By Andrew Branca
August 7, 2013

Hey folks,

It is perhaps inevitable that comparisons will be drawn between the recently completed murder/self-defense trial of George Zimmerman in Florida and the just beginning travails of self-defense shooter Merritt Landry in New Orleans.

Indeed, I’ve already begun to do so myself (see “Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry”).

More interesting than seeing how the two cases compare, however, will be seeing how they contrast.

How will the two opposing sides in the Landry case draw lessons from Zimmerman and adopt different tactics and strategies in pursuing their desired ends?

For my latest analytical piece on the Merritt Landry self-defense case, click below to see my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Merritt Landry Allies Developing Narrative of Innocence

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


“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.


Andrew is currently in the process of planning his Fall 2013 Seminar Tours. This time he’ll be traveling from Boston, down the East coast, and then west to East Texas., (the “Southern” Tour) as well as from Boston to Ohio. (the “Northern” Tour)  We are also launching a series of webinars, essentially identical to the seminars, but accessible over the internet. Anyone interested in hosting or attending a seminar anywhere along that route, or participating in a webinar, please see Law of Self Defense Seminars/Webinars 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 and also at 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.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

Andrew F. Branca is a Massachusetts lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (autographed copies available) and (paperback and Kindle), the NRA Store, Gun Digest, and many other re-sellers.

Andrew also gives live, in-person, ~5 hour-long state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars all over the country, with upcoming seminars covering the self-defense laws of California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. (If you don’t see a seminar scheduled for your state, contact us at: seminar “at” lawofselfdefense “dot” com.)

Andrew also produces many 4-5 hour online, on-demand state-specific Law of Self Defense training courses.These online classes are enriched versions of the live, in-person state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars Andrew gives all around the country. Right now Colorado,Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia are online and immediately available, followed by many additional states.  These online classes are priced at $99/HOUSEHOLD. You can learn more details and view the first section of the training class for free (about 30 minutes worth of self-defense law training) by clicking here.

Andrew also produces free online self-defense law video lectures and podcasts through the Law of Self Defense Institute. You can be automatically informed of new video lectures by subscribing the Law of Self Defense Youtube channel. You can be automatically informed of new podcasts by subscribing through iTunes, Stitcher, RSS feed, or you can simply direct download podcasts to your preferred device.