Attorney Andrew Branca

When Reasonableness Fails: MN Cop Who Killed Justine Damond Convicted

Hey folks, This Case of the Week covers Somali refugee Mohamed Noor, who while a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond. Noor has just been convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for that killing, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune. (Noor was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder.) The facts of the case are relatively undisputed: On July 15, 2017, Ms. Damond called 911 to report a possible rape taking …

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Conflating Defense of Property and Persons

Today’s Post of the Day involves a recent self-defense event in a car in Chicago (I know, I know) at 3:15 a.m. (I KNOW, I KNOW) in which the facts appear to have caused some confusion about whether this event was one involving defense of property or defense of persons. (Hat tip to Law of Self Defense member Tim G. for linking me to this story.) It is critically important to be able to distinguish …

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When the Process is the Punishment

Hey folks, Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Post of the Day. This Post of the Day involves the acquittal this past Wednesday of a Georgia man in a self-defense trial who was being tried on charges as serious as malice murder. He was acquitted of all charges by a jury that was apparently completely unimpressed with the case against him. For the defendant that’s obviously a pretty decisive legal victory. This case is …

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Law of Self Defense at the NRA Annual Meeting 2019

Hey folks, My apologies for the lack of substantive content the last few days, but we’ve been away at the NRA Annual Meeting 2019 in Indianapolis and just got back yesterday.  I’ll have a genuine Law of Self Defense post up shortly. In the meantime, though, I thought I’d share a few of our photos from the NRAAM.  So, here goes: First, I had the good fortune to meet up with old friend (and producer …

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Man Shoots Armed Robber, Indicted for Manslaughter

This Case of the Week focuses on a news story out of Virginia in which a clerk in a convenience store found himself the target of a robbery at 3:00 AM. Pulling his gun, the clerk fired several rounds at the robber, who fled. So far, likely so good, legally speaking assuming the robber presented a deadly force threat to the clerk (Virginia law does not appear to allow the robbery alone, absent a deadly …

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Save 60% AND Support John Lott’s pro-2A Research!

Hi folks, Today I’m really excited to share something different with you. As the NRA Annual Meeting draws near and I’m gearing up for my flight out to Indianapolis, I’m reminded once again how vital our Second Amendment rights are to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities, as well as to secure our liberty. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but there are a lot of potential Second Amendment allies yet to be brought …

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Nasty Moms Demand Wants to Financially Crush Lawful Defenders

There are few political groups as nasty and reprehensible as the “Moms Demand” gun control fascists, and news reports on Indiana’s self-defense immunity law being debated this week in that state’s legislature provide yet another example. We’ve written previously about Indiana’s proposed civil self-defense immunity law, HB 1284, so I refer you to those prior posts for details on this bill: POTD: Self-Defense Immunity Advances in Indiana, Tennessee (2/4/19) POTD: Indiana Senate Advances Civil Self-Defense …

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Legal Issues Around Engaging Active Shooters

Today’s Post of the Day takes a brief look at a recent FBI report on active shooter incidents, places some modest context around these monstrous attacks on innocent people, and shares some insight distinguishing the legal issues around engaging an active shooter versus a more typical defense of others situation. FBI Report: Active Shooter Victims Killed and Wounded The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a report on active shooter incidents, titled (appropriately enough) “Active …

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NEW EPISODE! “Calling the Shots” Self-Defense Law Q&A Show

Hey folks, Today’s Post of the Day is the video and audio replay of yesterday’s episode of “Calling the Shots,” my new self-defense law Q&A show, hosted by Alien Gear Holsters. The show airs live periodically at the Alien Gear Holsters Facebook page, usually on Wednesdays at 3PM Pacific time. In this latest episode of “Calling the Shots” we addressed the following self-defense law topics: Gun stickers and decals on your vehicle Carrying at workplace …

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Doing it Wrong: “I shot him because he threatened to kill me … eventually.”

Today’s Law of Self Defense Post of the Day is based on a shooting this past Monday evening in Alaska. The news reports that a homeowner confronted two trespassers. The homeowner was threatened with death by one of them as the two trespassers sat in a car. The homeowner shot and killed the man who threatened him, then emptied his pistol into the second man who lunged towards the rear of the vehicle, killing him, …

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