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” Defendant Has Self-Defense Immunity Hearing

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4:00pm 2/21/2017 at 4:00pm
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It was three years ago last month that retired police officer Curtis Reeves, then 71 years old, shot and killed 43-year-old Chad Oulsen in a Florida movie theater. The case became known as the “popcorn shooting” because the shooting allegedly happened over spilled popcorn.

Reeves has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated battery....

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U.S. v. Robinson: Have Concealed Carriers Lost the 4th Amendment?

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Posted by    Friday, January 27, 2017 at 6:30pm 1/27/2017 at 6:30pm
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So, this happened: the 4th Circuit released an en banc decision involving a traffic stop in which a concealed carrier passenger was frisked by police, and much of the gun owning community lost its mind in a manner reminiscent of Rachel Maddow.

The gist of much of the media coverage–particularly the coverage from the...

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Analysis: US Army Chooses Sig 320 as New Pistol

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Posted by    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 8:05pm 1/20/2017 at 8:05pm

I’ve spent the last week at the gun industry SHOT Show convention in Las Vegas, and I’m pretty sure I need a hip replacement after walking mile after mile of exhibits of guns, guns, more guns, related gun stuff, and guns.

Perhaps the biggest gun-related news event of the week, however, wasn’t...

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Marilyn Mosby’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Posted by    Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 5:30pm 1/7/2017 at 5:30pm

It couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

A Federal judge has ruled that Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby may be civilly sued for malicious prosecution by the police officers she targeted following the in-custody death of Freddie Gray, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Gray’s demise was followed by days...

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Review: John Lott’s “The War on Guns”

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Posted by    Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:00pm 12/16/2016 at 1:00pm

For those of us in the gun rights and concealed carry community (and old enough to have been around) the 1990s was a pivotal decade.

When it began, there were only 15 states that would issue concealed carry permits to private citizens based on objective criteria and just one that required no...

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No Charges in Keith Lamont Scott Police Shooting

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 5:15pm 11/30/2016 at 5:15pm

No charges are to be filed against the police officer who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott last September in Charlotte NC, announced Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray today, reports CNN and other news outlets.

Both Scott and the officer who shot him, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson, are black.

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Faux Science: Claim that homicides surged under Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” law

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Posted by    Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 7:30pm 11/27/2016 at 7:30pm

The scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine has published a paper utterly devoid of scientific or public policy merit, fraught with abject error and ignorance, and utterly lacking any arguable purpose other than to deceive gullible readers about the nature and merits of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law.

The JAMA study follows another supposedly scientific...

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“Loud Music Killer” Michael Dunn Loses Appeal of Murder Conviction

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Posted by    Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:30pm 11/18/2016 at 1:30pm

Readers may recall the 2014 trial of Michael Dunn for the killing of teenager Jordan Davis, as well as three counts of attempted murder of Davis’ friends, in an incident apparently triggered by Dunn’s annoyance with the teens’ loud music.  We covered this trial in great detail right here at...

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Judge Declares Mistrial in Ray Tensing Trial

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Posted by    Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:30am 11/12/2016 at 11:30am

Minutes ago Judge Megan Shanahan declared a mistrial in the case of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing after the jury remained unable to come to a unanimous verdict in its fourth day and twenty-fifth hour of deliberations, as reported by WCPO in Cincinnati.

Tensing was being tried for murder and...

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Arcane OH Self-Defense Law Leaves Officer at Risk of Conviction

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Posted by    Friday, November 11, 2016 at 5:40pm 11/11/2016 at 5:40pm

Today is the third day of deliberations in the murder/manslaughter trial of police officer Ray Tensing, and this afternoon Judge Megan Shanahan once again sent the jury back to deliberations after they told her that they were still unable to arrive at a unanimous verdict.

Ray Tensing, you may recall, is the Univesity...

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Legal Game Changer: Terence Crutcher had “High Levels” of PCP when shot by OK police

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 2:30pm 10/12/2016 at 2:30pm

It appears that another negative narrative about a police shooting of a black suspect is about to go down in flames. This particular case involves the shooting death of suspect Terence Crutcher by Oklahoma police officer Betty Jo Shelby.

The racial narrative in the shooting death of Crutcher appears to have taken a...

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Analysis: Is it lawful self-defense to “run down” rioters surrounding your vehicle?

https://twitter.com/JoeBrunoWSOC9/status/778479640541290496
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Posted by    Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 2:00pm 9/22/2016 at 2:00pm
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The details on the Charlotte riots and attacks on motorists trapped on the highway and others are in our earlier post.

Instapundit (law professor Glenn Reynolds) was suspended from Twitter (then later reinstated) after posting the following tweet as those riots and highway blockades were ongoing:

Professor Jacobson has asked me to address...

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Prosecutor of George Zimmerman Loses Bid for Re-Election

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 1:30pm 8/31/2016 at 1:30pm
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Yesterday Angela Corey, the prosecutor who dragged George Zimmerman into a hapless politically-motivated trial for second degree murder for the lawful killing of Trayvon Martin, has soundly lost the GOP primary race for her re-election as 4th Judicial State Attorney in the Jacksonville area of Florida, reports the Florida-Times Union newspaper.  Corey was defeated by a relatively...

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Freddie Gray Trials: Prosecutors Drop Remaining Trials Against Officers

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:24am 7/27/2016 at 11:24am

This morning Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped all criminal charges against the remaining “Freddie Gray” defendants, reports the Baltimore Sun.

There were three trials remaining–de novo trials of Officer Garrett Miller (whose trial was scheduled to begin today) and Sergeant Alicia White, as well as a re-trial of Officer William Porter....

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Freddie Gray Trial: VERDICT! Lt. Brian Rice Acquitted on All Charges

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Posted by    Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:38am 7/18/2016 at 10:38am

[UPDATE: The official transcript of Judge Williams’ decision has been embedded below. Thanks to commenter amwick.]

Like a Baltimore State’s Attorney version of the movie “Groundhog Day,” the fourth of the Freddie Gray trials has once again failed to achieve a conviction on even a single charge, according to Baltimore Sun...

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Freddie Gray Trial: State Presents Same Failed Case, Defense Rests

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:30am 7/13/2016 at 10:30am

The defense rested yesterday in the current “Freddie Gray trial” of Baltimore Police Department Lieutenant Brian Rice, and closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday.  Given the past practice of trial judge Barry Williams a verdict in this bench trial is likely to be delivered by him no sooner than early next...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Same-Old, Same-Old in Trial of Lt. Brian Rice

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Posted by    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:00pm 7/7/2016 at 7:00pm

The “Freddie Gray trial” of Lieutenant Brian Rice began today with opening statements and the state’s first two witnesses, reports the Baltimore Sun (the tweets embedded below are also provided by Baltimore Sun reporters).  Rice has chosen a bench trial before trial Judge Barry Williams.  The last two “Freddie Gray” defendants, who...

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