Episode 212: Self-Defense Law Q&A with Andrew Branca

Topic: Self-Defense Law Q&A with Andrew Branca

Today Riley is flying solo with the podcast and presents the pre-recorded interview he and Jacob did together with self-defense law expert Andrew Branca at SHOT Show 2018. We cover a variety of topics dealing with the difference between the threat of force and use of deadly force, brandishing, and understanding where the legal boundaries are that will keep you protected from prosecution.

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Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Kendahl on March 30, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    As Andrew explained, threatening someone with a gun constitutes aggravated assault unless you can justify that action as self defense. Therefore, why was Cruz not arrested, charged, etc. by the police who were called after he did exactly that?

    • Riley Bowman on March 30, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      You are correct. But I think I explained the reason why the Parkland shooter may not have been arrested or charged in the episode–family members and individuals he was living with may have refused to press charges or testify against him. That would mean there was no case to pursue against him, and thus no arrest and no guns being taken away.

      In one instance on November 29th, deputies were called to the home, but after speaking with the person that had placed the 911 call to begin with, he refused to press charges. Signed a “refusal to prosecute form” even. The individual said he didn’t want the Parkland shooter to go to jail, and that he had been going through a lot recently after the passing of his birth mother.


  2. James on April 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Riley, this subject is such a minefield but the interview definitely cleared a few things up. I nearly always opt for a non lethal defense product, as I travel state to state and can’t guarantee that I’ll be well versed in all the local laws.

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