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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Sam DuBose Shooting: Let’s Go to the Video Tape

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 5:55pm 7/29/2015 at 5:55pm
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On July 19, just 10 days ago, UC police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed motorist Sam DuBose in the course of a traffic stop, according to reports by CNN and others. Today, prosecutor Joe Deters announced that Officer Tensing had been indicted for murder in the killing.

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Sandra Bland Arrest: Another Lesson in Non-Compliance

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Posted by    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 4:00pm 7/24/2015 at 4:00pm
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So there’s another notable arrest in the news, that of black woman Sandra Bland by white Texas patrol officer, and thus we have yet another “teachable moment” in non-compliance to lawful police orders. (Note that I address here only Bland’s arrest–I’ve no particular insight into her death three days later while in custody.  Also, I...

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Concealed Carry: It’s Booming!

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 7/15/2015 at 1:00pm
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Dr. John R. Lott Jr., who runs the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), today released yet another of the Center’s outstanding reports, entitled: “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the US”. (The full report is embedded at the bottom of this post.)

The report’s biggest takeaway was the continued acceleration of concealed carry...

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Two Years after Zimmerman Acquittal, Stand-Your-Ground Still in News

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:15am 7/14/2015 at 10:15am
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It’s hard to believe, but this week marks the two-year anniversary of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, on trial for second degree murder and other charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin. You can read more about it at Unexpected thanks to Legal Insurrection on 2nd Anniversary of Zimmerman Acquittal.

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Freddie Gray Case: Autopsy report further undermines prosecution

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9:35pm 6/24/2015 at 9:35pm
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The Baltimore Sun newspaper has obtained a copy of the autopsy of Freddie Gray, they report, at a time when Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is still refusing to provide that report and other purported evidence to the defense lawyers of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  The...

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Non-resident U.S. citizen granted trial challenging ATF gun ownership restrictions

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:30am 6/24/2015 at 8:30am
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We last saw Attorney Alan Gura just last week, when we covered his oral arguments in front of the 9th Circuit en banc on the matter of “good cause” concealed carry requirements in California (see Full 9th Circuit hears “Good Cause” 2A Ruling and Analysis: Government’s laughable arguments in 9th Circuit...

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Freddie Gray Case: Trial Date Set For Officers

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00am 6/23/2015 at 10:00am
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A trial date of October 13 has been set for the six officers charged with a plethora of felonies following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody this past April, reports the Baltimore Sun.  The same report notes that each of the officers has pleaded not guilty, and requested a...

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Analysis: Government’s laughable arguments in 9th Circuit 2nd Amendment case

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Posted by    Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:30am 6/19/2015 at 8:30am
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This past Tuesday, the 9th Circuit held oral arguments en banc on two consolidated Second Amendment cases, Peruta v. County of San Diego and Richards v. County of Yolo.

For a bit of background on this matter, please refer to yesterday’s post, “Full 9th Circuit hears ‘Good Cause’ 2A Ruling,” in which we...

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Attempted Murder Charge for Man Who Shot at George Zimmerman

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Posted by    Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8:41pm 6/18/2015 at 8:41pm
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Matthew Apperson, the man who tried to shoot George Zimmerman through the head last month, has been charged today with attempted murder (FS § 782.04), shooting into an occupied vehicle (FS § 790.19), and aggravated assault with a firearm (FS § 784.021), according to CNN.

These charges also make Apperson vulnerable to...

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Full 9th Circuit hears “Good Cause” 2A Ruling

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Posted by    Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8:15am 6/18/2015 at 8:15am
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This past Tuesday, the federal 9th Circuit held oral arguments on a re-hearing en banc on two consolidated gun control cases, Peruta v. County of San Diego and Richards v. County of Yolo.

Both Peruta and Richards involve a provision of California gun control law that allows county Sheriffs to deny the...

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Gun Controllers Score Temporary Win in DC

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 5:45pm 6/16/2015 at 5:45pm
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For anybody who loves their civil rights, the dismantling of unconstitutional gun control schemes across the United States has been a marvel to behold. Today, only a handful of states continue to substantively restrict the ability of law-abiding residents to carry concealed handguns.

One of those “states” still aggressively crushing fundamental civil...

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Freddie Gray Case: Prosecutors Withhold Evidence as Discovery Looms

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Posted by    Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00pm 6/13/2015 at 12:00pm
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Prosecutors in the case of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray continue their farcical efforts to deny evidence to the officers’ defense counsel, according to a report yesterday in the Baltimore Sun.

The deadline for Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby’s office to meet its d...

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Cleveland Tries Out Baltimore Justice, Ignores Facts in Tamir Rice Shooting

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Posted by    Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:05pm 6/11/2015 at 7:05pm
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It appears that black activists in Detroit are so impressed with how Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is doing in Baltimore that they’ve adopted the same strategy in Cleveland, based on reports by Clevel...

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Guests Flabbergasted When Hannity Defends Zimmerman

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Posted by    Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 1:15pm 6/11/2015 at 1:15pm
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So this happened last night.

Sean Hannity had two guests on his show to discuss race relations. Eric Guster, a criminal defense attorney (on the left in the video below), and Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis (next to Guster).

Hannity was making the argument that President Obama should refrain from injecting himself into racial...

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McKinney Press Conference: the Good, Bad, and Ugly

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7:00pm 6/10/2015 at 7:00pm
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Earlier today Jane Bishkin, the attorney for Eric Casebolt, gave a brief news conference to provide context around the former police officer’s decision to resign yesterday. Here’s the video in its entirety.

In the process, Bishkin very cleverly won for Casebolt everything that could be salvaged, sacrificed nothing that had not already been lost,...

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Freddie Gray Case: Did Prosecutor’s Request Lead to Confrontation?

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 11:30am 6/10/2015 at 11:30am
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Once again information emerges that Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is an integral actor in the circumstances surrounding Freddie Gray’s arrest and death, rather than an objective prosecutor simply addressing a criminal case.

Roughly three weeks before Baltimore police officers arrested Gray for possession of an illegal knife Mosby herself was strongly advocating for...

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McKinney Officer in Brawl Video Resigns

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:27pm 6/9/2015 at 6:27pm
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Not many details on this yet but it appears that McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt has resigned from the police department, as reported by ABC news and others sources.

Casebolt’s resignation was confirmed Tuesday by attorney Jane Bishkin, who told WFAA that the decision was made after a meeting with the department’s...

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