Brandishing can be a tricky thing. But circumstances have to be the controlling factor. If you\'re on a crowded street in broad daylight at high noon and it\'s Christmas Eve and a brisk wind blows your jacket open so that the butt of your 45 shows briefly. Any little kid can see it, run over to a cop and say \"THAT MAN HAS A GUN AND I\'m SCARED\" and you go off to the clink for \"brandishing.\"
OTOH, as has happened to me: I was in a downtown parking lot late at night after helping a buddy jumpstart his car when a couple of salty looking dudes approached. One split wide to my right and the other came straight in asking me if I could spare some change so he could eat. With my eye on the flank man, I casually swept back the coat for my wallet and revealed the Sig P245 in my strongside hip and he quickly said \"NEVERMIND\" just as the buddy wolf whistled and they both ran. Brandishing? Sure. I call it being proactive to stop trouble. Setting is the key.