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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Ahmaud Arbery: Video Maker Charged With Felony Murder

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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 12:00pm 5/23/2020 at 12:00pm
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Hey folks,

The man who filmed the attack by Ahmaud Arbery on Travis McMichael, William “Roddy” Bryan, has been charged by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) with felony murder predicated on criminal attempted false imprisonment, according to various news reports.

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Ahmed Arbery Shoplifting Video: Admissible in McMichaels Trial?

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 8:00pm 5/20/2020 at 8:00pm
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Hey folks,

Today’s show looks at another Ahmaud Arbery video, released in the last 24 hours or so, of Arbery apparently getting arrested in a parking lot for purportedly attempting to shoplift a 65″ TV. You got that right, sixty-five inches. Go big or go home, I guess.

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Ahmaud Arbery Case: Propaganda, §1983, and Police Body Cam Video

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00pm 5/19/2020 at 6:00pm
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Hey folks,

In this video about the Ahmaud Arbery case I touch on two closely related topics, and share a police body cam video with you.

First, we compare the photos preferentially used by the media in the Trayvon Martin case with the photos preferentially used by the media in this...

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The Ahmaud Arbery Case as Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin Redux

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:30pm 5/17/2020 at 8:30pm
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Hey folks,

It’s been a while, glad to be back, hope everybody is doing well, and in the interests of efficiency let us all presume that suitable compliments and offerings of adult beverages have been made.

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Handicap Spot Shooter Sentenced to 20 Years

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Posted by    Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3:00pm 10/11/2019 at 3:00pm
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Michael Drejka, the Florida man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton after being physically attacked by McGlockton in a dispute over a handicap parking spot, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison. He was convicted in August of manslaughter.

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VIDEO: Knife Up, Don’t Shoot?

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 4:00pm 9/25/2019 at 4:00pm
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This past September 17, a white Saint Paul, MN, police officer shot and killed Ronald Davis, a black male. Within five days, organized protests took place against police brutality, complete with professionally printed signs and “Stop Killing People of Color” banners.

This is how a “news” (actually propaganda) source, that self-identifies as...

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Drejka Case Analysis: When the ‘Tueller Drill’ 21-Foot Defense is Defined Out of Existence

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Posted by    Monday, September 2, 2019 at 2:00pm 9/2/2019 at 2:00pm
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On Friday, August 23 , 2019, a Florida jury convicted Michael Drejka, the handicap parking spot shooter who killed Markeis McGlockton, of manslaughter.

As a result, at his September 10 sentencing hearing the 48-year-old Drejka will likely be sentenced to a mandatory minimum...

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SHOOT OR NO SHOOT: Knife Attack on Children

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Posted by    Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 4:00pm 9/1/2019 at 4:00pm

Today’s post is prompted by a strange and horrifying knife attack—strange because it happened on a public street, and horrifying because it involved slashing attacks to the faces of two small children.

As you might imagine I’ve been inundated with a single question: would deadly defensive force be lawful against such an...

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VERDICT: Michael Drejka Guilty of Manslaughter

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Posted by    Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00am 8/24/2019 at 10:00am

Last night “handicap parking spot shooter” Michael Drejka was found guilty of manslaughter, as charged, for the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. The verdict was returned quickly last night, after the jury had deliberated only a few hours.

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Does Reversal of Siwatu-Salama Brandishing Conviction Expand Self-Defense?

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Posted by    Friday, August 23, 2019 at 9:00am 8/23/2019 at 9:00am
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I’m seeing a lot of excitement in the gun community about the decision this week out of the Michigan court of appeals, People v. Siwatu-Salama. The drama around the decision represents some significant expansion of self-defense rights.

The decision does nothing of the sort. It is no reason to get excited o....

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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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