Bad News: You Don’t Know How To Defend Your Property

Hey folks, Attorney Andrew Branca here from Law of Self Defense, where we help make you hard to convict, and I’m afraid I’ve got some very bad news … but don’t worry, I’ve got some very exiting news, too.

First, the bad news: Just about everything you currently know about defense of property is almost certainly wrong.

Even worse, much of it is not only wrong, it’s outright dangerous—the kind of dangerous misinformation that if followed can make you very, very easy to convict.

And conviction means potentially life in prison and financial ruin. So, the stakes are pretty high.

Whether in the context of using force to defend your family’s beloved pet, or to keep your car from being stolen, or to remove an intruder from your home, I can say with a high degree of confidence that whatever you think the law allows you to do in any of those situations, you’re almost certainly wrong, and dangerously so.

How do I know? Because I know the sources that normal, law-abiding people go to in order to learn the laws that govern the use of force in defense of property, and I know that most of those are bad, not good, sources of this kind of information.

Take lawyers, for example. In three years of law school we didn’t spend so much as minutes on defense of property. After law school, unless an attorney practices criminal defense they have zero professional need to know anything about defense of property law.

Even professional criminal defense attorneys are going to know infinitely more about how to defend a client accused of stealing the property of others than they are going to know about the rights of a person to defend their property—because guess who their clients generally are? That’s right, generally the thief, not the property owner.

What about cops? Hey, I love cops, the best man at my wedding was a cop. But the vast majority of police involvement in property crimes occurs after the fact, things like taking a report, not in using force to protect the property itself.

Indeed, the typical property loss prevention employee of a merchandise store is likely to have much more hands-on experience in actual defense of property than is the typical police officer. Not because there’s anything wrong with police officers, but simply because it isn’t a major component of their day-to-day job.

What about firearms instructors? I’m one of those myself, and there was nothing in my instructor training that properly prepared me to teach the laws that govern the defense of property. Even worse, I routinely see some of the highest-profile training organizations actively distribute information on defense of property law that can only be described as the kind of information that would make their members vulnerable to a lengthy prison sentence if followed.

In fact, if you follow my blog—and if you don’t you certainly ought to—you’ll know that I just recently wrote about a series of defense of property stories in the NRA’s Armed Citizen column that are presented as “law-abiding Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights” but are actually describing conduct in defense of property that’s outright criminal.

What about the internet? Please, don’t even get me started. Everything on the internet must be assumed to be 100% wrong until proven otherwise. In fact, the only worse possible source of defense of property law information than the internet is the mainstream media, and that’s a pretty low bar.

You may be wondering why, if people want to defend their property, their businesses, their homes, and of course we all do, there so many bad sources of information on defense of property law, and so few good sources?

The answer is simple enough: because the only legitimate source of defense of property law is the law itself—statutes, jury instructions, court decisions—and all of those are written by lawyers for lawyers, and none of them are written for the general public. So even if you get your hands on the relevant law, understanding all that legalese in an actionable, useful way is just very hard.

As bad as all that sounds, it gets even worse—if you thought that the laws governing self-defense and defense of others was complicated, the truth is that defense of property is much, much more complex.

Defense of persons law is about 80% the same across the 50 states, so about 20% different. Now, that’s bad enough, and that 20% really matters, it can easily mean the difference between being convicted of a serious felony on the one hand or being found entirely not guilty on the other. Still, 80% the same, things could be worse

And when it comes to defense of property law, things are worse, much worse. States vary wildly in where they each find what they think is the best balance between their residents using force to protect their property and the risk of harm to the people against whom that force is used.

The result is an apparent hodgepodge of rules that allow for, or prohibit, the use of force in defense of property, then separate sets of rules for different kinds of property, then exceptions to those rules, then exceptions to those exceptions.

It’s really impossible to over-emphasize how the different approaches taken by different states often result in essentially identical defense of property situations ending up with completely different legal outcomes.

Just recently on my blog I covered two essentially identical home invasions, in two different states. In both home invasions, an intruder entered the home at o’dark thirty. In both home invasions, the homeowner armed himself with a gun, determined to defend his home and his family. In both home invasions, that homeowner was compelled to shoot and kill the intruder.

But in one of those home invasions the defense of property laws that state were sufficiently strong that the authorities informed the homeowner that they would be facing no criminal charges, and they did so that very same day, within hours of the defensive shooting.

In the other home invasion the much weaker defense of property laws in that second state meant that the homeowner is still waiting to learn whether he’s going to be facing criminal charges as serious as murder—meaning, the rest of his life in prison if he’s convicted.

Essentially the same facts, but two different sets of defense of property laws, and two wildly different outcomes.

Sound crazy? It may be, but those are still the laws that are going to determine whether your use of force in defense of your property was lawful, carrying zero legal liability, or a felony good for 10 or 20 or more years in prison.

So, that’s the bad news situation, at least how it has existed. At least until now. And that’s the really exciting great news I have to share with you: the days of only bad sources of information on defense of property law are over.

That’s right, I’m really excited to announce that Law of Self Defense is launching its newest course on, you guessed it, “Defense of Property.”

And what’s most exciting about this new course is that I guarantee that it will strip all that apparent chaos and misinformation out of your understanding of defense of property law.

Even better, it will do so easily, with all the legalese translated into plain English, and, at least during the product launch, at a ridiculously low price (and with optional free bonuses and savings worth up to hundreds of dollars).

And best of all, it will provide you with the knowledge and insight you absolutely have to have in order to make better informed, more confident, and most importantly more decisive decisions in defense of your property—your stuff, your home, all of it—while at the same time making yourself hard to convict because you’ll have stayed well within the actual legal boundaries.

And I’m extending to you an opportunity to be among the very first people to have access to this brand new course, launching for the first time ever this Friday, and at a fraction of the normal price.

And all you have to do to be certain to have the opportunity to learn more about the launch of this new “Defense of Property” course is point your browser to lawofselfdefense.com/signup, put your state and email address in the indicated boxes on that page, and click the “Sign Up To Stay Updated” button. You’re incurring no obligation by doing so, and certainly not incurring any cost, you’re just making sure that you’ll be among those who continues to get additional information on the launch of this newest of our courses, “Defense of Property.”

I certainly hope that this video has gotten you as excited about this new “Defense of Property” course as I am—that was, naturally, my goal—and that you’ll sign up, against at no cost or obligation, to continue getting information on the launch of this course.

If you do sign up to be kept up to date on this brand new course, tomorrow we’ll email you a second video describing in detail how this brand-new course will transform your understanding of defense of property law.

In that video, I’ll talk about 10 of the most common defense of property misconceptions and misinformation, some of which I expect you’ll never have considered and others of which you’ll learn that what you’ve been taught has been completely wrong.

All 10 of these represent the most dangerous defense of property traps that tend to ensnare normal law-abiding people like you and me who simply want to defend our property and homes against criminal predators—traps that make us attractive targets of prosecution because they make us easy to convict.

And you do not want to be perceived as easy to convict.

Fortunately, you are (or hopefully soon will be) a member of the Law of Self Defense community, where our mission is to make you hard to convict. Not by teaching any legal tricks, but by teaching you the laws governing the use of force in defense of yourself, in defense of others, and in defense of property, so that you can do all that effectively while staying well within the legal boundaries.

And that’s how you make yourself hard to convict.

So, please, just point your browser to lawofselfdefense.com/signup, type in your state and email in the indicated boxes, and click that “Stay Up To Date” button, again at zero cost or obligation, and be certain you’ll be among those who get tomorrow’s video explaining how this new course will transform your understanding of the laws that enable you to defend your property decisively and lawfully.

Until then, remember:

You carry a gun so you’re hard to kill.

Know the law so you’re hard to convict.


Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC
Law of Self Defense CONSULT Program

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