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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NRA Firearms Law Seminar: Restoration of Gun Rights

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00pm 4/15/2015 at 7:00pm
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As I continue my homeward travels from the NRA Annual Meeting–yesterday was seven hours of riding in hard rain from wester North Carolina to northern Virginia, and I’m still drying out–here’s another post looking back at the Annual Firearms Law Seminar.

A particularly interesting Seminar talk was entitled “Gun Rights Restoration: The Nuts &...

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NRA Annual Meeting: Firearms Law Seminar Series

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:00am 4/14/2015 at 10:00am
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As I type this roughly 79,000 people are still happily recovering from their participation in the NRA Annual Meeting held this past weekend in Nashville, TN—your humble scribe among them.

The massive scope of the event—three days of legal seminars, classroom instruction, political speeches, country music concert, and 9 acres (not a...

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Cop Shoots Fleeing Unarmed Black Man, Charged With Murder

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:30am 4/8/2015 at 8:30am
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Last weekend a cop shot of a fleeing unarmed black man in Charleston, SC.  

Not all the facts are in, but the video (apparently captured by a cell phone) is damning; it shows the cop firing at the fleeing black man several times, finally bringing him to the ground.  There seems...

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Andrew Goes to Nashville: NRA Annual Meeting 2015

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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9:00am 4/5/2015 at 9:00am
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It was Tennyson who wrote that “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

For many of us men who left “young” in the rearview mirror some years back, however, in the spring our fancy turns to something else entirely: the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting, this...

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Chris Christie Pardons Shaneen Allen

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:00am 4/3/2015 at 7:00am
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Members of the Legal Insurrection community will be familiar with the travails of Pennsylvania nurse and single-mom of two Shaneen Allen under the heel of New Jersey’s unconscionable anti-Second Amendment laws, as we covered the matter here in some detail, including PA Nurse Arrested on Gun Charges Given Reprieve (9/24/14) and ...

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Libel suit claims NBC misleads on another flameout

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4:30pm 3/31/2015 at 4:30pm
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Is NBC up to its old—and I do mean old—tricks?

Way back in the early 1990s the network’s “Dateline NBC” program ran a “news” story claiming that certain General Motors pickup trucks would explode in flames when involved in an accident.

They demonstrated this propensity to their viewers by filming a controlled crash...

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Texas bill: Up to $10k fine for signs prohibiting lawful concealed carry

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 3:30pm 3/25/2015 at 3:30pm
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Much like the South once used local and state laws to undermine the civil rights victories of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, those seeking to undermine recent 2nd Amendment civil rights victories often do so by creating a web of complex and often unlawful regulations and limitations upon the exercise...

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ATF Backs Down on Ban of Popular Rifle Ammo

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 3:40pm 3/10/2015 at 3:40pm
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Only three weeks after proposing to ban perhaps the most popular ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (more commonly referred to as the ATF, and that ought to be a convenience store, not a government bureau) has abruptly backed down.

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Judge Denies Stay in Handgun Transfer Ban Case

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Posted by    Monday, March 9, 2015 at 3:45pm 3/9/2015 at 3:45pm
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I covered the federal court ruling in Mance v. Holder in some detail last month, and if you haven’t yet had an opportunity to get up to speed on that decision it might be useful to take a moment to click over: Federal Court: Handgun Transfer Ban Unconstitutional. (That post includes...

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Analyzing Wisconsin police shooting of unarmed Black teen

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Posted by    Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:25pm 3/8/2015 at 3:25pm
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Stop me if you’ve heard seen this one before: the now tiresome and wholly predictable cycle of news coverage when a white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager:

Step 1: Build the false narrative. Mainstream media outlets report that a police officer has shot an unarmed black teenager, and provide...

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Even DOJ Admits: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” An Utter Lie

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Posted by    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 3:10pm 3/5/2015 at 3:10pm
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Perhaps the single most potent piece of political theatre to emerge from the Ferguson MO shooting of Mike Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson was the meme of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme was based on the false claim by Dorian Johnson that Brown had his hands raised...

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Darren Wilson Cleared by DOJ of Civil Rights Violations

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 3:30pm 3/4/2015 at 3:30pm
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The New York Times reports that the Department of Justice has released an extensive report (embedded below) clearing former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in the shooting death of Mike Brown in August 2014.

Wilson’s shooting of Brown led to weeks of often violent protests, including repeated...

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Suspect Shot While Grabbing for Cop’s Gun (Los Angeles Edition)

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 4:45pm 3/3/2015 at 4:45pm
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This “standing headline” is becoming so ubiquitous it ought to be formally recognized as an internet meme.

A robbery suspect, identified in the CNN report simply as “Africa” or “Brother Africa” was being arrested by four LAPD officers yesterday in Los Angeles.  He was violently non-compliant, as evidence by the video below and by eye witness...

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Zimmerman Trial Redux: Busting the Myths Again

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Posted by    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:00pm 2/26/2015 at 4:00pm
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I suppose it’s to be expected that on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad victim selection day we would get to enjoy a resurgence of the many false narratives surrounding Martin’s attack on George Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s self-defense, the circus of Sharpton-led protests, the politically-driven prosecution, and the...

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Charges Dropped Against NJ Teacher Caught with Flintlock

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00pm 2/25/2015 at 7:00pm
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The Press of Atlantic City reports that gun charges brought against a retired NJ school teacher in possession of a flintlock pistol have been dropped. (h/t @LyndaCohen)

Cumberland County prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced that she will use prosecutorial discretion to decline to prosecute Gordon Van Gilder. She offered no fur...

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DOJ To Announce No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman (Update: Announced)

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 1:50pm 2/24/2015 at 1:50pm
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The Department of Justice will reportedly announce that it will not bring federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman over Zimmerman’s self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin, reports ABC News.

This decision comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the actual facts of the case. Zimmerman’s claim of lawful self-defense was overwhelmingly...

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Dunn Juror Doubles Down on Premeditation Standard

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11:00am 2/17/2015 at 11:00am
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Wayne Davis, the jury foreman in the Michael Dunn re-trial that found Dunn guilty of the first-degree murder of Jordan Davis, was interviewed for the first time this past week by News4Jax.

Remember Dunn? He’s the one charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The State believed...

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