How I Spent My Weekend

While the Complementary Spouse spent the weekend playing with our granddaughter Olivia, I spent the weekend at Andrew Branca’s The Law of Self Defense Level 1 and Level 2 classes. They were held at the Triangle Shooting Academy in Raleigh, NC. 
I learn best by taking notes and I came home with pages and pages of notes. There was so much information presented that I will be digesting and processing what I learned for weeks. I plan to go through my handwritten notes and type them out so as to reinforce what I learned and to make sure I’ll be able to translate my semi-legible scribblings while it is still fresh in my mind.
Speaking generally, we think we know what legal self defense is but I’d wager even most criminal lawyers don’t know what it takes to be legitimate. Legally, self defense is composed of five parts and all must be present for it to be valid. If you are missing even one small part, then it all falls apart and you will be at the mercy of either prosecutorial discretion or 12 people who couldn’t get out of jury duty.
The five parts are:
  • Innocence
  • Imminence
  • Reasonableness
  • Avoidance
  • Proportionality

Another key thing to remember about the law of self defense is that it has developed out of not only the black letter law but appellate rulings involving people named Poo Poo who date drug addicts and 16-year old baby mamas out clubbing. These people are not the squeaky clean plaintiffs like a Dick Heller or an Otis McDonald or a Rhonda Ezell that you find in Second Amendment civil rights case brought by Alan Gura. They are what they are and the consequences of their actions impact us legally every day as we go about our daily lives and try to stay alive and out of trouble.

We discuss DGUs or defensive gun uses every episode of the Polite Society Podcast. It is always the most downloaded segment of each show. Knowing what I know now I will be looking at these DGUs with a much more critical eye.

I attended Andrew’s live classes. Both the Level 1 and Level 2 classes are available online. Given that each cost $249, you may not be able to afford that and I can understand that. Nonetheless, you should buy a copy of his book, The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition. I’d buy the paperback edition so that you can make notes in it and highlight passages. Better yet, get the paperback edition and then purchase the Kindle version which is only $2.99 if you have the paperback.

You hope you never are ever involved in any incident involving armed self defense. If you are, then you must, as Andrew continually pointed out in the class, win both the physical battle and the legal battle. The first you need to win to preserve your life and the second you need to win to preserve your freedom.

Andrew Branca & LOSD Seminar Coming To NC In June

Attorney Andrew Branca will be bringing his Law of Self Defense Seminars to North Carolina on June 10 and 11. The classes are being sponsored by Grass Roots North Carolina and will be held at the Triangle Shooting Academy in Raleigh.

More info below in the alert from GRNC.

You carry a gun so you’re hard to kill. Know the law so you’re hard to convict. . .

Do you know the law of self defense? I mean, REALLY know the law? What good does it do to defend your life if you make some small legal mistake that ends up putting you in prison for the rest of your life?

At the Grass Roots North Carolina Annual Meeting two years ago in Charlotte, Attorney Andrew Branca taught an incredible Law of Self-Defense seminar that focused entirely on North Carolina’s laws. Most of us have taken a Concealed Handgun Permit course, which has 4 hours of legal instruction. But AndrewBranca’s class goes much deeper. 

It’s everything you need to know before you have to use force in self-defense.  Not just the black letter law, but also the judges’ legal decisions and self-defense jury instructions. This class is so detailed that if you’re a lawyer, it counts toward Continuing Legal Education. But don’t think it’s dry and boring like your CHP class was.

Andrew is a fantastic presenter, taking complex legal discussions and turning them into simple concepts and delivering them with his trademark wit.

Enroll Now and Receive a GRNC Discount

Through a special agreement with Andrew, Grass Roots North Carolina can offer you a discount (for a limited time) on these Raleigh Law of Self-Defense seminars.

Before May 28, Use discount code “GRNC” at checkout and receive 10% off one or both of these essential classes. 

But act now, because the classes are filling up quickly, and as of May 28th, the price of the classes goes up. 

The seminars will be held at
Triangle Shooting Academy
in Raleigh, NC
Level 1 Seminar
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
9:00 AM 

Level 2 Seminar
(available to those who have taken Level 1, or will take it on June 10)
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
10:00 AM 
Sign up online at: 
And remember to use discount code “GRNC” at checkout to show your support for Grass Roots North Carolina, and also to save 10%. Class is open only to pre-registered students, so sign up right away before the price increase.

Received In The Mail

Taking a page from the Instapundit who announces when he gets a new book, I just received in the mail Andrew Branca’s The Law of Self Defense. I’ve scanned it briefly and it is comprehensive. I look forward to reading it in detail and will have a review up afterwards.

Branca has been providing commentary and analysis for the past few weeks on the George Zimmerman trial in Florida at the Legal Insurrection blog. His critiques are excellent and a must read if you want to follow the Zimmerman trial without the cloud of media hype and misinformation.

Branca is offering 20% off on the book until such time as the jury returns a verdict in the Zimmerman trial. He is giving an additional 10% off if you are an IDPA or NRA member. You need to use this code – LOSD2-NRA – to get that discount. Branca, by the way, in addition to his legal practice in Massachusetts is a regular competitor in IDPA matches. If you buy the book directly from Branca, the price is currently at least $10 cheaper than Amazon.