VIDEO: Self-Defense Attorney Branca Interview: No-shoot Scenario Training, Specialized Knowledge Evidence

Hey folks,

Glen Evans , of Warrior Men, was kind enough to send me a bunch more video clips of his recent interview of me.  They’re each pretty brief, around 5 minutes each, and cover some interesting facet of self-defense and the law.

In the clip below, we discuss the importance of integrating into training scenarios that cover the entire continuum of the defensive force, from simply walking away from a challenge at one end of the spectrum, to employing lethal force at the other end of the spectrum.  If you’re training only to shoot, you’re not training for the real world scenarios you are most likely to encounter (non-deadly attacks outnumber deadly-force attacks by 5-to-1, according to DOJ statistics).

We also discuss how documented training can enable you to get specialized knowledge–such as the Tueller Drill–into evidence and to a jury, whereas such knowledge may be inadmissible if you cannot demonstrate that you knew it at the time you acted in self-defense (as opposed to simply having learned of it later).

Finally, we discuss the concern shared by many that obtaining training or learning the law can be used against you in court (hint:  sure, it can, but if that’s the argument the prosecution is reduced to, then your defense is in really good shape).

If any questions, don’t hesitate to post them here.

In the meantime, if you live anywhere near Manchester, NH, I’ll be at the gun show there all weekend.  Stop by, say hello, and if you buy a copy of “The Law of Self Defense,” you can even get my awesome autograph on it.  🙂   You can get more information on the gun show, including location and times, here.

And now, Glen’s video:

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with upcoming seminars scheduled for Columbia SC (10/19), Atlanta GA (11/16), and Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

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Andrew Branca

Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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