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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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.)

The facts of the case involve a bare-handed...

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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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Law of Self Defense — Regaining Innocence: A Real-World Example

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Posted by    Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:30pm 2/1/2019 at 8:30pm

This Case of the Week focuses on a real-world example of the application of the self-defense law doctrine of “regaining innocence.”

One of the five elements of a claim of self-defense justification for a use-of-force against another person is the element of innocence, which denies the justification of self-defense to a person...

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Law of Self Defense: Setting an Ambush

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Posted by    Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 3:00pm 1/24/2019 at 3:00pm

This Case of the Week involves an Indianapolis man who successfully ambushed three home burglars, killing one and driving off the others, who were ultimately arrested. (Click here for a link to the news report by the IndyStar.)

Local prosecutors have announced that they do not intend to bring charges against the...

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Law of Self Defense: Man Knocks Out Woman in Self-Defense?

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Posted by    Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 12:00pm 1/19/2019 at 12:00pm
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This week’s Case of the Week involves a video that has been making the rounds on the internet showing a large white man apparently knocking out a smaller young black woman with a single punch. I’ve seen reports that the man has been arrested and presume that he will attempt to...

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Law of Self Defense: Detective in “Handicap Parking Spot Shooting” Case Arrested

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Posted by    Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 12:00pm 1/13/2019 at 12:00pm
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This week’s “Case of the Week” involves some perhaps non-obvious risks and uncertainties you incur if you’re involved in a use-of-force event that you now have to legally justify, specifically the risk that the folks investigating and judging your conduct may themselves be profoundly flawed individuals.

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Law of Self Defense: When the 5th Amendment collides with the right of Self-Defense

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 8:00pm 12/19/2018 at 8:00pm

This case involves a recent Court of Appeals decision out of Texas —State v. Vasquez, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 9748 (TX Ct. App. 2018)—that illustrates how a refusal to take the witness stand can effectively strip you of the ability to argue self-defense to a jury.
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Was Cyntoia Brown sentenced to life in prison for self-defense? Nope.

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 1:00pm 12/11/2018 at 1:00pm

A lot of people have been forwarding me articles about Cyntoia Brown, who was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery when she was a 16-year-old prostitute. Recent news coverage includes this very sympathetic piece from CNN</...

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Law of Self Defense: FedEx Driver Not Charged in Fatal Punch of Man Who Hurled Racial Slurs at Him

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:00pm 12/5/2018 at 7:00pm
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I came across this brief news article about a confrontation between a black FedEx driver, Timothy Warren, and an angry man who repeatedly shouted racial epithets at him. The driver killed the man.

Prosecutors have decided against bring charges against the driver, despite the death of the victim. B...

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