The OP worte: So it appears to me that while the OP didn't draw his gun, he did display it in what could be interpreted as a threatening manner; and it also appears that the gun might very well have seen the gun. If you are you displaying your gun to intimidate someone, to assure that someone keeps his distance or leaves, to secure his compliance, etc., your display could well be seen as a threat. The usual definition of assault, based on the Common Law, is: In the laws of some States this crime might be given another name. For example, in Alabama it's called "menacing." But by whatever name it is called, it is a crime in every State. So a display of a firearm or telling someone you have a gun, when done for the purposes of intimidation, is, in all States, an assault of some type. You are effectively putting someone in fear of an imminent harmful or offensive contact, i. e., getting shot.