Dutch Uncle wroteMany states include the same, or very similar, language in their statutes. But ... they do not define the term "brandish," and therein lies the problem. If the police wish to make an example of you, even if the weapon is in a holster on your belt they will charge you under this language if they have even one bystander who will claim to have been "terrified" by the sight of a "man with a gun!" It's hogwash, of course, and generally doesn't stand up in court -- but it requires that you hire an attorney and show up in court to defend yourself against the bogus charge.The Code of Virginia Searchable Database ( 18.2-282) says "It shall be unlawful for any person to point, hold or brandish any firearm....in a public place in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured."
To a reasonable person, "brandish" does indeed mean to wave around conspicuously. To an LEO out to make a bust, "display" ==> "brandish."