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In a Nutshell: The Five Principles of the Law of Self-Defense

American society recognizes that there are certain circumstances in which the use of force, even deadly force, against another person may be necessary and justified. When this is so, the use of that force is deemed not a crime, and even if the state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt each and every element of, say, murder, the fact that the act was done in lawful self-defense requires an acquittal. This is, really, a remarkable …

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Are you a racist if you own a gun?

Hey folks, Just came across a great piece by John Lott on the FoxNews.com web site.  Posting on it here just to bring it to everyone’s attention: Are you a racist if you own a gun? –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Law of Self Defense Facebook Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and …

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NEWS: Law of Self Defense Seminar, Atlanta, GA: November 16

Hey folks, We’re now just 10 days or so away from the Law of Self Defense Seminar being held by Adventure Outdoors in Atlanta GA on November 16, and I’m shocked–SHOCKED!–that not all 100 million+ American gun owners have registered.  🙂 In all seriousness, the Adventure Outdoors meeting hall is ridiculously oversized for one of my seminars, so we still have seats available for that event. Law of Self Defense Seminars  show how the law …

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Sanford Police Chief Walks Back “No Guns on Neighborhood Watch” Policy

Hey folks, The Sanford Police Department is busy walking back their widely reported policy change that would have banned Neighborhood Watch volunteers from lawfully carrying concealed. In fact, Police Chief Cecil Smith now says that while they discourage Neighborhood Watch volunteers from being armed, they are not prohibited from lawfully doing so. Volunteers for a “higher level” form of Neighborhood Watch, called “Citizens on Patrol,” would, however, be prohibited from being armed, but this appears …

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FL Lawmakers Seek to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground AND Ease Home Invasions, Kidnappings & Carjackings

Hey folks, We’ve all heard recent rumblings about some legislators in Florida seeking to make political hay by “changing” or “improving” the state’s Stand-Your-Ground law. We can now observe the text of their proposed bills for this purpose, and see that what they are actually doing is revoking Stand-Your-Ground completely–and not JUST Stand-Your-Ground, but the entire Florida statute 776.013, “Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.” in …

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VIDEO: Importance of Having Non-Deadly Tools In Your Self-Defense Tool Kit

Hey folks, Below is another of the video clips resulting from Glen Bland’s interview of yours truly–it’s a short one, less than 3 minutes. This one covers the importance of having non-deadly force tools as part of your self-defense tool kit, and the dangers in relying solely on the gun as your only self-defense tool option. As they say, not every problem is a nail: I hope you enjoy this brief clip, and as always …

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Remember President of CO Senate Who Was Recalled? Me Neither.

Hey folks, Just wanted to share a wonderful pic posted up by Triangle Tactical, of FORMER State Senate President John Morse having his name scraped off his FORMER office. If you’re not familiar with Triangle Tactical, check them out, they do awesome work. -–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, Facebook: LOSD Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense …

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VIDEO: US Senate Stand-Your Ground Hearings, Sen. Graham (R-SC) Shows Up (10/29/13)

Hey folks, Here’s “Republican” Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) showing up at the Stand-Your-Ground hearing in the Senate. He kinds of meanders around for 10 minutes. His only accomplishment, which I presume was inadvertent, is to set up Dr. John Lott’s knock-out punch on the childish nonsense spouted by Prof. Sullivan of Harvard and Attorney LaBahn. The only real gold in this clip is at about the 10:30 point when Dr. Lott steps in, but you …

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VIDEO: US Senate Stand-Your Ground Hearings, Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) (10/29/13)

Hey folks, Here’s my first video post of yesterday’s Senate hearing from one of the anti-self-defense contingent (other than, of course, Sen. Durbin, who called the meeting), US Representative Gutierrez. It’s pretty much all Progressive nonsense. The only really notable part is where Gutierrez says he is pushing legislation to ban inexpensive guns–presumably the only guns affordable enough for poor people to purchase in defense against criminal predation. Guess Gutierrez hates poor innocent people. Also, …

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VIDEO: US Senate Stand-Your Ground Hearings, Senator Cruz, Follow-Up (10/29/13)

Hey folks, More Ted Cruz goodness–these are follow-up comments, after the various witnesses brought to testify in the hearing had completed their prepared remarks: In particular he notes that then-Senator Obama voted for self-defense immunity laws in Illinois before he was elected to higher office. Cruz also jabs at Sen. Durbin’s efforts to target ALEC and chill free speech. Durbin’s hissy-fit in response can be seen at about the 8:20 mark, telling the audience “don’t …

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