To brandish or not to brandish?
So I know (or at least I've been told) from the NRA and training classes that I've taken that "legally" you can open carry, or brandish, in PA. But I was also warned to be very careful if I decide to do so as someone could very easily call the police. I was confused as to how you could get in trouble with the police while not doing anything illegal, but was told that open carrying could land you with a "terroristic threat" charge, or some other similar charge. :mad:
Now I have open carried in certain places. For example outside in the yard (I live in a relatively secluded area), as well as at my gun shop and other local establishments I know are OC friendly. But these areas I know to be OC friendly are usually considered more in "the sticks" than in "the city."
South western PA has a tendency to change from urban areas filled with yuppies to pastures filled with cows in a very short period of time... which is good and bad I guess.
Anyway, I'm not interested in which way to carry is better as I usually prefer for people around me not to know that I am armed, but am curious as to what one would say if encountered by the police while open carrying. What's the proper way to respond to them? More importantly what is the wrong way to respond? If I do open carry in a more urban, more populated area what is the best way not to end up on the 6 O'Clock News? Anyone have a story about a bad OC experience? Anyone have a story of OCing in PA?