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 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).

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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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