“How would an attacker know you were armed unless you pulled your weapon? In some states that would considered brandishing a weapon and the perceived attacker could stop and call the cops on you for doing that. Then youd be the one arrested. I guess you have to be actually attacked first (i.e. Zimmerman) before you could brandish your weapon. Anyway, just saying.”
Your still better off that getting attacked. And besides, it’s the threat of bodily harm that triggers self defense... It’s what the victim perceives.
A friend of my dad who works as a tow truck driver was setting up to tow a car. Owner came up and was threatening him with bodily harm. My dad’s friend pulled his gun and told the guy to back off. The guy went to the cops and the tow truck driver was arrested for brandishing a weapon. This is in Seattle.