. Michael Baden, the pathologist hired by the Brown family to examine the body.

Dr. Baden gave a lengthy press interview...

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Black Committeewoman Targeted by #Ferguson Protestors

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Posted by    Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:30pm
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NBC affiliate KDSK is reporting that Ferguson Committeewoman Patricia Bynes claims she was targeted for physical intimidation by protestors while attending the protests herself. Bynes specifies “Lost Voices” as the group that sought to intimidate her, one of many protest-related organizations currently in Ferguson.

Democrat Committeewoman Bynes (pictured above) is black, as...

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9th Circuit Denies Intervenor Status on Peruta 2A Case

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Posted by    Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 3:00pm
gun-control

Peruta v. County of San Diego (742 F. 3d 1144) was the 9th Circuit 2-to-1 ruling this past February that found unconstitutional California’s “may issue” scheme to restrict the public carry of a firearm to the wealthy and politically influential. (The full-length opinion is embedded at the bottom of this post.) Specifically, the court...

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DOJ Flails Again in Efforts to Charge George Zimmerman

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:00pm
zimmerman taaffe

Earlier this month we posted news that Frank Taafe, a self-proclaimed “friend” of George Zimmerman, was going to testify before a Grand Jury that he now believed Zimmerman had a racist motivation for the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  This news came just days before the hotly contested November 4 election in which...

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Black #Ferguson Shop Owners Board Up Shops In Fear of Protestors

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10:00am
Constance Garnett #Ferguson

On airport televisions nationwide a news agency known as CNN is reporting that black shop owners near the site of ongoing protests in Ferguson MO are boarding up their shops. The reason? Fear of losing their businesses to renewed rioting, looting, and arson following the anticipated decision of the Grand Jury to not indict...

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Self-Described Pan-Africanist Group Puts $5,000 Bounty on Darren Wilson

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:00am
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The blog Gateway Pundit is reporting that a self-described Pan-Africanist group has put out a $5,000 bounty on Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Wilson is, of course, the police officer who decisively convinced the 292 pound adult black male Mike Brown...

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#Ferguson Protestors Deliver “Rules of Engagement” to Police

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Posted by    Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 5:45pm
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CNN is reporting that the #Ferguson protestors have delivered to police a list of 18 “Rules of Engagement.” These essentially amount to a set of constraints on police response to the violence expected to result when the grand jury declines to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for his self-defense shooting of...

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Report: Mike Brown’s Mother Facing Potential Robbery Charges in #Ferguson

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Posted by    Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 3:45pm
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/18/ferguson-national-guard-michael-brown-jay-nixon/14219621/

The Smoking Gun web site has obtained a copy of a police report in which Pearlie Gordon (the mother-in-law of Mike Brown’s father), claims that on October 18 she was attacked, beaten, and robbed by Lesley McSpadden (Mike Brown’s biological mother), Desureia Harris (Mike Brown’s biological grandmother), and an assortment of 20-30...

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We interrupt post-election gloating for news about the DOJ Zimmerman Grand Jury

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:40pm
zimmerman taaffe

The Orlando Sentinel newspaper is reporting that it appears as if no actual witnesses showed up for today’s Federal Grand Jury convened to determine if civil rights charges should be brought against George Zimmerman for his self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The DOJ had subpoenaed Frank Taaffe, a self-declared “friend” of Zimmerman’s,...

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CNN: DOJ Angry at Release of Truthful #Ferguson Info

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Posted by    Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:15pm
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CNN reports that the Department of Justice continues to express frustration with the refusal of local Ferguson officials to hide from the Grand Jury and the public generally truthful information about the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown.  These same frustrations have been repeatedly echoed by the most hardcore of the Ferguson...

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Key Witness for Zimmerman Grand Jury Changes Story

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Posted by    Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00pm
zimmerman taaffe

We wrote yesterday about the “October Surprise/Get Out the Vote” announcement by a flailing Obama administration that the Department of Justice will be holding a Grand Jury hearing next Wednesday regarding possible federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

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WaPo: DOJ Unlikely to Bring Civil Rights Charges In #Ferguson Shooting

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Posted by    Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30am
Zimmerman Tip Line

The Washington Post is reporting that the Department of Justice have found little legal basis on which to bring civil rights charges over the August 9 shooting of the black Mike Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson.  The reason:  the actual evidence simply doesn’t support such a case.

Justice Department investigators...

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FBI Announces Investigation of GOP Senate Candidate Days Before Election

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:30pm
Mike Rounds GOP Senate

Hot on the heels of the Department of Justice’s suddenly-renewed interest in George Zimmerman’s civil rights liability in the self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin (see: FBI Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case) just days before next week’s election comes another DOJ action timed perfectly for electoral manipulation.

National Review Online is...

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DOJ Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:15pm
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Note: Title has been updated.

The Orlando Sentinel newspaper today...

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“Anonymous” says there will be no #Ferguson indictment

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:05am
Michael Brown Autopsy Sketch Ferguson

A group purporting to be part of “Anonymous” claims that it has insider information from two independent sources with knowledge of relevant secret internal police communications that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the killing of Michael Brown.

It further reports that this non-indictment is to be made public...

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