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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Oklahoma Officer Betty Shelby Acquitted in Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher

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Posted by    Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:15am 5/18/2017 at 11:15am

Yesterday, Tulsa OK Police Officer Betty Shelby, who is white, was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter charges arising from the September 16, 2016 shooting death of Terence Crutcher, who was black, according to reports by CNN and local Tulsa television news station KTUL.

Before issuing a verdict Wednesday night, the nine white jurors and...

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We Are Diminished: Bob Owens Passes at 46

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:30am 5/9/2017 at 11:30am

Yesterday morning, Bob Owens—a husband, a father, my friend, and a tireless defender of our Second Amendment rights—took his life. We are all diminished as a result.

I don’t suppose we can ever really know what drives a person to make such a decision. Their pain must be unimaginable. Whatever the cause,...

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Michael Slager Takes Federal Plea In Walter Scott Shooting Death

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:30pm 5/2/2017 at 4:30pm

Former police officer Michael Slager has accepted a Federal plea bargain deal in which he concedes to having violated the civil rights of Walter Scott when he fatally shot Scott five times as the apparently unarmed Scott fled from him.  The shooting occurred in April 2015 in Charleston SC.  Slager is...

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A Good Deal On Self-Defense Knowledge

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Posted by    Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:40pm 4/14/2017 at 8:40pm

Some of you may be aware that the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) has licensed my book, “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition.”  They’ve added their own cover, and a foreword by their CEO, Tim Schmidt, but otherwise it’s the same book.  I’m also a member of USCCA’s Legal...

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Terence Crutcher shooting Officer: “if he would’ve just done as I asked him”

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Posted by    Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5:40pm 4/3/2017 at 5:40pm

Back in September 2016 Terence Crutcher — a quite large black man — was shot and killed by white police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa OK.

I covered the case evidence in a prior post, Legal Game Changer: Terence Crutcher had “High Levels” of PCP when shot by OK police. Included in that post...

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Order Denying Immunity in Popcorn Shooting Riddled with Legal Errors

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Posted by    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:00pm 3/10/2017 at 7:00pm
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Curtis Reeves has been denied legal immunity from prosecution and civil suit over his fatal shooting of Chad Oulson, in an order issued today by Judge Susan Barthle (that order is embedded at the bottom of this post).

Reading Judge Barthle’s order, however, suggests that her legal analysis may be sufficiently defective...

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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?

http://newsblaze.com/business/legal/a-concealed-carry-case-scotus-cant-refuse_73444/
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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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