Attorney Andrew Branca

COTW: Man Shoots Home Intruder, Charged with Murder, Accepts Manslaughter

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 their side might nevertheless agree to plea to a felony conviction with a multi-year sentence. Facts of the Case: Simple View The basic facts …

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POTD: Will Florida’s Revised Self-defense Immunity Law Apply Retroactively?

The Florida supreme court heard arguments this week on whether the newest flavor of Florida’s self-defense immunity law, which was last substantively revised in 2017, ought to apply retroactively to cases that were charged prior to that change. Naturally, and despite the fact that the linked news article was published on a site called “LAW.COM,” the article repeatedly miscalls Florida’s self-defense immunity law the state’s “stand-your-ground” law. In fact, self-defense immunity and “stand-your-ground” are two …

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Law of Self Defense Show: March 11, 2019

This week’s Law of Self Defense Show answered such questions as: “What percent of self-defense hearing are successfully attacked by prosecutors” “Which of the five elements of self-defense are most successfully attacked? Which one do self-defenders most often screw up? Which pillar is the hardest to get right? Why?” “Why are jurors not allowed to pause trial & ask questions?” “What are thoughts on defending against Tasers and stun guns with a firearm?” and more! …

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POTD: Explained: Former Cop Nouman Raja Convicted in Florida

Former Florida cop Nouman Raja was convicted by jury yesterday of manslaughter by culpable negligence and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm for the 2015 shooting death of Corey Jones, reports NBC News and other sources. Attorney Benjamin Crump, a prominent leader in the racial grievance industrial complex, is involved in this matter as a “friend of the [Jones] family,” an oft-adopted role by Crump that also positions him to reap a financial windfall when …

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POTD: Arkansas “Stand-Your-Ground” Bill Dies In Committee

The Associated Press and other news sources are reporting that the “Stand-Your-Ground” (SYG) bill that had been under consideration by the Arkansas legislature has died in a state senate committee on a 4-3 vote. Arkansas thus remains one of the minority of 13 states that imposes a legal duty to retreat before one may act in self-defense, the so-called ‘Duty-to-Retreat” states. That bill, SB484 is embedded at the bottom of this post. It’s worth noting …

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COTW: Gun versus Car: A Legal Analysis

This Case of the Week is on a fight in Charlotte NC between two men, one of whom was armed with a gun, and the other armed with a car. You can read the news report on this by clicking here. The man armed with a gun was a law enforcement officer investigating a known bad guy. Officers sought to make contact with the bad guy at a local bar after hearing the bad guy …

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POTD: AGH Trivia Show: LOSD Question: Zimmerman’s 911 Call

For today’s Alien Gear Holsters “Trivia Show” I submitted a Law of Self Defense Question on the subject of George Zimmerman. You can watch today’s Alien Gear Holsters “Trivia Show” LIVE at 3PM PST here:  facebook.com/aliengearholsters If you answer the Law of Self Defense Question correctly during the live show, your name goes into a hat, from which a winner will be chosen for a FREE hard-cover copy of our best-selling book, “The Law of …

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Law of Self Defense Show (3/4/19)

In this week’s Law of Self Defense Show we announce the launch of our newest self-defense law Q&A show, “Calling the Shots,” kindly hosted by Alien Gear Holsters. We also continue our ongoing segment entitled “Self-Defense Law Terms That Don’t Mean What You (Most Likely) Believe They Mean,” focusing this week on the term “Preclusion.” After our Q&A segment we also announced a flash 50% off sale on our state-specific Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Classes …

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POTD: Self-Defense Requires Reasonable, Not Perfect Decisions

Ever wonder how to get yourself shot and killed by police? It’s not as difficult as you might think. Step 1: Present yourself as a reasonably perceived imminent deadly force threat. Step 2: Wait for loud noises, flashes. And let’s not forget the post-mortem Step 3: Family files multi-million dollar §1983 Federal civil suit against the police department, hoping that political pressure from the usual racial grievance industrial complex will induce the local pols to …

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POTD: More Politically-motivated Attacks on Self-Defense Law

It’s become a standard propaganda technique of the modern racial grievance industrial complex to target self-defense law for particularly intense hate-based attacks. This is most notable in their attacks on “Stand-Your-Ground,” a term that they’ve sought to make, and with some success, synonymous with “RACIST!!11!!” These efforts are not limited to “Stand-Your-Ground,” however, but rather are broadly applied to generally constrain the scope of conduct that qualifies as lawful self-defense, and thus deemed free of …

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