I do have “POSTED” AND “NO TRESSPASSING” AND “PRIVATE PROPERTY” signs on the entrance gate to my property.
To be completely honest i would not normally display a firearm whatsoever
unless I intended to use it. (Ordinarily, if someone were to see my firearm during a confrontation they would likely also see the muzzle-flash.)
This character was so Brazen I felt he needed to have a memorable event so as to permanently modify his behavior on my land.
I do not believe I “brandished” my pistol in any threatening manner, and there was no other witness to the encounter at the gate. (My pocket had a hole in it and the pistol was almost ready to “fall thru”…so I had to remove it from the pocket to prevent its’ falling dangerously to the ground..?)
Seriously tho’., I kept the handgun pointed at the ground. My purpose was not to threaten him in the moment, but to illustrate to him that I am equipped and capable of deadly force on my own property if he repeats his performance. (I am also ”LTC” , licensed to carry, and have a minor education / participation / background in law enforcement.)
Even in CA the law is specific about “brandishment”:
Brandishing a firearm or weapon is a crime which is prosecuted under penal code 417.
However, merely taking out a weapon to display or show off is not a crime so long as you did not do so in an angry or threatening way.
PENAL CODE CHAPTER 46. WEAPONS
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov › htm › PE.46.htm
(a-5) A person commits an offense if the person carries a handgun and intentionally displays the handgun in plain view of another person in a public place
If you have been charged with unlawfully brandishing or discharging a weapon in the Dallas area, contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 for help mounting a strategic defense.
And… He did really need a haircut.
(I have edited this several times as i researched the brandishment issue)