Do Stand Your Ground Laws Allow People to “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later”?
Firearms / Personal Defense

Do Stand Your Ground Laws Allow People to “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later”?

I have previously written about how “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws have been subject to considerable misunderstanding and derision, and often both. It is quite common to characterize these laws as “shoot first” (and ask questions later) laws or a “license to kill.” To wit: the Huffington Post has a tag for “shoot first laws”: … Continue reading

Free Advice from Andrew Branca, But Go to Law of Self Defense Seminar, Too
Firearms / Personal Defense

Free Advice from Andrew Branca, But Go to Law of Self Defense Seminar, Too

I recently wrote a fairly long summary of some of the most important lessons I took from Andrew Branca’s Law of Self Defense Seminar. Fortunately for those who can’t attend the seminar, Branca actually gives a lot of his material away free or for very low cost. For example, the substance of the seminar overlaps … Continue reading

Andrew Branca on the Law of Self-Defense
Books / Concealed Carry / Personal Defense

Andrew Branca on the Law of Self-Defense

I was fortunate recently to be able to take Andrew Branca’s “Law of Self Defense” (LOSD) seminar when he was in Charlotte for the Grass Roots North Carolina annual meeting and dinner. Branca is a Massachusetts attorney who specializes in self-defense law, has an extensive background in the shooting sports (his IDPA number is 13), … Continue reading

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 3: The Rise of the Shall-Issue (Right-to-Carry) Era of Concealed Carry
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 3: The Rise of the Shall-Issue (Right-to-Carry) Era of Concealed Carry

In my previous post, I discussed the important historical observations about the “restricted era” of concealed carry in Brian Anse Patrick’s book, Rise of the Anti-Media: In-Forming America’s Concealed Weapon Carry Movement. In this era, concealed carry was either disallowed completely or allowed under a very restrictive discretionary system. In two subsequent chapters, Patrick chronicles … Continue reading