What We Teach
  • Extensive and complete  analysis of over 200 years of case law from the state to federal levels.
  • Only “plain talk” that makes the laws understandable to everyone,  not just lawyers
  • Interesting and entertaining, if sometimes heart wrenching, true-life examples of people acting in defense, and the legal outcomes
  • No boring bits that aren’t pertinent to the legal “rules of engagement”
Why Is This Important?

Because it’s about your life.  We all know that defending yourself against a malicious attacker is imperative.  You must win.  But that’s just the beginning.  Another fight starts right where the last leaves off.  Don’t get caught without the tools to win that one too.  This site will help you:

  •  correct the biggest myths you may have learned about the legal consequences of using force in self defense
  • avoid the hard-to-see “cliff edge” where people too often lose the right to claim self defense
  • keep up to date on not just the laws, but how the courts have interpreted and applied those laws
  • clearly understand high-risk ‘gray areas’ of the law that permeate the courts, and how to stay out of them

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 ways people lose their right to argue self defense at trial.  Sign Up to get it now for FREE!

Why Choose Us...

There’s a lot of well-intentioned “expert” and anecdotal advice on self defense law.  But is it right?  Is such advice based on what actual courts decide in real world cases, or merely on what folks think the law says?

Should a predator attack, will you be able to act decisively, knowing that you are well within the limits of the law, or will you hesitate at the critical moment?  What will happen to yourself or your family if you do?

Don’t trust just anyone.  Andrew Branca is the industry expert — he advises and consults for numerous law firms, state and federal agencies, and the private sector, all of whom go to him because he is, quite simply, the best.

Testimonials

Best self-defense law guide since sliced bread

I was taping a show today and totally recommended the hell out of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” by Andrew Branca. Buy it. It’s the best self-defense law guide since sliced bread.
Kurt Schlichter

Excellent guidance to gun owners

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” provides excellent guidance to gun-owners & gun-carriers. I recommend you get a copy!
– John Farnam, Defense Training International

Excellent guide to self-defense law, comprehensive information

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is an excellent guide with comprehensive state-by-state information.
– Stephen Halbrook, “That Every Man Be Armed”

Concisely teaches principles of self-defense law

The value of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is in the way it concisely teaches the principles of self-defense law.
– Gila Hayes, Armed Citizen Legal Defense Network

May be the most important book on the subject I’ve yet seen

May be the most important book on the subject that I’ve seen yet. Easy to read, set up in a logical sequence. You make points and then illustrated them with stories from real life to show the practical application. I’ve been teaching use of lethal force/self defense for 20 years and have served as an expert witness on self defense, and yet in just the first 10 minutes of skimming, I’d already learned valuable information.
– Peter Burlingame, Self-Defense Initiative, US Virgin Islands

The owner’s manual for your concealed carry permit

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is the owner’s manual for your concealed carry permit.
Ace of Spades HQ

Continue enjoying [your] life.

Having a gun when the police aren’t there to protect you can keep you alive, but understanding the material in this book can keep you out of jail to continue enjoying that life.
– John Lott, “More Guns, Less Crime”

Fantastic!

Just finished “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” it’s fantastic. Full review at is.gd/ivout2 Would love to host a seminar. [And she did!]
– Sandy O’Neal, Northwest Florida Firearms Training

As important as your ammo selection for self-defense

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is as important as your gun and ammo selection for self-defense. Get yourself a copy.
–Ron Larimer, When the Balloon Goes Up

an EXCELLENT idea.

Taking Andrew Branca’s class would be not only a good idea, but an EXCELLENT idea. … By all means, take his course. I also recommend his new book.
–Massad Ayoob, Founder, Lethal Force Institute

An outstanding book. Love it.

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is an outstanding book. Love it.
–John Willett (USMC 1998-2002), BoldDeparture.com

Tons of useful information, in easy-to-understand format

Just wanted to let you know that I received “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” the other day and I’m loving it! TONS of useful information presented in an easy-to-understand, legal fashion. It’s a great read and I’d like to personally thank you for sharing such invaluable knowledge to those of us who carry for personal protection. I’m very proficient with my firearms and have confidence in my ability to protect myself. And soon, after finishing your book, I hope to have more confidence in my ability to protect myself in the “legal machine” if ever need be. Again, great book and thank you!
– Jason Toelle

Will be terrified you’re carrying without this info

Anyone with a CCW will be astounded & terrified they’re carrying without having the info in “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition”. There’s so much to know!
– Dan Stewart

An essential read!

If you own a firearm or carry a handgun for self-defense, “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is an essential read!
– Peter Bossley

So good I ordered a second copy!

I bought “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” on Kindle. It’s so good that I just ordered a physical copy so I can mark it all up!
–Traci Davis

Like a legal seminar on self-defense

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is a must read. It is a law seminar in self defense for laymen.
–Jon Nials

Read to guard against predatory prosecutors

I keep and bear arms to guard against violence. I’m going to read “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” to guard against the likes of Angela Corey.
– R. Hart

Be prepared for the legal battle, hoping you’ll never need it/strong>

We CCW to be prepared for violence, hoping never use it. Read “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” to be prepared for the legal battle, hoping never need it.
– Chris T.

Can hardly put it down!

I just started reading “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” today and I can hardly put it down!
– Paula G.

If you own a gun, own this book

If you own a gun, own “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition.”
–D. Cole

You will thank God for when you need this book

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is the book you pray to never need, but will thank God (and Branca!) for when you do.
– @Scuds20

Like it so much I purchases a 2nd copy

I liked “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” so much that I purchased 2nd copy, 1 for reading and reference, 1 stored in the safe.
– James R.

Own firearms, then MUST own this book

If you own firearm for home defense, or carry a firearm, then you MUST have a copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition.”
– Charles Riggs

One word: Excellent

Finished reading “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition”. One word: Excellent. Highly recommend that everyone read it, take it to heart.
– Harvey H.

Takes your self-defense knowledge to the next level

Reading “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” against backdrop of Zimmerman takes your self-defense knowledge to next level. Knowing weapon isn’t enough, know the law.
–Marcia D.

Much better informed and aware of the many legal risks of self-defense

Liked “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” a lot. Feel much better informed & aware of the many legal risks involved in the legitimate use of deadly force. “The Law of Self Defense” is every bit as important as the firearm and ammo. I view the book as a form of self-defense in itself.
– Dan S.

You aren’t carrying responsibly without this book

You aren’t carrying responsibly if haven’t absorbed “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition”. Self-defense law is not intuitive.
– Todd W.

Far more substantive than alternatives

Too many “experts” vaguely discuss these self-defense issues, but “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is far more substantive. Will recommend to others.”
– Michael B.

A must have for anyone that owns a gun, bought second copy

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” is a must-have for anyone that owns a gun. So valuable, I bought another to pass along.
– J. Chiles

Fantastic information!

Received my copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” yesterday! Fantastic information, thank you Andrew!
– B. Ball

Hooked form the first page, info is invaluable

I received my copy of “The Law of Self Defense” today. I was hooked from the p.1. As CCW license holder, info is invaluable.
– Marcia D.

The gold standard resource for the armed citizen

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” has to be the gold standard resource for the armed citizen.
– J. M. Kopecky

 

 

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Andrew F. Branca, Esq., is the foremost expert in U.S. self defense law across all 50 states, whose expertise has been used by the the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, numerous other media organizations, as well as many private, state and federal agencies. He is a Massachusetts lawyer, Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and Adjunct Instructor on the Law of Self Defense at the SigSauer Academy in Epping, NH. He regularly lectures and speaks throughout the country on how to protect yourself against both an attack and the legal machine after.

Andrew is a multi-division Master-class competitor in IDPA and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He holds or has held concealed carry permits for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, Virginia, and other states.