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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“Handicap Spot” Trial Triggers #FakeNews Tsunami

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Posted by    Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:00pm 8/19/2019 at 7:00pm
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The Florida “handicap parking spot shooting” trial of Michael Drejka starts this week, and accordingly news coverage of the case—by which, of course, I mean “media lying” about the case—can be expected to spike.

An excellent example of such media lying is found in CNN. In today’s post we step through that...

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Springfield (MO) Walmart Rifle/Body Armor Event is NOT a Second Amendment Case

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Posted by    Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 4:00pm 8/10/2019 at 4:00pm
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I’ve received a lot of requests to comment on the recent arrest of a man who walked into a Springfield, MO Walmart carrying a rifle, wearing body armor, and packing over 100 rounds of ammunition (all that according to news reports, of course). The man was held by gunpoint by another...

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VIDEO ANALYSIS: DOJ Correctly Declined Civil Rights Charges in Eric Garner Death

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 6:40pm 7/17/2019 at 6:40pm

Five years ago, on this exact date, Eric Garner died while violently resisting lawful arrest for a petty crime. Yesterday the Department of Justice announced that there would be no civil rights charges against the police officer most associated with that arrest (although numerous officers were involved).

This perfectly reasonable decision by...

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LEAKED: “Wrong Apartment” Shooting 911 Recording

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5:00pm 6/11/2019 at 5:00pm

There was a recent leak, in violation of court order, of the 911 call made by former Dallas cop Amber Guyger (mugshot in featured image). The call came immediately after she shot and killed Botham Jean when she mistakenly walked into his apartment, thinking it was her apartment and perceived him...

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Sandra Bland Redux: New Cellphone Video Released by Family

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 5:00pm 5/8/2019 at 5:00pm

Some of you may recall the 2015 arrest and subsequent apparent jailhouse suicide three days later of Sandra Bland, about whom I wrote at the time here at Legal Insurrection:
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Former Cop Mohamed Noor Convicted of Murdering Justine Damond

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 9:00am 5/1/2019 at 9:00am
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This Case of the Week covers Somali refugee Mohamed Noor, who while a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond.

Yesterday a jury convicted Noor of third-degree murder and

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Law of Self Defense: Man Shoots Two Threatening Trespassers, Charged with Murder

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Posted by    Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 4:00pm 4/20/2019 at 4:00pm

Today’s Law of Self Defense post based on a shooting reported this past Monday evening in Alaska.

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Law of Self Defense: Was McDonald’s Guard Justified in Going to His Gun?

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Posted by    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 6:00pm 4/13/2019 at 6:00pm

There’s a video making the internet rounds of an apparent security guard outside a McDonald’s being attacked by two young black men, and I’m being asked if the guard pointing his gun at the two was a lawful threat of deadly defensive force, on the one hand, or a crime, on...

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Here we go again: Another hack “scientific” study favoring gun control

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 9:00pm 4/2/2019 at 9:00pm
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Here’s a pro-tip for all of you who will be seeing headlines in coming days from “news” articles writing about a recent “scientific” study on gun violence: Any time you see such a study purport to examine “gun violence” but actually examine “homicide” and “suicide,” you can be pretty sure it’s...

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Law of Self Defense: Officer Acquitted in Death of Antwon Rose

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Posted by    Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 4:00pm 3/30/2019 at 4:00pm
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There is yet another outburst of outrage propagandized into being by the racial grievance industrial complex, this time over the acquittal this past Friday of East Pittsburgh (now former) police officer Michael Rosfeld for the shooting death of Antwon Rose (in feature image, above). But for the fact that Officer Rosfeld...

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Law of Self Defense: Man Shoots Home Intruder, Charged with Murder, Accepts Manslaughter

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Posted by    Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:00pm 3/16/2019 at 12:00pm

This Case of the Week is on an interesting defense of dwelling situation out of Louisiana that illustrates both that the legal risks for use of force are never zero, no matter how favorable the law appears to be to the defender, and also why a defender with the law on...

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Law of Self Defense: No Charges in Police Shooting of Stephon Clark

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Posted by    Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 7:00pm 3/3/2019 at 7:00pm
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Ever wonder how to get yourself shot and killed by police? It’s not as difficult as you might think.

Step 1: Present yourself as a reasonably perceived imminent deadly force threat.
Step 2: Wait for loud noises, flashes.

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More Politically-motivated Attacks on Self-Defense Law

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Posted by    Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 12:00pm 3/3/2019 at 12:00pm
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It’s become a standard propaganda technique of the modern racial grievance industrial complex to target self-defense law for particularly intense hate-based attacks. This is most notable in their attacks on “Stand-Your-Ground,” a term that they’ve sought to make, and with some success, synonymous with “RACIST!!!”

These efforts are not limited to “Stand-Your-Ground,”...

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Law of Self Defense: Black Murder Defendant Saved by “Stand-Your-Ground”

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Posted by    Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:00pm 2/22/2019 at 7:00pm

An acquittal in a murder case out of Louisiana provides a real-time illustration of the difference between the application of what I refer to as “hard” Stand-Your-Ground provisions versus “soft” Stand-Your-Ground provisions. (Details here are as reported by The Advocate and other news sources.)

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Law of Self Defense: Did Police Shoot Suspect for “Crime” of Sleeping in Car?

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Posted by    Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00pm 2/17/2019 at 2:00pm
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This Case of the Week is about a police use-of-force event in California on February 9th in which six police officers shot and killed a suspect, as reported by The Hill. (Hat tip to Tim G. on Facebook for forwarding me this story.)

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Law of Self Defense: ISIS Brings Knife to Gunfight, Gets Shot

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Posted by    Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6:01pm 2/15/2019 at 6:01pm

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona has released, under court order, the body camera footage of Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Wells, who stopped accused ISIS knife attacker Ismail Hamed the old-fashioned way—by demonstrating once again why it’s not a good idea to bring a knife to a gunfight. Hamed now stands...

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Law of Self Defense: EJ Bradford Shooting “Awful but Lawful”

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Posted by    Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6:00pm 2/9/2019 at 6:00pm

In this Case of the Week (COTW) we take a look at the “awful but lawful” shooting death by police of EJ Bradford in Alabama.

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