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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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Body Cam Video may exonerate white OK officer in shooting black suspect

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Posted by    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 11:15am
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Thanks to a tip from commenter Gremlin1974 right here on Legal Insurrection I was directed to this relatively high-quality body camera footage of a police officer engaging a suspect with gunfire, following the suspect pointing a pistol at the officer.

Further details of the event were reported by local news station

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VIDEO: Dashcam captures NJ police shooting of black man

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:45am
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The Bridgeton NJ police department has released dash camera video of the shooting of violent felon Jerame Reid by two of its police officers during a traffic stop, reports NBC 4 news in New York.  Both Reid and the officer who first shot him, Behame Days, are black.  Days’ partner, Officer...

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Reports say DOJ won’t bring #Ferguson civil rights charges

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
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The Department of Justice is preparing to drop the pretense that it has any expectation of bringing Federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer who successfully defended himself against Michael Brown after Brown attempted to beat Officer Wilson into submission and seize the officer’s sidearm.

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Deja Vu: George Zimmerman Charged with Aggravated Assault

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Posted by    Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:30pm
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Well, look who’s back in the news with girlfriend trouble, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. And, consistent with similar past events, that girlfriend trouble has lead directly...

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Bridgeton, NJ: Another Alleged “Hands Up” Police Killing of Black Man

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2:30pm
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Two Bridgeton NJ police officers shot and killed 36-year-old Jerame Reid during a traffic stop last night, reports NBC 10 News our of Philadelphia (see embedded video, below).  The officers, Br...

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Is there a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals?

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Posted by    Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:00pm
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Eugene Volokh has an interesting post over at his Volokh Conspiracy blog about a Washington-state Court of Appeals decision finding that there exists a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals.  That decision, State v. Hull (Wash. Ct. App. Dec. 18, 2014),  is embedded at the bottom of this post.

Professor Volokh’s post on the...

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New Trial for Man Who Video Recorded Own “Self-Defense” Shooting

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Posted by    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:48am
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A Texas Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Houston man, Raul Rodriguez, convicted in 2012 of murder for the shooting death of a neighbor, Kelly Danaher, in 2010, on the grounds of defective jury instructions on self-defense, according to reports by ABC news and other news agencies.  (A full-length...

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GUILTY: Montana Homeowner Who “Baited” Intruder Convicted

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:16pm
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Markus Kaarma, the Montana man tried for deliberate homicide for shooting and killing a German exchange student whom prosecutors say was “baited” into entering the homeowner’s garage has been convicted of that crime, reports WRAL news.

The defense narrative of innocence was that Kaarma was in a heightened state of fear, having...

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VERDICT WATCH: Montana Homeowner Accused of “Baiting” Intruder

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00am
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News station KPAX in Missoula MT reports that the jury today continues its deliberations on the fate of Markus Kaarma, the man being tried for murder for having shot and killed German college student Diren Dede the night of April 27, 2014.

The state argues that Kaarma and his common law wife Janelle Pflager...

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The next big police shooting Grand Jury decision … in Houston

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1:10pm
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News station KPRC in Houston is reporting through its Click2Houston web site that a Grand Jury is continuing to consider whether to indict in a local case of a off-duty Houston Police Department (HPD) officer Juventino Castro shooting and killing an unarmed black man, 26-year-old Jordan Baker.

The Grand Jury began meeting last week, and Castro testified...

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Trial Underway of Homeowner Accused of “Baiting” Intruder

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:45pm
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The murder trial is underway of a Montana homeowner Markus Kaarma, accused of “baiting” an intruder into his garage and then shotgunning him to death has been proceeding in Missoula this past week, as reported by the Missoulian newspaper and other sources.  The defendant is arguing that the shooting was...

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#Ferguson Contrasts: Reason versus Inanity

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 12:30pm
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Bill O’Reilly focused on the ongoing Ferguson Grand Jury kerfuffle in his opening segment last night, revealing in stark detail the contrast between the reasoned perspective of those accepting the facts and evidence presented to the Grand Jury as well as their decision and the inanity of the reason-free “Hands Up,...

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Florida Sup Ct to Decide Key Self-Defense Immunity Case

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1:00pm
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The Orlando Sentinel reported recently on an interesting self-defense law matter currently being taken up by the Florida Supreme Court.

As seems inevitable, they have of course incorrectly categorized the case as centering on the state’s “Stand-Your-Ground” law.

In fact, the case centers on Florida’s self-defense immunity statute, and not on Stand Your Ground....

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No, It Was Not “Improper” for #Ferguson Grand Jury to Consider Self-Defense

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Posted by    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7:30am
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One of the most recent of the seemingly never-ending succession of Progressive complaints about the Ferguson Grand Jury is that the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict is inherently flawed because they were permitted to consider self-defense.

Those professing this argument rely for support on one of their favorite variations of the classic...

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Yet another reason Lawrence O’Donnell is wrong on #Ferguson Grand Jury (@lawrence)

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Posted by    Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 12:15pm
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As a follow-up to our post yesterday, de-bunking Lawrence O’Donnell’s claim that a purported error on the part of prosecutors led the Ferguson Grand Jury into error, I thought it might be informative to progress that de-bunking to an even more comprehensive level.

As noted yesterday in No, Prosecution did not Mislead #Ferguson...

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No, Prosecution did not Mislead #Ferguson Grand Jury into Erroneous Decision

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Posted by    Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
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There have been many false factual narratives of the Michael Brown killing, such as “hands up, don’t shoot.”

Now there’s a new false legal narrative spreading, that a prosecutorial mistake misled the Grand Jury into erroneously failing to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson.

The source of the claim appears to be MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

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#Ferguson Eye Witness Intimidation: Chilling Details

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Posted by    Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:30am
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The official transcript of the Ferguson Grand Jury continues to be fascinating as I chug my way past the 20% reading mark.

A portion of the current eye witness testimony before me, that of Interview #4 taken on September 17 , was particularly engaging however.

The reason? It shows in visceral detail some...

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