"Show & Tell" should be held somewhere very private so that no bystanders can see what is going on. If ANYONE sees an unholstered weapon, you are opening yourself up to a Brandishing charge (in Virginia, anyway).
It isrude, inconsiderate, foolish and seriously lacking in judgement to draw and clear a weapon anywhere other than a "safe direction" and away from curious onlookers. John Q. Public just doesn't understand the clearing procedure and is quite likely to experience a significant emotional event in his Fruit of the Looms or worse, his tick-tocker... It could quit working alltogether at the sight of an unholstered pistol andassume the functionality of a quivering bowl ofJello,AKA: V-fib orVentricular fibrillation.
We have enoughsheep having apoplexy at the sight of a HOLSTERED weapon! Can you just IMAGINE for a moment:
Panic in a crowded Starbucks if my Lovely Modern Art Masterpiece (Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II with the most beautiful Rosewood grips I've EVER seen) were to be seen by MommaSheep and her little lambs? Think about MommaSheep's reaction at the sound ofa slide locking to the rear (after the magazine had been removed, of course) and then seeing it passed from one person to another?
Not only would I have an interesting conversation with local LE, but in this New Age of OsamaCare, I would also be responsible for the medical bills of the people trampled by MommaSheep and her lambchops as they exited the premises post-haste.
Yeah... THAT's a GREAT idea... clearing a weapon in a room full of people. Remember when EF Hutton Spoke, EVERYONE LISTENED?
The sound of a 1911's slide (or most any semi-auto pistol) locking to the rear is rather unmistakeable.
WTF ARE YOU THINKING???
Silliness like this is what sets our cause BACK to caveman days, not forward.