[funsec] Did the South Portland Maine police overreact or not?

Drsolly drsollyp at drsolly.com
Thu Nov 2 10:30:51 CST 2006

On Thu, 2 Nov 2006, Brian Loe wrote:

> On 11/2/06, Drsolly <drsollyp at drsolly.com> wrote:
> > >   Yes, brandishing is along the lines of "showing in a threateningly
> > > manor".  Leaves an awful lot to interpretation....
> >
> > If "threatening manner" is the criterion, then I'd say that anyone openly
> > carrying a gun is showing it in a threatening manner. Isn't that the whole
> > point of openly carrying?
> To you it might be threatening, but a reasonable adult wouldn't be
> threatened at all. Considering every cop in the states carries openly
> it is pretty common,

I thought we were talking about citizens, not cops.

> besides the fact that those aforementioned
> rational adults would understand the difference between a gun in a
> holster and gun in your face....
I would find it very threatening, and I would vote accordingly on a jury. 
The entire point of carrying a gun openly, is to show that you're armed.

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