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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Manslaughter Charges Filed in Florida Handicap Parking Spot Shooting

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Posted by    Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:07pm 8/13/2018 at 3:07pm
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Michael Drejka, the 47-year old shooter of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton over a July 19 dispute about a handicap parking spot, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, reports the Tampa Bay Times and other news sources.  He is being held on $100,000 bail in Pinellas County Jail.

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Law of Self Defense: Flashback to Three Lies Created From Zimmerman 911 Audio

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Posted by    Friday, August 10, 2018 at 7:00pm 8/10/2018 at 7:00pm

With the “documentary” Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story by Jay Z in the news, I though it worthwhile to make this Case of the Week about the lies created by doctoring the audio file of the call George Zimmerman made to the police moments before he was viciously attacked...

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Attorney Andrew Branca to Critique “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story”

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Posted by    Monday, July 30, 2018 at 4:34pm 7/30/2018 at 4:34pm

It’s hard to believe, but my first post here at Legal Insurrection was on June 5, 2013. Naturally, it was a post covering the murder trial of George Zimmerman, after Professor Jacobson noticed some of my comments on his own posts and kindly invited me to contribute to the site.

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CNN Mangles “Stand-Your-Ground” Law Yet Again

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Posted by    Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 6:00pm 7/29/2018 at 6:00pm
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When I tell you that you must assume that everything the news media has to say about self-defense law and events is 100% wrong until proven otherwise, this is why: CNN: “What you need to know about ‘stand your ground’ laws”.

The errors on “Stand-Your-Ground” in particular and self-defense law in general, whether...

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9th Circuit panel upholds 2nd Amendment Open Carry right

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:30am 7/25/2018 at 11:30am

Every once in a while a federal court in the 9th Circuit hands down an opinion consistent with the actual meaning of the Second Amendment, and the Universe threatens to lose its mind. (Generally, of course, any such 2A-favorable decision is shortly reversed en banc, c’est la vie.)

One such decision was...

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Law of Self Defense: VIDEO: Shove-Shoot Case Sheriff’s Statement

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Posted by    Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 8:00pm 7/21/2018 at 8:00pm

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri issued a statement about the shove-shoot case. He gets a lot right in this statement, but he also gets a lot wrong. In the interests of time (and because I have a full-day Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class to teach today in Sacramento CA),...

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Law of Self Defense VIDEO: Just because it’s lawful to present the gun doesn’t mean it’s lawful to press the trigger

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Posted by    Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:00pm 7/20/2018 at 9:00pm
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There’s been a shooting in Florida (naturally?) that resulted over an argument about a non-handicapped person parking in a handicapped parking spot, and it was captured on a rather poor quality surveillance camera recording, according to news reports.

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Law of Self Defense: A Self-Defense Cascade of Failure

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7:00pm 7/18/2018 at 7:00pm

I’m often asked to describe the most common way people screw up their self-defense claim. The truth is there isn’t a single most common way. Too many people manage to find an apparently infinite number of ways to step outside the bounds of the law. Often, there were a bunch of...

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Law of Self Defense: Milwaukee Restaurant Attack

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 9:00am 7/11/2018 at 9:00am

This case of the week involves an armed employee stopping a vicious bare-handed attack in the kitchen of a Milwaukee restaurant:
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Law of Self Defense: Self-Defense Claim Lost When Defender Becomes Aggressor

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 5:00pm 7/4/2018 at 5:00pm
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This week’s case is a recent criminal trial sentencing out of Connecticut that purportedly involves principles of “Stand-Your-Ground,” but that in reality, of course, has nothing to do with “Stand-Your-Ground” at all.

Three-on-one Attack Ends With Defender Convicted

The defendant in this case was Jeffrey Sumpter, 21 years old, who was working his...

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Law of Self Defense: Murder re-trial for man who confronted public urination

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:05pm 6/27/2018 at 9:05pm
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Law of Self Defense Case of the Week is a new weekly series by Andrew Branca

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This case of the week involves the recent murder trial of a Texas man, Terry Thompson, who got into a barehanded fight with a drunk, John Hernandez, in a Denny’s parking lot. Thompson choked Hernandez to...

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Supreme Court reverses 9th Circuit, rules for officer in police excessive use of force case

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Posted by    Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:00pm 4/2/2018 at 3:00pm

The Supreme Court just handed down a police use-of-force decision, Kisela v. Hughes (

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Idaho Expands Right to Use Deadly Force Against Intruders

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00pm 3/27/2018 at 7:00pm

Last week Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter allowed a substantive change to the state’s self-defense law to take effect, albeit without his own signature, reports the Idaho Spokesman-Review and other sources. Although Senate Bill 1313 (embedded below) mostly just summarized in statute form Idaho’s already existing self-defense law, one provision, in particular,...

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U. Cincinnati Officer Who Shot Sam DuBose Wins $350k Settlement From University

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Posted by    Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 9:00pm 3/22/2018 at 9:00pm

Today the University of Cincinnati announced that it would settle a grievance brought by former UC police officer Ray Tensing by paying him almost $250,000 in back pay and $100,000 in legal fees he incurred, reports NBC and other sources.

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Wyoming Joins the Large Majority of “Stand-Your-Ground” States

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00am 3/20/2018 at 7:00am

Just days ago, on Friday, March 16, Wyoming became the 36th state to join the large majority that qualify as “Stand-Your-Ground” jurisdictions, furthering a trend that has been moving in only a single direction for quite a few years.

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Federal Court Sentences Michael Slager to 20 Years for Killing of Walter Scott

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Posted by    Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 1:00pm 12/7/2017 at 1:00pm

Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager has been sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to Federal civil rights charges in the April 2015 killing of Walter Scott, reports ABC News and other sources.

The sentence was based upon Slager’s pleading guilty to a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242, Deprivation of...

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Appeals court invalidates D.C.’s “good reason” constraint on public carry of firearms

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 4:10pm 7/25/2017 at 4:10pm

Attorney Alan Gura has scored another huge win for civil rights in today’s Wrenn v. DC decision out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal District of Columbia Circuit (you know, the one Harry Reid blew up the fillibuster for in order to load it up with Progressive...

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