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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Brelo Not Guilty Verdict: Judge Presents Detailed Rationale

Judge John P. O'Connell
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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:50pm 5/23/2015 at 12:50pm
Judge John P. O'Connell

As mentioned in my prior post, Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, who is white, has been found not guilty of all charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both black.  The shooting followed reports of shots fired at police from Russell’s vehicle, upon which Russell, with Williams as...

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NOT GUILTY: Verdict in Prosecution of Cleveland Officer Brelo

Timothy Russel and Malissa Wiliams
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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:25am 5/23/2015 at 11:25am
Timothy Russel and Malissa Wiliams

In a case that somehow had not come on my radar screen, minutes ago Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo (who is white) was found not guilty by Judge John. P. O’Connell of all criminal charges resulting from his shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams (who were both black). Brelo had...

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Freddy Gray Case: Local Lawyers Suggest Shift in Prosecution

Freddy Gray Prosecutor Mosby reads Grand Jury charges
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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:50am 5/23/2015 at 9:50am
Freddy Gray Prosecutor Mosby reads Grand Jury charges

This past Thursday Prosecutor Mosby announced that the Grand Jury had formally returned indictments against the six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddy Gray.

In our post that afternoon (Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments, published 5:50PM), we noted that there were some subtle differences between the charges...

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AP continues to craft inaccurate headlines

Arkansas police shooting hancuffed suspect
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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:20pm 5/22/2015 at 4:20pm
Arkansas police shooting hancuffed suspect

I’ve long assumed that just about anything written by a journalist has only the most tenuous relationship to reality (see Michael Crichton’s “Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect”).

Few news agencies are as skilled at...

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Double Trouble? WA cop shoots two “unarmed” black men

Bryson Chaplin (l.) and Andrew Thompson (r.)
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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00am 5/22/2015 at 7:00am
Bryson Chaplin (l.) and Andrew Thompson (r.)

It doesn’t look like I’m going to run out of “white cop shoots unarmed black man” stories to write about any time soon—except this time it was two black men.

As always, please note the caveat that this shooting event is still developing, and all the “facts” in my possession are sourced from “journalists” and...

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Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments

prosecutor Marilyn Mosby 2
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Posted by    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:50pm 5/21/2015 at 5:50pm
prosecutor Marilyn Mosby 2

UPDATE: We have additional information on the specific charges specified in the Grand Jury indictments, and how they differ from the charges announced by Prosecutor Mosby on May 1.

Here’s video of Mosby’s press statement on the charges, at which she took  no questions:

Clarification on changes to “false imprisonment” charges: Below we...

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Freddie Gray Case: Prosecutor Doubles Down On Wrong Law

Mosby microphones arrogant
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Posted by    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:30am 5/21/2015 at 8:30am
Mosby microphones arrogant

This past Monday the office of Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby filed a motion in opposition to an earlier defense motion (oofah, lawyers) requesting that charges against six Baltimore police officers be dismissed, or alternatively, that Mosby recuse herself from the case.

We covered the defense motion for dismissal/recusal in detail in a previous post, here:  Freddie...

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No Charges In VonDerrit Myers Shooting by St. Louis Police

VonDerrit Myers
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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 9:30pm 5/18/2015 at 9:30pm
VonDerrit Myers

Anybody remember VonDerrit Myers? That’s him, on the right side of the picture above.

Heck, I couldn’t quite place the name, and I actually posted about his untimely demise at the hands of law enforcement way back in October 2014, shortly after the Mike Brown kerfuffle in the same St. Louis...

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Big 2A Win – Court strikes DC requirement of “good reason” for concealed carry permit

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier
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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:35pm 5/18/2015 at 8:35pm
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier

As some of you may be aware, Attorney Alan Gura has been waging a legal battle against the District of Columbia (as well as other jurisdictions) based upon their unconstitutional infringement of the Second Amendment generally, and DC residents concealed carry rights in particular.

Having already won a court decision compell...

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Zimmerman Shooter Out on Bond, Turns in Guns

George Zimmerman Shooter Matthew Apperson on bond
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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:00am 5/18/2015 at 11:00am
George Zimmerman Shooter Matthew Apperson on bond

UPDATE (5/18/15, 19:43EST): This post has been updated with additional information about Apperson’s mental health (or lack thereof) as reported today by WKMG Orlando television.

This WKMG report is based upon their obta...

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Zimmerman Shooter Arrested, Possible Life Sentence

Mom Apperson Wife
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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8:10pm 5/15/2015 at 8:10pm
Mom Apperson Wife

UPDATE:  This post has been updated with a statement from Attorney Mark NeJame, Matthew Apperson’s lawyer.

It’s a good thing I’m not the kind of guy to say “I told you so.”

Matthew Apperson, the man who claims he fired a .357 Magnum bullet at George Zimmerman’s head in purported self-defense, has...

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George Zimmerman Shooter’s Checkered Past

Matthew and Liza Apperson
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Posted by    Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 11:15am 5/14/2015 at 11:15am
Matthew and Liza Apperson

The Daily Mail has dug up some pure gold on Matthew Apperson, the man who two days ago apparently tried to shoot George Zimmerman through the head with a .357 Magnum revolver. (Apperson appears with his wife, Liza, in the photo above.)

(As an aside, thank you, again, UK news media, for...

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Freddie Gray case: Grand jury indictments expected soon

Prosecutor Mosby
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Posted by    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:30am 5/13/2015 at 11:30am
Prosecutor Mosby

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that defense counsel for the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray anticipate that they will receive formal grand jury indictments within...

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Zimmerman Shooting: 911 Recording, Police Docs

zimmerman truck bullet hole
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Posted by    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:30am 5/13/2015 at 8:30am
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OK folks, just a hit-and-run post here on the Zimmerman/Apperson kerfuffle.

Commenter “Merrymary” from our previous post on this subject (George Zimmerman Attempted Shooting – New Facts Released) was kind enough to send me the audio of the third-party 911 call made after Matthew Apperson fired a shot at George Zimmerman; she...

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George Zimmerman Attempted Shooting – New Facts Released

George Zimmerman SUV bullet hole 5-11-15
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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:20pm 5/12/2015 at 8:20pm
George Zimmerman SUV bullet hole 5-11-15

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Lake Mary Police Department has released additional information on the events surrounding Matthew Apperson’s firing of a bullet at George Zimmerman’s face yesterday.  Here’s video of the LMPD press spokeswoman briefing the media:

Additional facts now being reported by the Orlando Sentinel include:

Police recovered two handguns...

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Madison, WI: No Charges in Police Shooting of Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson
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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:28pm 5/12/2015 at 5:28pm
Tony Robinson

We first wrote about the shooting of Tony Robinson (black) by Police Officer Matt Kenny (white) way back in March of this year.

Back then our angle on the story was to shine the light of reality on the increasingly popular meme of “white cop shoots unarmed young black man for no damn good reason”...

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Zimmerman Shooter Claims Self-Defense

Matthew Apperson - George Zimmerman
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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:30am 5/12/2015 at 8:30am
Matthew Apperson - George Zimmerman

So this should be interesting:

Matthew Apperson, the man who yesterday fired a bullet at George Zimmerman’s head and missed, is now claiming through his lawyer, Mark NeJame, that he did so in self-defense in response to Zimmerman brandishing a gun at him.

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