Law of Self Defense News/Q&A Show: August 26, 2021

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In today’s News/Q&A Show for August 26, 2021 we touched on a broad range of questions submitted for the show, as well as questions submitted live, including:



  • When is it legally prudent for me to display my gun?
  • Can officer disarm me during traffic stop?
  • If aggressor pulls me from car with both hands, can I shoot him?
  • COVID-mask attacks: How much force can I use to defend myself?

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7 thoughts on “Law of Self Defense News/Q&A Show: August 26, 2021”

  1. guilty as charged

    The wife kept on conversing to the sidewalk person, but the sergeant would not allow the sidewalk person to answer his wife. It seems very clear who wears the pants in the family.
    I appreciate Andrew saying that he would have kept on walking. The CCW takes guff from everyone. We retreat and then retreat some more. A society where everyone is CCW is a polite society.
    The sergeant did not retreat and now has a record in the criminal justice system.

  2. Yeronimus Pretorius

    Sgt. Pentland wasn’t acting like Zimmerman when he was attacked by Trayvon. He was acting like Markeis McGlockton when he attacked Michael Drejka, supposedly defending his woman.

    1. The sergeant wasn’t defending himself or another when he attacked the victim, because the victim hadn’t used or threatened the imminent use of force against anyone.

  3. My thoughts on revealing the fact that you are armed to an aggressor are this: Never reveal the fact that you have a gun to an aggressor unless you have the ability to open fire on him in a heartbeat and you have made up your mind to open fire on him just as soon as you get the muzzle pointed at him.

    Revealing the fact that you are armed can and usually will usually result in a psychological stop or an immediate use of deadly force against you, and if what you get is an immediate use of deadly force you are going to be behind. When the aggressor makes up his mind to use deadly force and begins to use it before you have made up your mind to use it, you have to recognize the fact that you didn’t get a psychologial stop, make up your mind what to do about it, and then attempt to do it. You are 1 to 2 seconds behind in the fight and may very well be killed or incapicated before you can do anything to protect yourself.

    In a use of deadly force sitution, the first person to make up his mind to use deadly physical force immediately usually prevails.

    1. Attorney Andrew Branca

      The transcripts are a great deal of work, and are rarely sought after, so we do them as time permits. When time does not permit, they don’t get done. One of the consequences of merely being a small-town lawyer. 🙂

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