Define brandishing

This is a discussion on Define brandishing within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've been reading a lot of posts lately about brandishing. Seems like the opinions range widely. Some of the above are taken from posts on ...

View Poll Results: Define brandishing

Voters
261. You may not vote on this poll
  • Pulling back clothing to reveal weapon

    101 38.70%
  • Putting hand on weapon but not drawing

    33 12.64%
  • Drawing weapon, racking slide to load, return to holster

    46 17.62%
  • Waving in the air, or pointing at someone

    174 66.67%
Multiple Choice Poll.
Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 59

Thread: Define brandishing

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array highvoltage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    1,121

    Define brandishing

    I've been reading a lot of posts lately about brandishing. Seems like the opinions range widely. Some of the above are taken from posts on this forum.

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Senior Member Array PaulJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    616
    all of the above or neither... brandishing means (to me), displaying the weapon in a careless / threatening manner. If I pull much shirt back, and say "I am going to shoot you if you pull into my parking space", I am brandishing. If I am on my front porch, and wave my gun in the air in a friendly "Hi" to my neighbor, then I am not brandishing (I may still be careless/stupid... but not brandishing).
    I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. (Thomas Jefferson)

  4. #3
    Member Array FireAir7215's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    208
    To wave or flourish (a weapon, for example) menacingly.

  5. #4
    VIP Member Array rottkeeper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    3,194
    Are you talking about opinion or legally speaking for the poll?
    For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the son of man be. Mathew 24:27

    NRA Member

  6. #5
    Senior Member Array Ivan4x4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth , Texas
    Posts
    505
    in texas it's all of the above
    EDC's Colt Defender 45 acp and S&W 442 .38
    Springfield XD 45 acp
    Ruger SR9
    Ruger Super RedHawk .44 mag
    mossberg 590 12 gauge tactical
    bushmaster AR15-M4

  7. #6
    Member Array ReaperVelle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    US - Mass
    Posts
    45
    At the very min, pulling your clothing back revealing your weapon is what I would consider Brandishing...

    ...Putting your hand on your weapon, but not drawing...not enough info there to say, as you can put your hand on your weapon and the weapon can still be concealed from everyone else.

    Drawing your weapon, racking and reholstering would be brandishing and possibly MUCH more depending on the mindset of the sheeple that saw you.

    Drawing, waiving or pointing at someone.... you better be in process of defending your life or your families lives, cause you will be meeting with Mr L.E.O. with more than possibily of 3 squares if lives were not in immediate danger.

  8. #7
    Moderator
    Array RETSUPT99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    44,646
    Depending upon the situation...I'd say, all of the above.
    The last Blood Moon Tetrad for this millennium starts in April 2014 and ends in September 2015...according to NASA.

    ***********************************
    Certified Glock Armorer
    NRA Life Member[/B]

  9. #8
    Senior Moderator
    Array pgrass101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    13,475
    It could be all of the above, it depends on what context. If you cut in front of me in the check out line at Wal-mart and I put my hand on my pistol in your view then that is brandishing
    “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein,

  10. #9
    VIP Member Array Tom G's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    2,375
    All of the above especially if it was done in a menacingly way.

  11. #10
    Ex Member Array GreenHorn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Leawood Ks
    Posts
    405
    All of the above. You left that poll choice out.

  12. #11
    Member Array Bender's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    156
    You should check with your state laws.... All of the above could be considered brandishing in Virgina.
    Ahhh, what an awful dream. Ones and zeros everywhere... and I thought I saw a two.


  13. #12
    Member Array carver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    East TX
    Posts
    225
    I, also, will vote for all of the above!
    Y'all be safe now, ya hear!

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
    Thomas Jefferson

  14. #13
    VIP Member
    Array archer51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    21,341
    In almost every circumstance they would all be considered brandishing.

  15. #14
    Member Array Jumper2501's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    434
    I, too, am voting e) ALL OF THE ABOVE!
    NRA member
    GrassRoots GunRights SC member
    Walther PPS .40 / KelTec P3AT

  16. #15
    VIP Member Array David in FL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    2,342
    I prefer not to guess. Whenever possible, I let the statutes of each individual state define it for me.

    In Florida that would be:

    790.10 Improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms.

    --If any person having or carrying any dirk, sword, sword cane, firearm, electric weapon or device, or other weapon shall, in the presence of one or more persons, exhibit the same in a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, the person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

    As you can see, as others have said, all or none of the options in your poll could apply, depending on the individual situation.
    "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

    Theodore Roosevelt

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Define concealed carry?
    By jsunsr in forum Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: January 3rd, 2010, 10:15 AM
  2. Would someone please define for me what an illegal gun is
    By ExactlyMyPoint in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: May 24th, 2009, 11:02 PM
  3. Define BBQ Gun
    By CCRIDER in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: February 21st, 2009, 02:00 PM
  4. Define A Bar In Florida
    By puncho in forum Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: February 12th, 2009, 03:32 PM
  5. Define Competent
    By Blackhawk6 in forum Defensive Carry & Tactical Training
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: August 25th, 2006, 02:22 PM

Search tags for this page

banishing a firearm
,

brandishing a firearm in georgia

,
brandishing a firearm in wv
,
brandishing a weapon georgia
,
brandishing a weapon in georgia
,
brandishing a weapon in wv
,
define brandishing
,
georgia brandishing
,
georgia brandishing a firearm
,

georgia brandishing law

,
rcw brandishing
,
wv brandishing law
Click on a term to search for related topics.