I'm not sure whether this is appropriate for this section or should be in Legal and Political. Please feel free to move if needed. Any general guidelines on when it is prudent, legal or a bad idea to draw and show a concealed carry weapon as a deterrent without immediate intent to fire? Some theoretical situations might be: Walking across parking lot with purchases and two or more people on bicycles begin circling you. Individual uses bullying tone to suggest s/he would think it funny to release a pit bull with obviously aggressive body language to attack you and your dog, perhaps stepping forward or mimicking your move to leave the area. Older teens or adults with skateboards act aggressively surly and crowding passage. Panhandler insisting on moving close after being told to keep a distance.