I must be more ignorant than usual this morning. Just what was the federal crime that was committed? Other than the fact that the feds could throw some more time at those two, why was this not a state crime?
I wonder how my well-documented rant about the handgun not being a talisman would stand up against that? "Your honor, my client did not display all or part of his firearm in order to intimidate anybody. He carried it to have handy when he needed to shoot someone."Brandishing defined, 18 USC §924(c)(4) For purposes of this subsection, the term “brandish” means, with respect to a firearm, to display all or part of the firearm, or otherwise make the presence of the firearm known to another person, in order to intimidate that person, regardless of whether the firearm is directly visible to that person.