Law of Self Defense Seminar/Webinar: The Syllabus

Description The Law of Self-Defense Seminar provides a comprehensive fact- and law-based education on the law of self-defense, presented by a nationally recognized legal expert in the field. Rather than a mere presentation of boring legal material, the seminar illustrates how the law of self-defense is applied in real court cases involving real people. In addition, the seminar is structured to engage participants with scenario-driven applications of the legal principles governing the law of self-defense. …

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When Is Evidence of Your Attacker’s Character Admissible In Court?

Hey folks, During the Zimmerman trial there was considerable consternation among much of the pubic that the trial judge, Debra Nelson, had excluded certain evidence about Trayvon Martin’s past, including his apparent drug use, illegal firearms dealing, passion for “street fighting”, among other pleasant character traits. Now that the trial has ended in a not guilty verdict Judge Nelson’s evidentiary decisions will never face the scathing reversals they so richly deserve, and I won’t seek …

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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 …

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LOSD2 Seminar Schedule: Fall “Southern” Tour 2013

Hey folks, I’m currently in the process of planning out the “Law of Self Defense” seminar schedule for the fall. An LOSD2 Seminar is essentially a working presentation structured along the lines of the book, with plenty of opportunity for people to ask questions and explore various hypothetical scenarios and how the law, both practical and theory, might apply. Depending on the size of the group and the number of questions the seminar tends to …

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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 …

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Coveted Double-Mention of LOSD on Ace of Spades HQ

I don’t know if it’s ever happened before, but somehow I was lucky enough to get mentioned prominently not just once today, but twice, on the fantastic Ace of Spades HQ blog. First mention came in the Sunday morning gun thread, because of my daily coverage of the Zimmerman trial: Gun Thread 7/21/2013: Stand Your Ground On Stand Your Ground Laws   Next came mention in the Sunday morning book thread, because of the release …

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Andrew Branca Talks Zimmerman, Self-Defense Law on Teri O’Brien Show

Hey folks, Last week I was a guest on the great Teri O’Brien show, and had a fantastic time talking the just concluded Zimmerman trial and self-defense law in general. (I’m hoping I get invited back sometime, too–hint, hint. 🙂 ). I’ve bee meaning to post up here about it right away, but with the rush of the past week just didn’t have time. Now, finally, there’s time. The link below will take you to …

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Stand-Your-Ground: Gun Control Zombies Exploit Grieving Black Community

As the racialist wing of our body politic suffers through the Kubler-Ross seven stages of grief at the “Not Guilty” verdict in the Zimmerman trial, we find that they are currently transitioning from the “Anger” to “Bargaining” stage. How do we know? Because all they want, they now tell us, is to “reform” the Stand-Your-Ground laws that currently exist in thirty-three states. You may, like any normal thinking person, be wondering how the heck the …

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How I Know I’ve Arrived–LOSD2 Ad on Ace-of-Spades HQ

Hey folks, Well, did my usual first-thing-in-the-morning stop at Ace-of-Spads HQ, and quess what I saw advertised in the sidebar? That’s right, my very own “Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition.” Told all you bastards I’d make it. 🙂 –Andrew

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Self-Defense Immunity Laws: Which States Protect You Best?

Hey folks, Now that the Zimmerman criminal trial has concluded, much attention has focused on the prospects for Zimmerman seeking protection under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute from any possible civil action against him. Florida’s statute 776.032, is among the broader self-defense immunity statutes, in that it possesses all four qualities of an optimal statute of this type. Fully 29 states provide some degree of limitation of liability for the individual who has genuinely acted in …

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