Florida Senate “Stand Your Ground” panel advocates for lawsuits against people who lawfully defend themselves

The Orlando Sentinel reports that an ad hoc Florida state Senate panel, drawn together specifically to advocate changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, has emerged to announce that there should be changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

The key change sought by the panel is to impose limits on the immunity from civil liability for people who lawfully defend themselves against lethal attack. In other words, people who act in lawful self-defense would once again be subject civil damage lawsuits even after an acquittal of any criminal wrongdoing.

Ironically, the changes advocated by the “Stand Your Ground” committee do not target Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute at all–§776.013(3). Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm—but rather seek to undermine Florida’s self-defense immunity statute—§776.032. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.

For more coverage on this, see my full-length post over at Legal Insurrection:

Florida Senate “Stand Your Ground” panel advocates for lawsuits against people who lawfully defend themselves

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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.

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AUDIO: Andrew's Appearance on NRA's Cam & Co. show

Hey folks,

On August 21, 2013 I was lucky enough to be an in-studio guest of Cam Edwards on the NRA’s Cam & Co. show.  We talked about the George Zimmerman trial, the Florida sheriffs’ unanimous support of Stand Your Ground, the current state of gun freedom in the United States, and of course my book, “The Law of Self Defense: The Indispensable Guide for the Armed Citizen” (2nd Edition)

Cam was kind enough to provide with me the audio of my appearance soon thereafter, but I’ve only just gotten around to posting it up on the Law of Self Defense Youtube page.

I’ll embed the video (really, audio) here, but I encourage you to also sign up for LOSD Youtube channel, so you’ll automatically be notified when we upload future videos on the Law of Self Defense.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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STATE-SPECIFIC SUPPLEMENTS NOW AVAILABLE AT PRE-PUBLICATION DISCOUNT (38% OFF)

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” covers the current state of self-defense law in all 50 states. We’ve heard from many of you, however, that you’d like to dive even deeper into the self-defense law of your particular state–to have on hand the full-text of every self-defense statute, jury instruction, and even the full-text of the most important and controlling self-defense court decisions. Fitting 50-states worth of level of comprehensive detail would result in a book that weighs 500 lbs, which is why we didn’t take that approach in “The Law of Self Defense.” Due to the great demand for this further detail, however, we have begun rolling out a series of State-Specific Supplements that do provide exactly such  comprehensive coverage of each particular state’s self-defense law. Right now these are available on a pre-publication basis at a 38% discount, with delivery of each to occur over the next 2-3 months–pre-publication customers will, as always, receive their books first, with shipment to the general public not beginning until all pre-publication customers have first been sent their books.  To see the five states we are starting with, vote for other states to be covered, or to place your pre-publication order, click here:  State-Specific Supplements.

About Andrew F. Branca

Andrew is an Massachusetts lawyer in his third decade of practice and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

He is also an attorney-member of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, a Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-member and Certified NRA Instructor, and an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13) and Master-class IDPA competitor in CDP and SSP.

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

Efforts to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground Falter, Fail . . . Backfire?

Hey folks,

The much ballyhooed efforts to repeal the Stand Your Ground law in Florida have suffered an ignominious and well-deserved death.

An enormous and bi-partisan majority of Florida legislators —72%– this week overwhelmingly declined to hold a special session for the purpose of even debating the repeal of SYG.

For my full analysis on this breaking development, check out my full-length post over at Legal Insurrection:

Efforts to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground Falter, Fail . . . Backfire?

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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Andrew is currently in the process of planning his Fall 2013 Seminars. Please see Law of Self Defense Seminars/Webinars to get more information.

STATE-SPECIFIC SUPPLEMENTS NOW AVAILABLE AT PRE-PUBLICATION DISCOUNT (38% OFF)

“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” covers the current state of self-defense law in all 50 states. We’ve heard from many of you, however, that you’d like to dive even deeper into the self-defense law of your particular state–to have on hand the full-text of every self-defense statute, jury instruction, and even the full-text of the most important and controlling self-defense court decisions. Fitting 50-states worth of level of comprehensive detail would result in a book that weighs 500 lbs, which is why we didn’t take that approach in “The Law of Self Defense.” Due to the great demand for this further detail, however, we have begun rolling out a series of State-Specific Supplements that do provide exactly such  comprehensive coverage of each particular state’s self-defense law. Right now these are available on a pre-publication basis at a 38% discount, with delivery of each to occur over the next 2-3 months–pre-publication customers will, as always, receive their books first, with shipment to the general public not beginning until all pre-publication customers have first been sent their books.  To see the five states we are starting with, vote for other states to be covered, or to place your pre-publication order, click here:  State-Specific Supplements.

About Andrew F. Branca

Andrew is an Massachusetts lawyer in his third decade of practice and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

He is also an attorney-member of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, a Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-member and Certified NRA Instructor, and an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13) and Master-class IDPA competitor in CDP and SSP.

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

Houston Gas Station Shooting: SYG or not? Break it Down with AOJ

Hungry for another claimed example of a deadly Stand-Your-Ground defensive encounter, the mainstream media has seized upon the gas-station shooting death of a black man by a rifle-armed woman, also black, this past Sunday in Houston.

Video of the encounter was captured by the gas station’s security cameras, both inside the enclosed portion of the station, where it seems the encounter began, and out by the pumps where the encounter turned deadly.

So, was this a Stand-Your-Ground case of self-defense? Click over to Legal Insurrection to read my detailed analysis. The post also includes discussion of the AOJ triad for determining an imminent threat. Finally, it touches on the legal doctrines of consciousness of guilt and consciousness of innocence and their vital importance to your ability to craft a compelling narrative of innocence and stay out of jail following a defensive use of force:

Houston Gas Station Shooting: SYG or not? Break it Down with AOJ

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, #LOSD2


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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

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

Stand Your Ground: The “New” Self-Defense Doctrine That’s 136 Years Young

Much has been made lately of the self-defense legal doctrine of Stand-Your-Ground, mostly for political purposes unrelated to any actual legal application of the doctrine (for more on this, see here: Stand-Your-Ground: Gun Control Zombies Exploit Grieving Black Community).

Those denouncing Stand-Your-Ground characterize it as something “new,” a misguided initiative adopted in recent years by state legislatures that has now been clearly demonstrated to have profoundly negative unexpected consequences. “Why, under Stand-Your-Ground you can shoot and kill someone just because! And it’s totally legal!”

This has become the common refrain of the pro-thug crowd who now begrudgingly concedes that Zimmerman had to be acquitted based on the facts and the law of the case–but the problem, they say, is not the thug, but the law.

For my take on this misperception, and the force driving it, take a look at my morning post at Legal Insurrection:

Stand Your Ground: The “New” Self-Defense Doctrine That’s 136 Years Young

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, #LOSD2


LOSD2 SEMINAR ALERT

Andrew is currently in the process of planning his Fall 2013 Seminar Tour. This time he’ll be traveling from Boston, down the East coast, and then west to East Texas. Planned stops include (1) the Quantico area in Virginia, (2) Columbia, SC, (3) Atlanta, GA, (4) Houston, TX, (5) San Antonio, TX (6) Austin, TX (7) Dallas, TX, then back to Houston and the return trip back to Boston (with similar stops on the way home). Specific dates are being hashed out as I talk with groups interested in hosting seminars, but the trip will definitely be built around the Gun Rights Policy Conference being held in Houston, TX on September 27, 28, 29–so, which I am attending, so plan on the week before and the week after as likely seminar dates. Anyone interested in hosting or attending a seminar anywhere along that route, please contact me directly via the contact form on my blog to get more information.

Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

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

The Marissa Alexander Case Wasn't About "Stand-Your-Ground" Either

Hey folks,

By now some of you may have heard about the Marissa Alexander case in Florida.

Many people are trying to twist the facts of this case in a fashion that will be familiar to the rational among us who watched the Zimmerman case.

Essentially they want to know why Florida’s stand-your-ground law was sufficient to win Zimmerman an acquittal yet when applied in the Alexander case it produced a speed-of-light guilty verdict in a mere 12 minutes (did the jurors even bother to sit down, or were they putting on their coats while coming to consensus?), and a sentence of 20 years.

I did a lengthy analysis of this issue over at Legal Insurrection–take a look here:

The Marissa Alexander Case Wasn’t About “Stand-Your-Ground” Either

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, #LOSD2

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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

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