The definition of BRANDISHING a firearm in Mich-- in short layman's terms it is-- The showing of your pistol in either a threating, or intimidating manner to any person. The pistol in open view, or taking it out to show someone, is not brandishing. But keep in mind, with the pistol, comes the knowledge that you may come across some smart-ass cop who wants to push the point, just because they don't like us carrying guns! I do have to admit, I have been carrying in the open for 2yrs now, and have not been challenged even once! I have been in plain sight of state, county, and local police officers in 3 counties. As a result I really don't give it much thought anymore. As I tell who ever will listen, lock and load, don't leave home without it!