The general guideline that I personally use is if it's not legal to shoot them, it's not legal to show them.
That is the case legally, but once 299 goes into effect we have a little more leeway. Not sure if you knew that already. So it seems he's asking his scenario under the rule of the new law, once in effect.
Yeah, CJD, that's exactly what I'm asking. How would 299 affect my intentionally displaying a holstered gun.
The airport encounter was a factual situation that happened to me years ago. I was about 22 years old at the time. In my 30s I got heavily into close quarter combat training that involved the use of a knife in self defense. My CQC instructor (his background is in Arnis...and a retired police officer) used my scenario as a teaching aide to for when you'd use a concealed grip hiding the blade behind the forearm. At that time (pre 9/11) I could've had a knife on me in Love Field's terminal and had the blade hidden just in case this guy had made any aggressive move at me. At his closes I could have taken one step forward and touched him while his backup(s) stood there about 25 feet away.
Without a doubt I knew that I was being sized up as a mugging target. Given this situation, today, I would want to have a firearm but not have to use it. Hence, 299, simply displaying
the fact that I had a holstered
pistol in an effort to defuse their sizing me up as a target. Without using a "show of force" I want them to have yet another reason to say, "I don't think he's worth it."
It's situation like mine is why I'm in favor of open carry, as legal protection. My reasoning isn't to be able to walk around with an exposed gun like Oklahomans can (I'd rather not having anyone know I'm carrying) but to give me the judgment to display the holstered gun without the Class A legal recourse if I had reasonable belief my life was endanger.
Like I told my state rep, it would be nice if he could get a change in the law so that the charge for deliberately exposing a holstered gun is dropped from a Class A to a Class C. I told him, "Yeah, I'll take the risk of getting Class C and paying the fine if I thought I was justified for my intentional displaying a holstered pistol as an effort to defuse my becoming another mugging statistic."