To Doug Hoffman, OC-Glock19, and louismacote:
Please know our laws in WA before making comments regarding whether it's alright to point a firearm at someone. In WA, as Johnny Law (who's an LEO) has said, it is perfectly legal to draw and point your gun at someone in self-defense. If that's all it takes to diffuse the situation, then everyone walks away from the situation and justice can be done.
For instance, if someone is running at you with a knife in hand aggressively, I would expect you to draw your gun and point it... but if said person with a knife then stops, drops the knife and puts their hands in the air at seeing the gun pointed at them, how in the world
do you justify pulling the trigger?
It's called "Escalation of force"... I see "at the ready" and "pointed at" the two levels prior to "pulling the trigger".
As for carrying handcuffs or CPL badges, it's legal in WA, but I don't see it as prudent.
Plus, it's actually a hinder
to the OC cause of promoting the fact that OC is legal in WA by regular citizens. If you wear one, the other or both to make people think you might
be LE, then you're only promoting the thought that only LE can OC. If you aren't ready to handle the fact that you might have to talk to people about OC, whether it be a random citizen, manager of a business, or an LEO, then you probably shouldn't be OC'ing, in my opinion. I see it like the test for teens: If you are too embarassed to go to the store and buy condoms, then you aren't ready to be having sex.