No worries, makes more sense now. :grinSorry, I should have been clearer. My question about " can you tell someone your armed was not in reference to the situation I talked about at Whole Foods. That would be ridiculous. I was changing the subject a bit. So, I'm asking again. In a situation that that is becoming threatening, Is there a difference legally between brandishing, and verbally letting someone know your are armed ? Just wondering
I'm not an attorney, but it is my understanding that you are justified in both presenting your firearm or announcing your firearm if the situation deems your usage of the firearm.
Can you do it because someone littered and you want them to pick up their trash? Well, no. What would you do if they told you to kick rocks?
Can you do it because some guy just grabbed a woman who's screaming, "RAPE, HELP!" and was attempting to drag her into a van? Well, possibly. What would you do if this person told you to pound sand? Before you answer, what if it was a US Marshal apprehending a fugitive?
Basically, if it's legal to shoot, it's legal to present or announce. Many, if not most, DGUs do not even require the trigger to be pulled. Then again, stating you have a gun to someone who's done nothing wrong could be interpreted as aggravated assault--a felony. (784.021)
Clear as mud, right? :grin
Remember, I'm not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Those wiser than I will be on soon enough to correct me if I've misspoke.