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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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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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#Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence: Police Officer’s Answers to Juror Questions

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 1:30pm
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This post focuses on the second-half of Police Officer’s testimony before the Grand Jury, during which he is responding to direct questions from both the Prosecutors present (Whirley and Alizadeh) as well as from individual Grand Jury members.

This portion of the testimony also covers the relevant post-shooting events.

The first half of...

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#Ferguson Grand Jury evidence: Police Officer’s Account of Shooting

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 4:00pm
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As promised, the transcripts of the Ferguson Grand Jury have been released to the public. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the transcripts amount to 4,799 pages. That’s not a typo: four thousand, seven hundred and ninety-nine pages. So, it’s going to take a little time to work through...

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Analysis: #Ferguson Grand Jury: NO Indictment In Michael Brown Shooting

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Posted by    Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:25pm
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As has been widely anticipated for weeks, the Ferguson MO Grand Jury has DECLINED to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black adult Michael Brown.

This result has not been unexpected, as the overwhelming weight of both the eye witness and forensic evidence has been entirely consistent with Officer...

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UPDATED: “Warning shot” defendant accepts 3-year plea deal

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Posted by    Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:30pm
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Christmas came early for Marissa Alexander, who claimed that the bullet she fired past her husband’s head was a “warning shot,” and who was facing a re-trial with a 60 year mandatory minimum sentence almost a certainty on the far end.

First Coast News is reporting that Angela Corey has re-offered to...

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#Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Preparing to Resign

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Posted by    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:55pm
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CNN’s Anderson Cooper is reporting that police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson MO on August 9, is purportedly in the final stages of preparing his resignation from the Ferguson police department.

Wilson, who has been in hiding for months following threats of violence against himself and...

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Should weather dictate timing of #Ferguson Grand Jury Report release?

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Posted by    Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 12:00pm
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There is much speculation around when the Ferguson Grand Jury is likely to finally release their (widely expected) no true bill (non-indictment) of Police Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of Mike Brown.

A great many people, myself included, have suggested that the authorities responsible for the release of the Grand...

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