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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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“Popcorn” Shooting Trial Set For March

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:35pm
Florida theater popcorn Curtis Reeves shooting

A trial date has finally been set for Curtis Reeves, the Florida retired police officer charged with murder in the shooting death last January of Chad Oulson over a dispute in a movie theater in which Oulson threw popcorn at Reeves.

Trial Judge Pat Siracusa, overseeing the case, set a three week window...

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MO Legislature Overrides Veto, Allows Schools to Arm & Train Teachers

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Posted by    Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:30pm
www.newson6.com Arkansas Christian Academy

The majority Republican Missouri legislature handed yet another victory to pro-children activists yesterday, and a stunning defeat to those who would leave school children vulnerable to murderous psychopaths, when it overwhelmingly overrode the Democrat Governor’s veto of legislation allowing teachers to be armed in schools, as reported by the NRA and...

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Detroit Front-Porch Shooter Gets 17 to 32 Year Sentence

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:00am
Theodore Wafer

Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man convicted of second degree murder for the shogun killing of a very drunk Renisha McBride on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013, has been sentenced to 17 to 32 years in prison, according to a report by the Indiana Gazette.

We covered...

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Legal Analysis: Was Ray Rice’s Punch to Wife’s Head Lawful Self-Defense?

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:30am
Ray Rice punch 2

Well, this weekend I learned there’s a guy named Ray Rice who’s got a pretty mean left hook, at least when he’s punching his wife in the face on an elevator.

It seems he also plays something called “football,” or at least he used to do so until surveillance video of the punch was...

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This time, gang members choose wrong victim

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:30am
Milwaukee-gang-attack

Yesterday I wrote of yet another vicious deadly-force gang attack: “Caught on video: Another black-on-white racially motivated gang attack.”  

In that post, I cautioned that gang attacks of this kind were likely...

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Caught on video: Another black-on-white racially motivated gang attack

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Posted by    Monday, September 8, 2014 at 2:30pm
Kroger attack 00-37

Fast on the heels of the gang attack upon the white couple described in yesterday’s post, “Caught on Video: Vicious Group Attack by Thugs on Young Couple,” comes another video capture of a gang of black teenagers beating unconscious what appears to be a randomly selected white man intent on nothing...

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Caught on Video: Vicious Group Attack by Thugs on Young Couple

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Posted by    Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 12:30pm
Missouri gang attack

What timing.  Just last Sunday I put up a post exploring the question of “When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?”  In that post I explained that deadly force, such as a gun, can be used in lawful self-defense even against an “unarmed” attacker, where the “unarmed” attack...

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Just How Confidential IS Mike Brown’s Confidential Juvenile Record?

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Posted by    Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 10:00am
Mike Brown store push

A self-described “avid reader” of Legal Insurrection has asked us to address the issue of the confidentiality of Mike Brown’s juvenile criminal record (if any), and whether these are likely to be released to the press and public.

Disclaimer: Neither I nor Legal Insurrection knows with certainty whether Mike Brown even has a...

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Ferguson Police Begin to Equip with On-Body Cameras

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Posted by    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 6:00pm
On-body camera catches assault

A report from NBC news indicates that police officers in Ferguson, Missouri are being equipped with on-body cameras in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.

The picture above captures an example of footage...

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When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?

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Posted by    Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6:20pm
Michael Brown robbery

One of the most common laments to come out of Ferguson these last days has been that surely it was outrageous for Office Darren Wilson to use his service pistol to shoot an “unarmed” Mike Brown.  (Earlier iterations of this narrative went further in their misinformation, describing the 18-year-old 6’4″ 292...

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A Conundrum? New Orleans Murders Fall as Self-Defense Killings Rise

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Posted by    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9:45am
Kawanda Hampton

It’s become so commonplace for “journalists” to be blind to obvious cause-and-effect relationships that fall outside the acceptable Progressive narrative that James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal has long used the tag-line “Fox Butterfield, Is That You?” as he notes these occurrences in his daily (and excellent) “Best of the Web”...

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Detroit Porch Shooting: Defendant’s claim of “Accident” cost him “Self-Defense”

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00pm
Theodore Wafer, charged with the murder of Renisha McBride

One of the key messages I hit in my Law of Self Defense Seminars is that the use of force can only very rarely be both an “accident” AND “self-defense.”

Self-defense is an inherently deliberate act.  You perceived a threat, you responded with force against that threat. Deliberate.

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Courts strike California 10-day waiting period and Baton Rouge gun possession restrictions

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:45am
2ndAmendment

Just a quick note on a pretty good 24 hours for the Second Amendment with a pair of favorable Federal court decisions out of California and Louisiana, respectively.

Federal Court Rules California 10-day Waiting Period Unconstitutional (for Some)

As reported by Calguns, California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases has been ruled unconstitutional...

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Did MO Law Allow for Deadly-Force Arrest of Mike Brown?

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Posted by    Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
Heavily armed police making arrests in early days of Ferguson rioting.

The shooting in Ferguson MO of robbery suspect Mike Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson has raised a myriad of social, racial, and legal issues.  In this post I’d like to address one of the latter, specifically whether under Missouri law Wilson was authorized to use deadly force to arrest a...

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