Define brandishing

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 ...

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  • 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%
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    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.

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    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).
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    To wave or flourish (a weapon, for example) menacingly.

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    Are you talking about opinion or legally speaking for the poll?
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    in texas it's all of the above
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    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.

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    Depending upon the situation...I'd say, all of the above.
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    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
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    All of the above especially if it was done in a menacingly way.

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    All of the above. You left that poll choice out.

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    You should check with your state laws.... All of the above could be considered brandishing in Virgina.
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    I, also, will vote for all of the above!
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    In almost every circumstance they would all be considered brandishing.

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    I, too, am voting e) ALL OF THE ABOVE!
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    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.
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