LEO Question Re: exposed weapon
I was reading a thread the other day, on here or THR (I think it was here) about a gentleman whose wife's carry piece fell into view, and the officer turned it into a felony stop. Now, I don't dispute the officer's need to control the situation, but as some noted in that thread, it's a matter of discretion.
In some states, open carry is legal (and from what I recall from that thread, it was in that state too) and in some it isn't. I can understand an elevated reaction from an LEO in a non-OC state. I can also understand an elevated reaction when the individuals are acting suspiscious, etc. In the thread I read, it didn't seem (from the OP's POV, and I know there's always another) that they were acting very suspiscious. So, here's my question to you:
Where does the display of a weapon cross the line? Here in Maine I'm well within my right to have a handgun on my hip, on the car seat, whatever (though it can only be loaded if I have a CCW). In fact, unless I have a CCW, if it's in the passenger compartment it MUST be in plain sight. Now, if I were pulled over by the same cop in the other thread, it seems I would have been secured. So, where do you draw the line? What distinguishes a person just exercising their RKBA vs. someone who's displaying a weapon that may require a felony stop?